Designs for Sustainable Living
It is not enough in this time we live in to only provide a resource
efficient, cost efficient, and energy efficient building material
for the walls of a building. The ideal we are striving for with
Pumice-Crete® DSL is to incorporate this usefully masonry wall system
into a building design that greatly increases the sustainability
of the completed building. Combining efficient masonry buildings
with more sustainable energy systems such as solar electric, passive
solar design, energy storage, recycling, maximum efficiency water
systems, water catchment methods, and non toxic construction methods
and materials. To this end we are emphasizing the DSL effort to
offer buildings “designed for sustainability”.
designs utilize renewable energy, self sufficient, earthen, and
de centralized approaches to the design and construction of homes
and businesses. These designs can be, or may not be, appropriate
to your locality. Local conditions and markets determine how a building
should be designed and what materials should be used.
In association with other professionals engaged in the sustainable
building movement we are able to offer completed buildings and partially
constructed shells for many construction budgets that will:
1. Require minimal purchased energy
inputs to maintain and live comfortably in.
2. Facilitate a relationship to the
natural systems our earth provides.
3. Harvest water and energy from the
site they are built upon.
4. Recycle and efficiently process
the outputs of the building to reduce pollutants into the environment.
None of these elements of a building
that help its occupants conduct their affairs in a more sustainable
manner require advanced scientific design or complicated expensive
technology. It’s not rocket science, more correctly it is
common sense and motivation to be a part of the solution to pressing
contemporary issues that lead us to incorporate these appropriate
building methods and technologies.
Initial construction costs can be higher for these innovations but
this should not deter builders because increasingly the payoff times
on the initial cost are becoming shorter and the returns on the
investment in sustainability are immediate.
--SCOTT MACHARDY, OWNER
PO Box 539, EL Prado, New Mexico 87529