If you want to follow my shared links in real time instead of as a weekly digest, head over to Delicious. You can search them there easily too.
- What Could You Live Without? – Wealthy family back east sells house, gives away half the money. Most stuff isn't worth what it's worth.
- Cisco's Big Bet on New Songdo: Creating Cities From Scratch – Korea is trying to build a medium sized city (300,000 people) from scratch, to emit 1/3 the greenhouse gasses of a normal city, with smart infrastructure from the get go. Who knows. Maybe it's possible to get it right…
- Forget Energy Star and LEED, Green Building is Passivhaus – A good pictoral overview and description of the Passivhaus standard, with example homes.
- For Some, a Warm Home Is Not a Priority – A profile of people who don't heat their homes. I don't think I really understand this article. Nobody actually likes being cold, even amongst the interviewees. They like not paying for heat, or they like not using resources, or they like living in a warehouse space. All these buildings are broken. With a good envelope and enough insulation, you don't need heating. With good solar exposure and enough enclosed thermal mass in sunny places, you don't need heating. How can this angle not have made it into the article?