Escaping the Concrete Jungle
Recycled wood wall at the new Convention Centre in Vancouver BC
Prefabricated floor units
170 year old stone building
still in use today in ScotlandIn view of the coming weather and climate changes in an enlightened environment, construction - both residential and commercial - must be approached differently, the main difference being that only natural products should be used throughout. The concrete environment is not suitable for habitation. Most of us know that, yet we live and work in concrete buildings, without having much of an option. It would appear that all high-rises and similar concrete structures will disintegrate about the year 2015. We must therefore make alternative arrangements. We have been told by Archangels Gabriel and Michael that they are in charge of sweeping clean the Earth around the year 2015. This will be "Winds of Change" in earnest. Edgar Cayce: "The first item on the agenda for the archangels and their troops will be to smooth out the surface of Earth. This does not mean to flatten mountains and to fill valleys. It means to remove tall structures within cities and much of the concrete that has smothered Mother Gaia. Immediately thereafter they will add green vegetation, allowing the Earth to breathe again. New species of living creatures will appear, that will be balanced with their surroundings and with human beings. I am assisting with this part of the venture." There is a higher purpose in this - to ensure that human beings are unaffected by negativity in their surroundings. Concrete for other purposes therefore will not be so affected - roadways, elevated roads and their supports, marine piers etc will not be affected. All other buildings used to house humankind will be affected, so these must be replaced now if they are to be of use in the future. This summary does not take into account the coming availability of extra-terrestrial technology which could be used in habitation - for the simple reason that we have no idea what they might bring! FUTURE PARAMETERS
At the present time it would be undesirable to locate on the coast. Locations at least 200 feet above sea-level might be safe in most cases, but where it is not, there is not much one can do about it - waves up to 3 miles high in the most devastating instances have been indicated. This would be where the waters travel far inland. Edgar Cayce said for instance that the seas would lap at the foothills of the Himalayas, but it is not clear whether that is still on the cards, There have been so many changes. And, as indicated by recent tsunamis, the devastation along coastal areas can be extensive. So we have to forego the benefits of ozone and seaside holidays for a while.
There is danger even on lake shores. At the time of the shift the waters can slop to and fro, and in the case of long lakes, the waves would reverse at the end of their journey and probably encounter more waves coming in the opposite direction, which could have a devastating effect on the neighborhood when they meet. Even rivers can be affected, as was seen in the recent Japanese earthquake, without any rainfall. Sea levels can change and create flooding inland. There are many picturesque villages alongside lakes or rivers with steep hills behind them. The shaking of the Earth could easily cause landslides and wipe out such developments. Even where the slopes are not so steep, devastation can be over quite a wide area - as demonstrated by the 'Frank Slide' in Alberta, Canada, 'when a mountain fell on a town' in 1903 - - and a repeat is still expected. So what's left? Forests are often devastated by tornados, but in this cleansing of the Earth I cannot imagine that trees would be touched - after all, they are cleansers of the air, and invaluable to human habitation. It should be a healthy neighbor for a community. The spirit in which a community is built, and lived in, will be a deciding factor in its viability. Streams are also highly beneficial, but their source should be examined closely in case there is the possibility of them becoming raging torrents and flooding the adjacent lands. As thirty percent of the world's population will have been removed permanently from the planet, many of them would have left dwellings behind which are no longer occupied. At least some of them should qualify as acceptable habitation and these may be officially confiscated and redistributed - see assets.insights2.org.
SHAPE:Square structures are out - they will not withstand the future fury of the elements. Buildings must either be round or at least rounded, curved, with minimal frontage afforded to the winds. That calls for significant changes in approach to construction design and methods. As construction elements tend to be straight and rarely round, one could get away with say 4 foot lengths of lumber, ends rimmed (at an appropriate angle), which would result in a rounded structure when all are placed end to end. FOOTINGS:
As an exception, concrete may be used here as they would be located underground. Pilings may be an alternative, depending upon the location. It would be difficult to excavate a basement for instance in the Canadian or Pre-Cambrian Shield! The importance of anchoring to the ground should not be overlooked.
See article on
If a basement is required, pressure-treated, preserved wood would be the preference, so long as the preservative used in its production is environmentally friendly. It is long-lasting, resists flame. attack by termites or fungal decay. A basement in most environments would be considered essential, as it offers enhanced shelter by underground living, and anchors the building to the ground.
Bamboo is flexible and can be cut and laminated into sheets and planks. This would be invaluable for rounded buildings. The quality of bamboo laminate varies between manufacturers and the maturity of the plant from which it was harvested (six years being considered the optimum); the sturdiest products fulfill their claims of being up to three times harder than oak hardwood, but others may be softer than standard hardwood.
Walls can be built from stone or hempcrete, as both can be fashioned on site to fit. A water barrier of course would be needed to prevent moisture penetration. Otherwise the outer walls should be formed first of all with plywood panels. ¾" gives maximum strength but the standard ½" panels will be easier to manipulate into curved walls. The inner facing of the panel would be perpendicularly kerfed at intervals to allow adequate bending of the panel. Panels should be placed horizontally. The outer skin may be of brick, stone or of wood boards placed perpendicularly, affixed to the panels by dowels. Wood panels can also be made from rice husks, which have great thermal and acoustical insulation properties. or bamboo (westher-proofed). BAMBOO is traditionally used in Asia, principally for scaffolding, but many different products are now available end exported to the West. Products made from bamboo laminate include flooring, cabinetry and furniture.
House made 100% from bamboo
There should be no NAILS used in construction. Dowels must be used instead. The objective is to eliminate metal from living quarters. "The Wolf Building System is a pre-engineered, non-traditional post and beam construction system, incorporating a patented new component-locking device, the "WOLF HOOK", which can be erected by ordinary trades people. Benefits of this system include increased structural strength, decrease in overall construction time, and no restrictions on size, shape, form, and design." A useful innovation, which makes the whole building one independent unit, although it adds metal to the living environment. See illustration on right.
Properly built, the structure would be immoveable or in extreme cases. such as an earthquake, would move as one unit and not fall apart. This is achieved by the use of wood dowels and interlocking timber. Plywood flooring should likewise be fastened to beams, joists or engineered beams by dowels. WINDOWS:
Shutters should be used as a protection against high winds on all windows. Some windows are marketed with inbuilt shutters, but their strength is limited. In such cases a heavier weight glass should be used - ⅜inch or more. Double-insulated sliding windows could provide maximum strength. OVERHANGS:
Balconies constitute a risk unless carefully designed to counter high winds. They would be especially vulnerable to updrafts. Roof overhangs even more so. ROOFING:
Traditional roofs are particularly vulnerable to high winds. Roof tiles can be blown off, overhangs can allow the ripping of the roof structure by updrafts. A flat roof with a minimum of overhang would be the most durable form. Runoff can be handled by an internal drainage system - no eavestrough nor rain gutter.
(see Water Hyacinth)One of the principal natural treatments for the purification of wastewater is the Water Hyacinth, which is dealt with at length on the above quoted webpage. POWER SUPPLY: (see energy.insights2.org )
Electrical power supply for an independent dwelling could be either from an independent generator, using cosmic energy or extracted from water, unless it is part of a community which has centralized services, probably using cold fusion or cosmic energy. Gas would not be used. Heating would probably not be required as the future outside temperature would be stable all year at about 72° F or 22° C.
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