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Hi John,

Really enjoying your writing and views.

My main concern was just about the difficulty of getting the sort of energy levels that people are used to from ‘green’ systems. So far, I think a lot of that world has been hype. Governments have poured money into some ventures, but that only provides a false story about their viability.

Agreed. It’s hype but it created some awareness.

Batteries…The lithium extraction practices are just as unsettling as the ones used to extract oil and coal. Solar has many downsides, just like hydro and wind power.

I came to that realization after a few weeks of research so, I started looking for better solutions. That’s when I discovered Permaculture, the Living Building Challenge, zero-waste, plant based diet, minimilism and finally, passive solar greenhouses adjacent to homes.

Applying each of those concepts to our daily lives is the solution. Look them up and you might also recognize a different world opening up to us all. One that promotes a circulatory system in order to achieve sustainability and resilience — to maximize our positive impact on this planet bit also live better.

Have you heard of Biotecture? Michael Reynolds…The concept is out there but he’s onto something. I visited their homes in Taos New Mexico and found amazing comfort and ingenuity in their methods. We have one Earthship inspired home that was built here in Québec last year and with our weather and humidity (our aquifer is higher than most), this family’s home has maintained a comfortable temperature of 18 degrees Celsius (with this type of construction, feels more like 20 degrees Celsius) with the help of passive solar energy, thermal mass and barely a cord of wood all winter. The orientation of the house’s greenhouse windows face south to maximize its passive solar energy.

The use of bi-products has its environmental advantages and it can be a good alternative to new construction materials in most parts of the world. Here, I have the option of going natural from the start (hemp, wood, lime plaster, adobe, cellulose). I would probably use tires for a second greenhouse. Materials like aluminium are durable, 100% recyclable and uses only 5% of its initial transformation energy/waste to recycle. Roxul is energy intensive and expensive but lasts forever as insolation.

There are a surprisingly high number of people looking into the same stuff I am. Be it starting with plant based, Biotecture, Permaculture, zero-waste, minimilsm…they all link into one another and sooner than later, due to positive results, we end up dipping our toes into all of these concepts. Pretty neat no?