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    A friend of mine builds super efficient homes.

    He own a very efficient home in Edmonton

    and another one in Vernon BC

    and a third on Pender Island.

    My one home is far more efficient and less damaging to the environment than his three homes.
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    Compare your footprint and your neighbors on your street to your friend and his three homes plus David Suzuki, Al Gore, Neal Young, and Leonardo DiCaprio

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumbones View Post
    Compare your footprint and your neighbors on your street to your friend and his three homes plus David Suzuki, Al Gore, Neal Young, and Leonardo DiCaprio

    Bingo!
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    How a missing Wikipedia entry for Who Let the Dogs Out led to a nine-year hunt for answers | CBC Radio

    https://www.cbc.ca/radio/day6/canada...wers-1.5110629

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    Quote Originally Posted by H.L. View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Drumbones View Post
    Compare your footprint and your neighbors on your street to your friend and his three homes plus David Suzuki, Al Gore, Neal Young, and Leonardo DiCaprio

    Bingo!
    And who maintains those properties? One gas leaf blower emits a huge amount of pollution compared to say moving from a modestly sized car to even a large SUV.

    Then add in any of these so called environmentalist’s often extensive air travel!

    Yet if we buy one SUV, we’re cast the evil ones.





    James Fallows on Leaf Blowers and Activism - The Atlantic

    “But you won’t see as many of them in those cities anymore, because governments in Asia and elsewhere have been banning and phasing out two-stroke engines on antipollution grounds. In 2014 a study published in Nature Communications found that VOC emissions (a variety of carbon gases that can produce smog and harm human beings) were on average 124 times higher from an idling two-stroke scooter than from a truck or a car. With respect to benzene, a carcinogenic pollutant, the group found that each cubic meter of exhaust from an idling two-stroke scooter contained 60,000 times the safe level of exposure. Two-stroke engines have largely disappeared from the scooter, moped, and trail-bike markets in America. Regulators around the world are pushing older two-stroke engines toward extinction.”


    “In 2017, the California Air Resources Board issued a warning that may seem incredible but has not been seriously challenged: By 2020, gas-powered leaf blowers, lawn mowers, and similar equipment in the state could produce more ozone pollution than all the millions of cars in California combined. Two-stroke engines are that dirty. Cars have become that clean.”

    ...

    “A second thing I discovered is the damage leaf blowers do to people’s hearing.”

    ...

    “...By contrast, low-frequency noise has great penetrating power: It goes through walls, cement barriers, and many kinds of hearing-protection devices. The acoustic study found that in a densely settled neighborhood, a gas-powered blower rated at, say, 75 decibels of noisiness can affect up to 15 times as many households as”



    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine...er-ban/583210/


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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
    A friend of mine builds super efficient homes.

    He own a very efficient home in Edmonton

    and another one in Vernon BC

    and a third on Pender Island.

    My one home is far more efficient and less damaging to the environment than his three homes.
    that might be a short term and mistaken comparison. first, you are comparing yourself to him and not your home to his homes. in that sense you may be correct (although not knowing how efficient those three are you may not be).

    but it's unlikely he will own all three forever and even less likely they will be owned by one person forever. at that point there will be three homes - and three sets of homeowners - more efficient and less damaging than yours.
    "If you did not want much, there was plenty." Harper Lee

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
    Yes, if you have 4 acres of land, a southern exposure, and a million dollars plus to build. No solar panels or energy efficiency features were mentioned.

    No mention of the earth unfriendly design of a 3,000ft2+ home in a low density rural community (Density 30.1/km2) where they cleared all the trees and now have a massive home to heat.

    If everyone in Edmonton (​Density 1,800/km2) had such a place, the city would have to have at least 10 times the area to build and increase the distance everyone would have to commute.

    I highly doubt that the home is anymore friendly than a high density condo building where 300 people can live on 4 acres of land and walk to work or take transit compared to 2 people and a dog with a huge SUV that have to travel kilometers just to pick up milk and eggs.

    Quote Originally Posted by KC View Post
    Yeah the whole sustainability thing is BS. Same BS in trying to say efficiently housing an ever bigger population in little boxes stacked ever higher is sustainable. They still suck the life out of all the surrounding environment. And add another million bucket lists all involving environmental degradation.

    Quote Originally Posted by kcantor View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
    A friend of mine builds super efficient homes.

    He own a very efficient home in Edmonton

    and another one in Vernon BC

    and a third on Pender Island.

    My one home is far more efficient and less damaging to the environment than his three homes.
    that might be a short term and mistaken comparison. first, you are comparing yourself to him and not your home to his homes. in that sense you may be correct (although not knowing how efficient those three are you may not be).

    but it's unlikely he will own all three forever and even less likely they will be owned by one person forever. at that point there will be three homes - and three sets of homeowners - more efficient and less damaging than yours.
    There’s also my situation of having a lake property. It sits most of the year using zero energy. (Maybe uses $10-20/yr in electricity). It can be horribly polluting when I’m there though. (Mowing acres of grass and in the past using coal and wood stoves.)

    To make it green would use up a lot of resources that would never get a clean-usage payoff/recovery. Cost with little benefit. Like replacing an attic’s incandescent light with an LED.

    Our ownership though means that over 90% of the land (2/3 or so miles of natural shoreline plus creek etc) remains natural and undeveloped.

    Bringing ever more people into the province though just increases the attractiveness of alternative uses. The taxes go up, the value goes up and it’s ultimate destruction (aka development) is pretty much set in stone.
    Last edited by KC; 28-04-2019 at 11:35 AM.

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    Maybe we could grow bamboo here.

    Magic of bamboo- homes of the future
    https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p06sj...de-from-bamboo

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    Dirty Cash Probe Finds Booming Vancouver-China Luxury Car Trade - Bloomberg

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...xury-car-trade

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    “Let me tell you a joke...”

    I finally found it and it’s at the very start of this video!!!! (From one of the best programs ever!)

    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2cji4q

    James Burke, The Day The Universe Changed

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    Meet the bricklaying robot that can build a house in 3 days

    Anastasia Tokmakova, Dec 20, 2018

    https://archinect.com/news/article/1...ouse-in-3-days



    With construction workers scarce, homebuilders turn to robots, software
    PAUL DAVIDSON | USA TODAY
    June 24, 2018

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/money...ots/704109002/


    This drywall-installing robot will finish building your new home, meatbag / Boing Boing

    https://boingboing.net/2018/10/01/th...ing-robot.html




    Amazon makes first investment in a homebuilder, backing start-up focused on prefabricated houses
    SEP 25 2018
    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/25/amaz...mebuilder.html
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    Residential Knox-Box Program
    https://www.cityofhenderson.com/fire...ox-box-program


    I see BC and Ontario but no Alberta:

    https://www.knoxhomebox.com/community



    Waterloo firefighter designs new 'lock box' that reduces respond times for emergency personnel
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitch...nnel-1.4535529



    Calgary Fire Department Lock Box

    “The Calgary Fire Department mandates that the CFD Boxes must be serviced bi-annually to insure that all keys that are in box are accounted for and are working in designated doors. ...charges $75 per visit”

    https://www.affordablelocksmiths.com...tment-lockbox/

    Last edited by KC; 18-05-2019 at 06:53 AM.

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    The “Physical Legacy” is a route to learning of the academic achievements.

    The Physical Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps
    BROOK SUTTON, MAY 22, 2015



    “...it’s not the academic legacy of the volunteer corps that stirs nostalgia in our hearts. It’s the physical structures they built that ...”

    “When considering the sheer quantity of work accomplished, it’s extraordinary to note that the CCC only ran nine years, 1933-1942. It was the brainchild of newly elected President Roosevelt. The concept was simple. In exchange for shelter, clothing, food, and a small stipend, young unemployed men would do necessary conservation work around the country. ”


    “...the men of the organization:

    - Planted more than 3 billion trees
    - Built 3,470 fire towers
    - Built 97,000 miles of fire road
    - Constructed more 800 parks
    - Fought wildland fires
    - Protected range and wildlife corridors
    - Improved drainage infrastructure on 84,400,000 acres of land
    - Responded to regional emergencies

    All told, more than 3 million young men enrolled in the program. Of their $30 monthly stipend, they were required to send $25 home. That money is largely credited with keeping small communities liquid throughout the Depression. And the men, many of whom were too poor to feed and house themselves, ...”


    https://www.adventure-journal.com/20...rvation-corps/

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