Category Archives: Alternative Building Methods

Advocating recycled and naturally renewable building materials such as bamboo and Strawberry Guava that are excellent for construction but are currently not “legal”.

Building Department Changes

Minutes 11/12/2010 Building Department Changes

Building Division (Power, water, sewer, buildings)
What type of law should we propose to either gain exemptions for eco-friendly communities or an actual law change for experimental sustainable communities?
Shall we go through all the laws and change them bits at a time?
Or shall we propose a variance law that exempts us from these laws in general.

Answer:

Is the government trying to protect people too much?  For example, Dept of Health does not recognize water catchment as a viable water source, but this is the usual source of water in our area.   Gov should make minimum guidelines and then have a disclaimer that they are not responsible for individual choices.

The building division might be a more difficult group to work with.  We cannot go to the county clerks.   they have a lot of vacancies.

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New Housing Type

From HSCA Minutes: Planning Dept proposal of Type 2 housing

For county council:

We are looking into the Planning Dept proposal of type 2 housing, to allow for recycled building materials as well as naturally renewable building materials such as bamboo and Strawberry Guava that are excellent for construction but are currently not “legal” building materials.    where “the owner can decide what kinds of materials to use to build the home”

Building department  tried create a provision to use indigenous building materials, but it never went anywhere… what happened?

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