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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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Wind Project Calculator (USA)

The Wind Project Calculator was developed to assist you in performing cash flow modeling for community wind projects. You will need to enter ...more


SunAngle Calculator

Calculates solar angles based on location, date, and time. It's useful in passive solar building design, PV and solar thermal system design and ...more


Build It Solar

This website provides a selection of references and analysis tools for solar design - books, websites, publications and information on solar ...more


Design Advisor MIT (USA)

Architects and Building Designers can use computer modeling to improve indoor comfort and energy performance of conceptual building designs. But ...more


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Brikawood Building Blocks (France)

The Brikawood system does not use nails, screws or glue. The brick consists of four wooden elements - two lateral flanges and two transverse ...more


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


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