This All-Weather Electric Bike is Incredible

While I was in St Pete an environmental activist came by the International House riding an new model of electric bike called a PEBL. I give a little review of it here and also talk about some delicious local foods in St Pete.

Hassan’s Round House: Bottle Bricks, Natural Light and Ventilation

In this last installment of the tour of Hassan’s new round strawbale house at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, we find out more about the features that encourage natural lighting and ventilation of the house. He also shows us how he made bottle bricks out of wine bottles and glass jars to use as lighting features in his cordwood interior walls.

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Clever Sustainable Design Features Of Hassan’s Strawbale Round House Pt 2

Hassan designed every part of this strawbale house to be functional, sustainable, and aesthetically impeccable. It’s not a tiny house, but it is a small house made for multiple families to share a minimal space. It’s still unfinished but in this video he explains what he’s built so far, and what the house will look like when he’s finished. The tour continues with an explanation of the benefits of a round house design. From cordwood, cob and wattle and daub, to strawbale and light clay straw, this house features every kind of natural building method imaginable.

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Strawbale Round House Showcases Every Natural Building Method Imaginable

This is the first of a few videos I’ll post touring Hassan’s round house–a structure still under construction that showcases just about every natural building technique you can imagine. His house is in the second year of building, but it’s future beauty is already visible even though it’s unfinished. This house also implements many systems–heating, cooling, insulation, water–that make it a truly sustainable house. There’s a lot to see so it needed a few videos to explain it all.

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Rocket Man Kyle Demos Amazing Rocket Stove Flat Cooking Surface

Kyle of the Dancing Rabbit Critters gives us a tour of the “cooking appliances” in their community outdoor kitchen. They cook without fossil fuel using waste wood and solar energy to make their meals.

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Outdoor Kitchen Redefines Simple Living, Saves Money

Continuing the tour of the Critter Kitchen at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Kyle talks about the design features of their outdoor kitchen. The Critters wanted their kitchen to be affordable, upcycle materials, and eliminate the need for fossil fuel. They thought a lot about how they wanted to build it to serve not only these purposes, but to create a space where community could thrive.

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