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  2. Energy Source

    Smartflower will provide enough energy for an average size home, assuming of course that you will use energy-efficient appliances and LED lights.
  3. Contact information

    Agree with Sam! You should publish your phone number on the website, but I understand your point too.
  4. Contact information

    Thank you so much for your question. We decided not to publish our phone number online, but you can reach us by email, and we can always schedule a time to talk to you over the phone. Another option would be to post your questions on our forum, that way our answers will benefit other people as well.
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  6. Hi there, I was trying to find your phone number on your website and couldn't find it anywhere. I requested more information and received only an automated response. And in that email, there is also no phone number provided. Is it possible to get a hold of you by phone or skype? There are many things I would like to discuss with you. Is it possible to get a number I can reach you at? Thanks in advance! Sam
  7. Energy Source

    So cool! How many do you need of those for one house? Will one be enough?
  8. Inspired by ReGen Villages idea?

    Hi, This is what I found today. Its from the singularityhub website. In an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, James Ehrlich shared insights on how combining lessons from nature with new technology is pushing sustainable housing into new frontiers. Ehrlich is the founder of ReGen Villages, a company that spun out of Stanford University and is building the “Tesla of ecovillages.” Ehrlich is also Singularity University faculty and won the Global Grand Challenge award in the shelter category at last year’s Global Summit. These sustainable neighborhoods integrate renewable practices in food, water, energy, and waste management to create self-reliant communities in which all essential needs for a healthy life are met within the footprint of that community. “The idea is to take energy positive homes and add infrastructure that is actually regenerative. What that means is that the output of one system becomes the input of another,” said Ehrlich. “We think this is the best solution for the next two to three billion people coming to the planet in the next 30 years.” Watch the full interview and learn how biomimicry and other lessons from nature are helping build more resilient and sustainable neighborhoods. If you want to see their video, click below.
  9. Energy Source

    WOW, they do look amazing! I wish I had one of these in my backyard!
  10. Dome Homes

    Steve, thank you for taking the time to answer. I like the idea of a dome home a lot. You are right; this type of a house will last a long time. I will try to search a bit how much local contractors would charge for something like that to build. Of course, if I can find someone that has an experience in building those homes. An idea of DIY is not very appealing to me. I would rather do what I am good at and let the pro do what they are trained to do.
  11. Energy Source

    I recently found this awesome solar panels that move with the sun. It would be great to have something like that in the subdivision.
  12. Inspired by ReGen Villages idea?

    Oh wow, didn't check this forum for a long time and didn't even expect an answer... There was no news from ReGen Villages for such a long time. Thanks, T Schmidt for posting this letter.
  13. Dome Homes

    My last link did noy work. Anyone who wants to know more about Monolithic Dome Homes can find it here:
  14. Dome Homes

    Hello Steve, For some reason your link does not work.
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  16. Dome Homes

    Typically a Dome home is going to cost more initially to build but will more than pay for itself, in the long run. Think about what we want: Earthquake resistant Super insulated Air and water tight Solar gains optimized Geothermal heated Heat recovery ventilated Energy and water independent Energy efficient Termite resistant Mold resistant I would like to think that if I am going to invest in a sustainable home, I want it to last "forever," with as little maintince as possible over the life of the home. I am just one voice but I would be willing to beat dollars to donuts, that the more homes we contracted to build at one time, in one place, the easier we could negotiate a far better price for us all. I really like the idea of never having to replace the roof or the siding or insulation in the attic. Concrete structures are meant to last. With the insulation built into the "walls and roof", you will never need to add more or be concerned with UV rays or settling of paper or fiberglass insulation Another possibility would be to make a great big dome, which could house all of us with a common area in the center used for any number of things. Add geothermal energy, radiant heated floors Heat recovery vents, and passive solar orientation, trombe walls, an indoor swimming pool for exercise, water storage, and a heat sink, several solar panels and a windmill-water pumping well and we would be well on our way to meeting our goals. I am also thinking that a combination of homes, apartments, condominiums, surrounding a community center (large dome) in the middle could also work. I would like to see the community center be part pool, part greenhouse, a meeting area, a theater, a drug store & doctor’s office, and a place to trade what you have for what you need. It may sound like I am a salesperson but nothing could be farther from the truth. Dome homes offer training to teach you how to do it yourself. Now that is an idea I could get behind! Steve
  17. Inspired by ReGen Villages idea?

    This is a letter I got from ReGen Villages in my email this morning. I will just copy and paste it below. Dear ReGen Villages friends and family, Although it may seem we have been quiet the past few months, we wanted to let you know that behind the scenes we have been working diligently on bringing ReGen Villages to life in the Netherlands and beyond to our other Northern Europe (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, UK) and U.S. initiatives. Designing and building the neighborhood of the future means on-going dialog with government officials locally, regionally and nationally – especially in our path to provide the right mix of housing types at a variety pricing levels that can deliver on the promise of affordable and approachable avenues for families to purchase or rent into our diverse, multi-generational communities.. ReGen Villages Almere, Netherlands We are happy to say that our negotiations with government officials have been very productive and fruitful to our aims of following all the rules, while also presenting strategies that benefit other family and group initiators in the Oosterwold district, in ways that make us a good neighbor in this growing area of like-minded families. We shifted our ground ceremony this summer to later Q4 2017 with the first homes becoming available for residence by early summer of 2018, because of our absolute commitment to designing a true neighborhood of the future, where autonomous mobility with car-free zones, extended water features for resiliency and recreation, and an updated master plan with innovative energy-positive housing units (made with sustainable and circular economic materials) can be realized for all budgets. Exciting momentum on all fronts ReGen Villages is partnering with one of the top real estate development companies in the Netherlands, with a respected name in bringing beautiful neighborhoods to life. This past summer we selected the best-in-class technology platform partners, who are leading the way at the nexus of food, water, energy + waste-to-resource management systems. We also have some very exciting announcements on our integration of electric shared mobility resources with one of the world’s largest and trusted automakers, bringing autonomous transport into every day life. The past few months we have also established significant banking relationships for entire project financing and green mortgage offers for prospective home buyers with the most sustainable banks, as well as moving our Blockchain neighborhood economic system forward. We have a clear vision and plans for creating ReGen Villages in Almere/Oosterwold and beyond to global scale. Living within nature and not separate from it by building resilient and regenerative neighborhoods as the only logical way forward for the future of humanity during dynamically changing environmental and economic times. Coming soon In the next few weeks we will reach out to our Almere, Netherlands future resident list.. We will commence the phase of introducing a selection of housing types, floor plans and cost ranges. Then we will engage with families directly to walk through their interests and needs during the selection process to become part of our pilot community. We are grateful for your continued excitement, enthusiasm and support! Very kind regards, ReGen Villages Team
  18. Important question to the board!

    Hey, Kyle, I am pretty sure that concrete is not the best thing to have in your house. Wood is much better for sure and more pleasant to walk upon. But how in the world that could be used as a thermal mass? The answer is no, wood or other materials like it will not give you much of thermal mass. Anyway, welcome to the forum.
  19. Earth sheltered homes

    I am not sure if I would feel comfortable to live in an earth sheltered home. Monolithic built homes sound and look much better. In earth sheltered home, you might feel like you're living in the cellar. Obviously, there are several benefits of living in a home like this, but I guess its not for me.
  20. Dome Homes

    Today, finally I had more time to look at these monolithic buildings and watched several videos on Youtube. It seems like they cover more space with less material than any other type of construction. What is the cost to build those per sq feet, considering that not a lot of contractors are available to do the job?
  21. Inspired by ReGen Villages idea?

    I don't know what is going on with Regen Villages. They started so strong, been all over the internet, created a lot of buzz and then went silent. No updates about the progress on their website, Facebook or Twitter. If someone has any other information, please let us know.
  22. Inspired by ReGen Villages idea?

    Does anyone know if they have a subdivision finished? Is it possible to visit them?
  23. Dome Homes

    Yes, quite interesting! Thank you for sharing...
  24. Earth sheltered homes

    It's true, the idea of earth sheltered homes was around for quite a while already. To get the maximum amount of benefits the house has to be inserted in a southern part of a hill.
  25. Hello Kyle! Welcome to the forum!
  26. Hello I heard that concrete or tile floors are not healthy. That if you choose your floors, you should stay with "warmer" materials. Things like wood, cork, etc. Do you know if anything like that could be used as thermal mass?
  27. Hello, my name is Kyle. I am new to "passive houses" and have quite a few questions! Glad to have found this forum!
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