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Uploaded on Nov 8, 2008

Part 8 - Community
length 7:35

Discussions include:

Greg Allens afilliation with Amherst Island, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Greg Allen came to Amherst Island in 1973.

The technology of dealing with our human waste.

Compost toilets and lagoons.

Building shelters, growing food, dealing with waste, harvesting rain water.

Home made of straw bales, constructed of materials that were on hand, stones from the island formed the fire place that provided the central heating hearth, compost toilets built within, greenhouse within the home that treated the water and provided winter greens, all done in a relatively inexpensive fashion and yielded more than our current housing forms.

Greg Allen discusses a home which has been off the grid for 30 years on Amherst Island used a small wind turbine to generate its own limited power requirements. This house now uses photolvotaics to generate the power required. A cistern is used for the water for this house. These technologies proved useful in the past, and, are being used in modern buildings today.

Photovoltaic's converts sunlight directly into electricity, and can be found to comprise the outer layers of buildings today.

What people can do that live in an urban centre to to make their own living spaces self sufficient.

The Healthy House project in Toronto. Healthy house generates its own drinking water, and power.

Improve the building envelope.

Recommendation of useage of high performance windows, passive solar heating by facing windows south provides lots of sunlight, free heating and ability to grow house plants that provide winter greens.

Roof top gardening.

Music credits;

6 Billion Souls
Steven West Music Lyrics featuring Jodi Krangle Vocals
c 1995 from the album, 6 Billion Souls Song length 4:31 use; background
Success (The Academy Of Lies)
Steven West Music Lyrics featuring Jodi Krangle Vocals
c 1993 from the album, Nothing Is Here To Stay, released 2004 song length 3:04 use; background

Fractal animation by Jim and Corinne Byers

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