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Ask a Builder-How would you build your retirement home?

My retirement home will be a Hemp Home!  I feel a Hemp Home addresses the main issue facing mankind today co2 emissions without sacrificing comfort needed in both energy and lifestyle choices.

To ensure that my retirement income will provide the needed security as I age in place my hemp home will enable me to use natural resources in the building of the energy efficient structure-controlling costs in the build and the future energy costs.

 Taking pointers from the first American Settlers:  I will build my home from the land and use as many natural resources as possible.

I will use stones and rocks in the building of the Rubble Foundation that will support the Hemp Wall Construction.

I will grow and harvest the Hemp needed to build the walls-using Hempcrete-a natural lime based binder.

I plan to use a combination of Post and Beam – Timber Frame Construction techniques.


Canadian Solar Panels for electricity


Comfort-Sustainability-Natural Resources-Are just 3 areas that critical attention is given to in this sustainable design.

  1. Netzero or better energy production from Solar Panels for electricity needs

  2. Rainwater and Greywater Recycling for water need

  3. Energy Conscious Build Technique

Rainwater and Greywater Recycling


Electric Radiant Floor Heating


Hempcrete will be utilized in the flooring and walls.


Hemp Building addresses the issue that  plagues traditional building techniques when the cost of carbon emissions is factored into the manufacturing process of the needed building materials. Scotty


p dir=”ltr” style=”padding-left:30px;”>I’ve been toying around with using the Catalan Vault Construction build technique of Spanish Masons to construct the roof.   [When I watched this youtube video of the Spanish Masons I realized that I can reduce the lumber needed to construct the roof and then by adding a slurry of hempcrete to the top of the roof I will have the strength needed to protect my home from the elements and provided the water barrier needed.]

To be continued- future posts will include: Design Plans, Material Lists, Hemp growing techniques, Hemp Harvesting, Timberframe construction, Hempwall Building, and more.


Solar Impulse Lands in StLouis Lambert Field


reposted from Green Blog at: http://stlouisrenewableenergy.blogspot.com/2013/06/solar-impulse-lands-in-stlouis-lambert.html

Solar Impulse Visit at Lambert – St. Louis Int Airport – 6-7th of June 2013

Solar Impulse St Louis, MO

With the severe weather we have been having in the region lately, I have been concerned for the planes and pilots safety for this monumental occasion.  I’m sure that there was some turbulence that the pilot and staff were forced to navigate on the 3rd Leg of the Journey across America from Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas to Lambert Field in StLouis.  Nevertheless the plane landed safely and can be viewed at the impromptu hanger that was built for the solar powered plane-41 Banshee Rd 63145

Time Line of the Trip Flight: Dallas KDFW – St. Louis KSTL
  • Pilot: Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and Chairman
    Take off time: June 3nd 04:06AM CDT (UTC-5)
    Landing time: June 4th 01:28AM CDT (UTC-5)
    Flight duration: 21h21min
    Average ground speed: 49 km/h (26.3 kt)
    Highest altitude reached: 7,315 m(24,000 ft)
    Flight Distance: 1040 km (~562 NM)

Here is a link to the directions / map for the Solar Impulse viewing at the Lambert Field 

  • Directions:
    • Take 1-170 to Exit 9A Airport Rd.
    • Go west to McDonnell Blvd.
    • Go north (right) to Banshee Rd.
    • Go west (left) on Banshee for approximately .6 miles
    • Signs will be in place at event entrance.
41 Banshee Road, StLouis MO 63145

Viewing Times Thursday and Friday-6-7th of June 2013- While the viewing is free pre-registration is required.

Solar Impulse


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Come and see Solar Impulse’s solar airplane, HB-SIA, at Lambert – St. Louis International Airport.
Solar Impulse


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Come and see Solar Impulse’s solar airplane, HB-SIA, at Lambert – St. Louis International Airport.

Keeping the pilot awake- Bertrand landed at Lambert-St. Louis International airport at 01:28 AM CDT (UTC-5), Tuesday June 4th, completing hislongest ever flight (21 hours 21 minutes).
The mobile hangar, a concept developed by Solar Impulse and being used for the first time during a mission, is setup and waiting to welcome the solar aircraft in its cocoon as soon as the Ground Crew haul it off the runway. This inflatable hangar was deployed after the one provided by Lambert-St. Louis was rendered inoperable by violent storms that struck the city and the airport this past weekend.
St. Louis was chosen as the destination for the third leg of this Across America mission for historic and symbolic reasons. St. Louis is best known for the “Spirit of St. Louis” who, piloted by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 completed the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris. This flight was made possible by St. Louis businessmen including the namesake of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Albert Bond Lambert.
During today’s flight, there were a couple of memorable calls from the ground to the cockpit. This first one was from Erik Lindbergh, Charles’ grandson. They had a chance to discuss the importance of exploration and of inspiring younger generations to take a chance and become pioneers of and for the future. They also got to exchange thoughts on the future of aviation while they spoke about meeting again in Washington D.C. at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum under Erik’s grandfather’s “Spirit of St. Louis” and Bertrand’s “Breitling Orbiter”.
The other call was from Alan Nichols, President of the Explorer’s Club. He said he wished he could be up there, with Bertrand. At every stopover, chapters of the Explorer’s Club organized visits to see the solar airplane and they will hold a reception for Solar Impulse in New York City. Flag n°50 of the Club is travelling with André and Bertrand Across America – The same flag travelled to Morocco onboard HB-SIA during the 2012 Crossing Frontiers mission.
The best part of the flight, however, was the incredible response rate we got from Solar Impulse supporters who took to heart the call to “Keep the Pilot Awake”. A campaign launched by our Social Media and Community Engagement manager, Elâ Borschberg, over 600 people (and counting) responded with words of encouragement, via email, to the pilot and, more importantly, jokes to make him laugh.

In keeping with the green and eco friendly nature of theSolar Powered Plane I plan to take my girls grand-kids to the event via the StLouis Metro Transit use the Metro Trip Planner for a green alternative to view the Solar Powered Plane.


Stay Tuned for Further Details on the #Solar Powered Airplanes StLouis Visit.

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Eight One-Day Green Adventures in St Louis

Written by John Egan- Guest Post provided by Scotts Contracting-St Louis Renewable Energy

Eight One-Day Green Adventures in St. Louis

Long before the Arch, the Cardinals, and even Judy Garland’s starring role in “Meet Me in St. Louis,” the Gateway to the West city was an ecological wonderland dotted with earthen Indian mounds at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Even today, there’s a surprising amount of ecological wonders and eco-minded attractions an hour’s drive from the city (and many are located right within St. Louis itself).

Whether you live here or are just visiting, be sure not to miss any of these green must-see places in St. Louis:

Sandy Island Bald Eagle Sanctuary – Part of the Nature Conservancy, this 28-acre habitat, located a short distance from downtown, provides a much-needed safe place for wintering bald eagles that frequent this stretch of the Mississippi River. Viewing platforms provide close-range viewing of the nesting birds; January and February are the best months for observation.

Forest Park – Located right in the heart of downtown, this 1370-acre park is not your typical urban oasis. Larger than Central Park in New York City, it draws more than 12 million visitors a year to its many attractions. In addition to the usual baseball, soccer, cycling, boating, ice skating and other athletic pursuits, Forest Park is where you’ll find the city’s Art Museum, Zoo, History Museum, Science Center and Opera House. You could spend an entire week here! Equally important to all the amusements is the fact that in a city where 80% of the land has been developed for business, the park provides a welcome rest for migrating birds, local wildlife and two-legged critters looking for a place to interact with nature.

Gateway Arch – No visit to St. Louis is complete without making a trek to the top of this 630-foot monument, our nation’s tallest. Entrance into the Arch is free, but there is a fee to ride to the top. The view makes it very much worth the cost – you can see for over 30 miles on a clear day.

While there, book a Riverboat cruise and experience what river travel was like during our nation’s rapid western expansion period. One-hour cruises are available, as are dinner and special event cruises. Mark Twain, anyone?

Perhaps best of all, the 250 acres of surrounding land are currently undergoing a major landscaping overhaul, opening up the park at the base into a world-class natural park.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery –Come take the free tour and learn how Anheuser-Busch has been making beer for over the past century; if you’re over 21, tastings of the latest brews await at the end of the tour. Even if you’re not a beer drinker, you’ve probably heard of the famous Budweiser Clydesdale horses. These magnificent (and unbelievably HUGE) animals can be viewed in their stables, where visitors can meet the stars of those fantastic Super Bowl commercials.

As the oldest and largest of the Anheuser-Busch breweries nationwide, the St. Louis location comprises three historic landmarks and recycles more than 99% of the solid waste it generates.

Busch Stadium – Although fans are still nursing their wounds after a tough playoff loss to the Giants this year, there is plenty to be proud of with the St. Louis Cardinals, including the greening of Busch Stadium. Over 32,000 kilowatt hours of solar energy are produced here each year by 106 solar panels, so there’s a good chance your seventh inning popcorn was popped using the sun’s energy. Since 2008, the stadium has also diverted 1,836 tons of waste to recycling, on its way toward an overall 29 percent diversion rate.

Missouri Botanical Garden – On the surface, this 79-acre garden offers a wide variety of nature-themed entertainment, from flower exhibitions that vary with the seasons, to live music shows and cultural festivals. There are outdoor gardens, conservatory specimens under a glass dome and international-themed displays. But the roots (pun intended) of this national Historic Landmark and nation’s oldest botanical garden run much deeper: its mission is to take an active stand for plant conservation and sustainability and to promote ways of living that are healthy for humans as well as the planet. Daily tours are free.

Butterfly House – Just outside the city is the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, featuring an indoor tropical conservatory that is home to nearly 2,000 tropical butterflies flying free among 150 varieties of tropical plants. If you’ve never seen a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis, you will here. Other attractions include the Exhibit Hall, where you can observe small invertebrates and spiders, and the outdoor garden with plants specially selected to be attractive to native butterflies.

Shaw Nature Reserve – Operated as an extension of the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Reserve serves two important functions. About half the acreage is set aside for research on ecological restoration and habitat management. Additionally, homeowners and professionals alike come here to discover better ways to landscape their properties using native plants and improved growing techniques. The Whitmire Wildflower Garden and home gardening areas provide live examples of hardy, native plants so visitors can actually see what they should be planting. Also on site is the Edgar Anderson Center, a LEED #8482- gold-certified support facility that includes an innovative cooling system, passive solar features and energy-efficient lighting.

From butterflies to ballgames, St. Louis is a growing hub of green energy and progress. Take a daytrip today and explore your city!

John Egan is managing editor of Insurance Quotes a popular insurance website that provides online services to consumers seeking Auto Insurance knowledge and savings on their car insurance policies.

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