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Clean energy and Adaptation
« on: November 25, 2010, 04:26:23 PM »
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Canadians are some world's best at advanced exploration and drilling technologies. Not surprisingly, members of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) also produce more than 20 per cent of the world's geothermal energy. They just don't do it here...

http://thetyee.ca/News/2010/11/19/GeothermalPower/
 
ETA: adapted the title.
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Re: Clean energy: geothermal, etc.
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2010, 07:13:38 PM »
I have a friend who lives just outside of Tweed in a cool octagonal shaped house built in the late 60s by some hippie US draft dodger. The basement floor is this giant rock. It's all geothermal!
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Re: Clean energy: geothermal, etc.
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2010, 08:22:29 PM »
I have a friend who lives just outside of Tweed in a cool octagonal shaped house built in the late 60s by some hippie US draft dodger. The basement floor is this giant rock. It's all geothermal!

Och, Antonia: you have just described one of Rik's fantasies. He kept trying to design a house pretty much like that that we could build somewhere in Scotland (except the Scots authorities probably wouldn't let us). Rik was an editor, but in his free time he was a mad inventor of things that couldn't possibly work (like motorized rollerskates), except some came close.

I would love to see that house some day. (I realize this is not a good time for either of us.)

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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2010, 10:24:28 PM »
The owner is a hunky lawyer, widowed about 6 years ago. :geezera
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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2010, 10:37:16 PM »
You're such a tease, Antonia.

I am on your route, though. Well, let's hold that thought. ;)

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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2010, 11:04:58 PM »
Seriously, though it's a cool house.
Spiral staircase in the middle to second floor.
Kitchen in middle also.
They built up a couple of ''spokes.'' One for a dining room, another for a den that looks like the inside of a boat.
I would DM you the address so you can look at a satellite view but it's all treed over
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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2010, 11:14:36 PM »
So it's near Tweed, is it?

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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2010, 08:26:03 AM »
No surprise about geothermal potential with all the rocks and minerals in that area. Lovely old towns thereabouts; pity that many will remember that murderous creep with regard to Tweed.
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« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2010, 02:57:04 PM »
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Re: Clean energy: geothermal, etc.
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2010, 04:08:59 PM »
If the subsidies to oil sands were spent instead on alternative energy:
 
http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2010/11/26/30BillionToGreen/
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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2010, 05:24:43 PM »
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« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2010, 04:15:10 PM »
A clean liquid fuel?
 
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A simple reactor that mimics plants by turning sunlight into fuel has been demonstrated in the laboratory, boosting hopes for a large-scale renewable source of liquid fuel...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/dec/23/reactor-fuel-sunlight
 
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« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2011, 12:57:21 PM »
Passivhaus; first built in Saskatchewan in 1977:
 
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...Feist's formula has gone viral. There are now more than 25,000 certified Passivhaus buildings in Europe, and thousands more under construction around the world.
 
But, here in Canada? There's just one....
 
 
...Canada, on the other hand, has turned its back on the Saskatchewan Conservation House, in much the same way it abandoned the Avro Arrow and the TurboTrain...

http://thetyee.ca/News/2011/01/25/Passivhaus/
 
 
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Re: Clean energy: geothermal, etc.
« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2011, 01:09:21 PM »
Aren't those neat buildings! I would live in that. I wonder only about air circulation, which I think is a good thing, whatever the weather. My last house had been overinsulated, I thought, and that can cause its own problems -- with damp, eg, and of course just plain bad air.

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« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2011, 01:56:28 PM »
Yes, pity to have given up such a promising path. I'd find the very small windows oppressive, but as one can see, this has been improved in later designs.

Of course single-family houses in urban areas are extremely environmentally wasteful in other ways, but this is a prototype.

I'm also surprised at the 30-storey tower in Austria - Very tall buildings have a high environmental cost as well, because almost all inhabitants will be using the lifts, and there is pumping water, complex sewage disposal etc. Usually row buildings a few storeys high are seen as the most earth-friendly design.

Fortunately sound insulation has improved a lot - the apartments in the co-op that were utterly rebuilt are up to sound code, and you can't hear the neighbours at all - wish that were the case here, although I don't have noisy neighbours.

There is a new project near here, Quartier 54 (affordable condos, co-ops, a non-profit-housing building for seniors) that doesn't quite meet Passiv standards but which has been built according to ecological, energy-conserving guidelines. http://www.quartier54.com/
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