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sutut
Nov. 12th, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC)
Just wish it wasn't all to the same cookie cutter energy wasting base design.

A rectanglular box on a hill gives maximum wind resistance, absorbs heat like mad in the summer and thows it with equal fervor in the winter. Packing the thin walls and using expensive windows slow it, but it is still fighting nature.

With "The well" running dry, we need to work out new designs that challenge this model, blend in with nature rather than clashing with it.

BTW-The "Housing bubble" could crash at any time. Know why? Because among the other factors discussed already, Dubya has cut a lot of middle class tax breaks used in the repair and improvement of homes. When his Daddy TRIED to do that, home prices dropped 30% overnight. If he gets it through, it'll cause a "Housing Depression". No wonder he did it AFTER he got the bankruptcy bill through...
venusflytrap
Nov. 12th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
what's their reputation like..?
kmo
Nov. 12th, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC)
Reputation?
I haven't a clue. I just discovered the site today. I saw an ad for this organization in a local "stuff for sale" paper.

I doubt they'd work with me since I've already got a foundation in place and am using non-standard building materials and techniques.
nobody123
Nov. 12th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC)
you know congress is seriously thinking of bringing back mining patents in the west. in a year or two you might be able to once again buy federal land for $2.50 an acre. good times.
kmo
Nov. 13th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)
land for $2.50 an acre
Lemme guess; only available in million acre lots.
kmo
Nov. 13th, 2005 04:38 am (UTC)
Audio Link
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4991473

A House committee has approved a measure to resume sales of federal lands across the West to people with mining claims, lifting a 12-year moratorium. It could make it easier for companies and individuals to buy federal lands and turn them into mines... or vacation resorts.
nobody123
Nov. 13th, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC)
Re: land for $2.50 an acre
no man it's an old 1872 law, i don't know the exact name of it, but it's like anything up to like 200 acres or so. i sent away for a booklet on it when i was like 15 years old. it was one of those things advertised in the back of popular mechanics or something. it was supposed to stimulate commercial growth or something out west. unfortunately congress has suspended issuing the patents for the last decade or so. but before that, all you had to do was prove that there was some sort of minable mineral or other commodity on the land, and you claimed it under the pretense that you were going to start mining, but once the deed is issued you don't have to mine it at all, you can just turn around and build a house or something. unfortunately i guess this was often exploited by developers and "big business," so the leftists hate it. i think, if they do bring it back, they're going to try to up the price per acre. but it'll still be piss cheap, i imagine.
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