New Futures Forum (archived)

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This biodiversity stewardship project aims to provide formal conservation protection for the area of the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy, and beyond. 

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New Futures Forum

New Futures Forum was founded by members of the Conservancy interested in the practical implementation of alternative  and sustainable methods - from generating electricity to building homes. 

Alistair presents a Retro-Fit Course

Green Home Design and  Retro-Fit Course  by  InSynch Sustainable Technologies Pty Ltd
  • Green Building principles 
  • Site selection
  • Passive Heating & Cooling
  • Energy Efficiency in the home
  • DIY Energy Audits
  • Healthy Material selection
  • Waste Water management (black/greywater/rainwater)
  • Solar Power options & how-to's
  • Home & Garden Layout for a healthy, comfortable living environment..
Saturday, 22 August 2009
09H00 - 16H30
InSynch Training Centre - Lanseria, Johannesburg/Pretoria
BOOK NOW - 07 666 888 77
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        Cost:             R450 pp (discount for group bookings)
        Includes:      Course Notes & an Organic Lunch. Tea & Coffee self service.
        Presenter:    Alastair Armstrong (InSynch MD) ND NHD Elec. Eng. L/C.     
       RAMMED EARTH CONSTRUCTION COURSE               -   29 AUG 2009
       STAWBALE/NATURAL BUILDING (CPD Reg.)              -  12 SEPT  2009
       COB/PIZZA OVEN COURSE                                       -  19 SEPT 2009
       NATURAL PAINT & PLASTER COURSE (CPD Reg.)     -  26 SEPT 2009
BOOK NOW - 07 666 888 77

Rammed Earth - the decorative option

Alastair Armstrong is building a "decorative rammed-earth" house in Northriding.  This is an architect's house and he is determined to go green-greener-greenest, with solar power and all the alternative stuff.  The place is in a lovely part of Northriding, with indigenous bush and trees which he wants to disturb as little as possible.


Solar heating systems

I was tempted to e-mail all of you an interesting and comprehensive book on solar water heating systems (including detailed building instructions).

But it is over 9 MB large!

So if you are interested, please download it yourself.  (Note this link opens a page where you can select sections/articles or elect to download it all). 

Here you will also find many other plans and resources on solar water heating.


Solar cookers


There are even more building plans and resources for solar cookers on the net:

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