Ron wants to build a green home because it’s good for the World, and Ron’s right. In fact “good” might be an understatement. It’s beginning to appear to be essential for the good health of our planet and it’s people.
PREMISES OF THE PROJECT:
- To see what we think about the S-word, read this article, we agree with them!
- Its pretty gloomy out there! There’s a lot we should be paying attention to… unprecedented (other than meteors and stuff) loss of life (biodiversity and total number of living entities), pollution of air, water, and earth, resource depletion, economic divides, slavery, starvation, oppression, etc. It all matters, but you’ve heard most of it before, and its all still going the wrong way.
The graph [above], prepared from a later version of this article on Looking Back on the Limits to Growth, shows the prediction was amazingly close.
- But there’s also SO MUCH POTENTIAL!!! And optimists tend to be more successful. This project is glimpse at that potential, addressing nearly all of those trends, but from a position of highest possibilities, not just “solving” problems, or fixing broken things; upgrading underlying systems from a fundamentally different approach.
- The meaning of Life:
Etymology: “…also of Greek liparein “to persist, persevere;” (etymonline.com)
Sounds a lot like sustain, doesn’t it?! We think this is a hint at the fundament pattern and maybe even an aspect of the purpose of Life itself – to overcome entropy, with syntropy. Life moves toward ever high levels of order and consciousness. A lot of humans have just been playing for the wrong team for awhile. Once we switch back to Team Syntropy, we believe the process of vitalizing and revitalizing our living planet will be rapid. Ramboland will look like one little corner of that world.
STUFF TO WORK ON!
- Innovation in accessibility and universal design largely ceased when the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed. This legislation was critical to achieving a broader MINIMUM standard of accessibility, but does not yield ideal conditions, and leaves a huge amount of room for progress.
- Millions of citizens with special needs rely on government aid, but the structuring of the provision of that support has become overly dogmatic and bureaucratic, and actually traps those citizens in difficult, unhealthy, and even dangerous conditions. Forthcoming federal legislation may make it even harder for organizations to creatively provide more resources and better support, by prohibiting service providing facilities within 1000′ of one another. While this, and all the other legislation was ostensibly created with good intentions, most of it is having unintended negative consequences. Our new model may have an answer to some of this. Building economically self-sustaining, and occupant health up-lifiting homes, we could radically reduce costs and even eliminate the need for monthly subsistence, while extending the length and enhancing the quality of life for those with special needs.
In sequence: 2014 Disability Statistics Annual Report. A Publication of the Disability Statistics & Demographics Rehabilitation Research & Training Center; 2005 data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation, extrapolated to 2015 population; 2014 Disability Statistics Annual Report A Publication of the Disability Statistics & Demographics Rehabilitation Research & Training Center
- Green building is a euphemism for NOT
…wasting energy and water,
…polluting air, water, and soil, and
Yep, we still need a word for that, because standard practice does all those things.
- Green building only costs more if you suck at it, or if you’re really pushing the envelope on performance, way beyond LEED and most other rating systems. Adding “green stuff” to a typical building will create a small premium. Deeply integrating systems from the design stage will mean there are less of them (lights, equipment, even walls and square footage). After that, if you want the fancy recycled glass countertops, just check it against your budget first, and don’t blame green building for your cost overruns.
Blue bars = non-green buildings, green = LEED certified, grey = LEED Silver, yellow = LEED Gold, white = LEED Platinum
Source: Cost of Green Revisited, 2007. Davis Langdon.
- Green building, driven largely by LEED in the U.S., has moved the dial (for the better) on how our buildings and the building industry impact living systems. But we must significantly accelerate the progress. Buildings are still the largest negative human impact on living systems in several impact categories. The industry has fallen far short of a full paradigm shift in the design and planning of built-environments… so far.
Team Rambo believes that we can demonstrate (with integrative and regenerative processes, and state-of-the-shelf technology, as well as open mindsets with regard to regulations) that a HUGE leap forward that yields MASSIVE, truly triple-bottom-line* benefits can happen NOW.
Jump to THE PROJECT, to see how we’re doing that.
*(economic, social, and environmental)