For those of you who have been following, the Solar Decathlon is going on right now. The Decathlon features innovative homes that are solar powered built by universities around the US. Its a pretty big production as a dozen houses are constructed on site to compete and showcase to thousands of visitors.
Well my home city of Charlotte NC has a team going to the Decathlon from UNCC. Here is their house called Urban Eden. Some of the neat features of this house is the rolling solar panel array that allows you to control the solar exposure in the summer months. They also have an interesting polymer cement that reduces the buildings impact. Check out the video below to see it all!
Many people know about the video The Story Of Stuff, since its release it has been very popular. Recently the same folks release a new video called The Story Of Solutions. The video talks about how for a long time the name of the game in our economy has been growing the GDP, having more, buy buy buy. I am preaching to the choir, but we all know while there are things we need, consumerism in America has become a little crazy.
So this video makes the assertion that that we shouldn’t focus on more, but instead better. I think the one point they should have made stronger in the video is that in some cases more=better, but it often has a different twist to it. In some cases more won’t be better and for an economy that is on a finite planet we need to grapple with that.
While the solutions they presented in the film are good ones, we also know we have a long fight ahead of us against those who have a financial stake in keeping the status quo. It made me think of the project Christopher Carson (of Tiny House The Movie) was part of, a local campaign to fight Xcel Energies deep pockets campaign to prevent municipal sustainable energy program.
Recently I was emailed this post and beam cabin by one of our readers, thanks Greg!, that is located in BC Canada. The Cabin is actually for sale right now, but its very stunning! Their website is here The cabin is 16’x20′ on main floor and 9’x16′ loft on 2.3 acre lot. Built in 2010 by Pioneer Log Homes Craftsmen.
Correction:It was brought to my attention that these photos originally appeared on Small House Bliss. You can find the original post here
Alright, the time has come, we’re getting down to the wire, my email box has been flooded with excited emails for the upcoming conference. Today, 9/30, is the last day to get your early bird tickets, after today they will go up to regular price.
Also here are some of the common questions we have been getting:
Q: Where & When is the conference
A: The conference will be in Charlotte, NC April 5th & 6th, 2014
Q: What will happen at the conference?
A: We have 12 tiny house experts that will teach you everything from building to living in a tiny house, plus a ton of tiny houses to tour in person, plus so much more! Our schedule
Q: How much are tickets?
A: $250 for early bird, $300 for regular
Q: Where will I stay? Are there campsites? hotels?
A: We are holding our event a McDowell Nature preserve, they have 60 campsites and there are 3 hotels within 5 minutes drive. Reserve your site today, details here
Q: I can’t afford tickets, can I volunteer?
A: Yes, we have 15 “pay what you can” volunteer tickets. These are reserved for those who truly can’t afford full price, they pay what they can afford and then volunteer their time to make up for the rest. More info here We also have a carpool forum.
Things are really gearing up for the Tiny House Conference, in a short time people will be converging from all over! Today I wanted to let you know about an exciting announcement. Lina Menard will be joining us at the conference as one of our expert speakers. We are very excited to have her!
Come meet Lina and Many others! Early bird tickets end on the 1st of Oct.
Lina is a tiny house designer, builder, blogger, dweller, and advocate. She keeps a blog called This Is The Little Life, featuring vignettes about simple living in small spaces. Lina holds a Sustainable Building & Design Certification from Yestermorrow, a Master’s in Urban & Regional Planning from Portland State University, and certificates in Urban Design and Sustainable Building Advising. Lina has been featured in the Portland Tribune, OR Magazine, Vermont Public Radio, and Portlandia.