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Bandiagara Cliff Dwelling in Mali

The Bandiagara Escarpment is a sandstone cliff in the Dogon country of Mali that rises almost 500 meters (1,640 ft) from the sandy flats below. These cliffs are dotted with ancient cave homes originally carved by the Tellem people to house their dead, but inhabited since the 14th century by the Dogon people. Structures include granaries, houses, altars and community spaces.  ©2013 ZRIM




Ancient Dwellings Provide Modern Lessons

People began green architecture - building houses - to shelter themselves at least 30,000 years ago. Construction materials used by our ancestors included natural materials such as wood, animal bone, turf, and boulders, and person-made adobe bricks ...more


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Sun Position Calculator

This tool calculates an array of solar angle data that can be copied into spreadsheets and other documents. from Sustainable by Design

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Sun angle, position, path, overhangs, louvers, heat gain.

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Pilkington Sun Angle Calculator

This handy tool provides a relatively simple method of determining solar geometry variables for architectural design, such as designing shading ...more


DOE-2

DOE-2 calculates the hourly energy use and energy cost of a commercial or residential building given information about the building's climate, ...more


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Improving the Thermal Envelope for an Energy Efficient Home

Every home has a thermal envelope. The house cladding, walls, insulation, windows, roof, attic, and basement all come together to keep out the ...more


Straw Bale Gardening Website Resource

What is straw bale gardening? With straw bale gardening the bales act as natural containers for your plants. They’re like growbags or ...more


Environmental Impact of Lighting SEPT 2016

How much do we rely on lights? If we want to see what we are doing, the answer is a lot. Even during the daytime we need lights in buildings, ...more


Portico (USA)

Portico is an online tool used for the selection and specification of healthy products and materials for the built environment. The web service ...more


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