“Earth homes” utilize surrounding terrain or other natural elements such as dirt, bamboo, wood, and clay to create a space with a negligible environmental impact. These homes are very well insulated due to thick earth walls, and therefore stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter than traditional stick-built homes. Naturally, this results in less of a need for artificial heating or cooling and therefore a reduced energy bill. Smart designers of earth homes also employ passive solar design strategies for maximum efficiency. And they look and feel wonderful
What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is working in conjunction with nature, not against it. It is the local production of all the materials each person needs, such as food, shelter and fuel. Its use of the land is the opposite of a monoculture, which is the hallmark of the harmful industrial-agriculture model. Instead it’s a polyculture, where a diverse range of vegetation and animals are utilised to support each other into abundance. As a quick overview, a permaculture plot has five zones.
The first is the most utilised and is therefore the closest to the residence, which contains vegetable and herb gardens that need continual maintenance. Zone two is where daily attention is still required, but not as often, such as with poultry pens and orchard trees. The third zone is less visited and generally reserved for self-feeding stock and seasonal crops. In zone four there are food and fuel options made available from the food forest and zone five is a natural area that is rarely visited.
“The aim is to create systems that are ecologically-sound and economically viable, which provide for their own needs, do not exploit or pollute, and are therefore sustainable in the long term” – Bill Mollison
As an environmental activist, Leonardo Dicaprio bought an island called Blackadore Caye in Belize, more than ten years ago. The island suffered from overfishing, an eroding coastline and deforestation.
Mr. DiCaprio partnered with Paul Scialla, a New York City-based developer at Delos, to create the world’s first eco-conscious resort on the island. The luxury resort is scheduled to open for guests in 2018.