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  • Originally posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
    A friend of mine builds super efficient homes.

    He own a very efficient home in Edmonton

    and another one in Vernon BC

    and a third on Pender Island.

    My one home is far more efficient and less damaging to the environment than his three homes.
    that might be a short term and mistaken comparison. first, you are comparing yourself to him and not your home to his homes. in that sense you may be correct (although not knowing how efficient those three are you may not be).

    but it's unlikely he will own all three forever and even less likely they will be owned by one person forever. at that point there will be three homes - and three sets of homeowners - more efficient and less damaging than yours.
    "If you did not want much, there was plenty." Harper Lee

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    • Originally posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
      Yes, if you have 4 acres of land, a southern exposure, and a million dollars plus to build. No solar panels or energy efficiency features were mentioned.

      No mention of the earth unfriendly design of a 3,000ft2+ home in a low density rural community (Density 30.1/km2) where they cleared all the trees and now have a massive home to heat.

      If everyone in Edmonton (​Density 1,800/km2) had such a place, the city would have to have at least 10 times the area to build and increase the distance everyone would have to commute.

      I highly doubt that the home is anymore friendly than a high density condo building where 300 people can live on 4 acres of land and walk to work or take transit compared to 2 people and a dog with a huge SUV that have to travel kilometers just to pick up milk and eggs.

      Originally posted by KC View Post
      Yeah the whole sustainability thing is BS. Same BS in trying to say efficiently housing an ever bigger population in little boxes stacked ever higher is sustainable. They still suck the life out of all the surrounding environment. And add another million bucket lists all involving environmental degradation.

      Originally posted by kcantor View Post
      Originally posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
      A friend of mine builds super efficient homes.

      He own a very efficient home in Edmonton

      and another one in Vernon BC

      and a third on Pender Island.

      My one home is far more efficient and less damaging to the environment than his three homes.
      that might be a short term and mistaken comparison. first, you are comparing yourself to him and not your home to his homes. in that sense you may be correct (although not knowing how efficient those three are you may not be).

      but it's unlikely he will own all three forever and even less likely they will be owned by one person forever. at that point there will be three homes - and three sets of homeowners - more efficient and less damaging than yours.
      There’s also my situation of having a lake property. It sits most of the year using zero energy. (Maybe uses $10-20/yr in electricity). It can be horribly polluting when I’m there though. (Mowing acres of grass and in the past using coal and wood stoves.)

      To make it green would use up a lot of resources that would never get a clean-usage payoff/recovery. Cost with little benefit. Like replacing an attic’s incandescent light with an LED.

      Our ownership though means that over 90% of the land (2/3 or so miles of natural shoreline plus creek etc) remains natural and undeveloped.

      Bringing ever more people into the province though just increases the attractiveness of alternative uses. The taxes go up, the value goes up and it’s ultimate destruction (aka development) is pretty much set in stone.
      Last edited by KC; 28-04-2019, 11:35 AM.

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      • Maybe we could grow bamboo here.

        Magic of bamboo- homes of the future
        https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p06sj...de-from-bamboo

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        • Inside Hong Kong’s cage homes

          https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=...&v=hLrFyjGZ9NU




          The tricks of airport design

          http://www.bbc.com/future/story/2019...airport-design
          Last edited by KC; 05-05-2019, 07:34 AM.

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          • Dirty Cash Probe Finds Booming Vancouver-China Luxury Car Trade - Bloomberg

            https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...xury-car-trade

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            • “Let me tell you a joke...”

              I finally found it and it’s at the very start of this video!!!! (From one of the best programs ever!)

              https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2cji4q

              James Burke, The Day The Universe Changed

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              • Meet the bricklaying robot that can build a house in 3 days

                Anastasia Tokmakova, Dec 20, 2018

                https://archinect.com/news/article/1...ouse-in-3-days



                With construction workers scarce, homebuilders turn to robots, software
                PAUL DAVIDSON | USA TODAY
                June 24, 2018

                https://www.usatoday.com/story/money...ots/704109002/


                This drywall-installing robot will finish building your new home, meatbag / Boing Boing

                https://boingboing.net/2018/10/01/th...ing-robot.html




                Amazon makes first investment in a homebuilder, backing start-up focused on prefabricated houses
                SEP 25 2018
                https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/25/amaz...mebuilder.html
                Last edited by KC; 16-05-2019, 08:43 AM.

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                • Residential Knox-Box Program
                  https://www.cityofhenderson.com/fire...ox-box-program


                  I see BC and Ontario but no Alberta:

                  https://www.knoxhomebox.com/community



                  Waterloo firefighter designs new 'lock box' that reduces respond times for emergency personnel
                  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitch...nnel-1.4535529



                  Calgary Fire Department Lock Box

                  “The Calgary Fire Department mandates that the CFD Boxes must be serviced bi-annually to insure that all keys that are in box are accounted for and are working in designated doors. ...charges $75 per visit”

                  https://www.affordablelocksmiths.com...tment-lockbox/

                  Last edited by KC; 18-05-2019, 06:53 AM.

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                  • The “Physical Legacy” is a route to learning of the academic achievements.

                    The Physical Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps
                    BROOK SUTTON, MAY 22, 2015



                    “...it’s not the academic legacy of the volunteer corps that stirs nostalgia in our hearts. It’s the physical structures they built that ...”

                    “When considering the sheer quantity of work accomplished, it’s extraordinary to note that the CCC only ran nine years, 1933-1942. It was the brainchild of newly elected President Roosevelt. The concept was simple. In exchange for shelter, clothing, food, and a small stipend, young unemployed men would do necessary conservation work around the country. ”


                    “...the men of the organization:

                    - Planted more than 3 billion trees
                    - Built 3,470 fire towers
                    - Built 97,000 miles of fire road
                    - Constructed more 800 parks
                    - Fought wildland fires
                    - Protected range and wildlife corridors
                    - Improved drainage infrastructure on 84,400,000 acres of land
                    - Responded to regional emergencies

                    All told, more than 3 million young men enrolled in the program. Of their $30 monthly stipend, they were required to send $25 home. That money is largely credited with keeping small communities liquid throughout the Depression. And the men, many of whom were too poor to feed and house themselves, ...”


                    https://www.adventure-journal.com/20...rvation-corps/

                    Last edited by KC; 18-05-2019, 08:15 AM.

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                    • “Many policy failures—the excesses of deregulation, hyper-globalization, tax cuts, fiscal austerity—reflect such first-best reasoning.”



                      Economics After Neoliberalism
                      Contemporary economics is finally breaking free from its market fetishism, offering plenty of tools we can use to make society more inclusive.
                      SURESH NAIDU, DANI RODRIK, GABRIEL ZUCMAN

                      ...
                      “Economists have a strong bias towards market-based policy solutions, but the science of economics has never produced pre-determined policy conclusions.

                      Yet too many economists believe their quantitative tools and theoretical lenses are the only ones that count as “scientific,” leading them to dismiss disciplines that rely more on qualitative analysis and verbal theorizing. Many economists feel they need to take the side of markets because no-one else will and because doing otherwise might “provide ammunition to barbarians” (aka, self-interested pressure groups and rent-seekers). And even when some economists recognize market failures, they worry government action will make things worse and sweep many of the discipline’s caveats under the rug. Economists thus get labeled as cheerleaders for free markets and hyper-globalization.

                      Economists also often get overly enamored with models that focus a narrow set of issues and identify first-best solutions in the circumscribed domain, at the expense of potential complications and adverse implications elsewhere. A growth economist, for example, will analyze policies that enhance technology and innovation without worrying about labor market consequences. A trade economist will recommend reducing tariffs and assume that devising compensatory mechanisms for people who lose their jobs is somebody else’s responsibility. And a finance economist will design regulations to make banks safe, without considering how these may interact with macroeconomic cycles. Many policy failures—the excesses of deregulation, hyper-globalization, tax cuts, fiscal austerity—reflect such first-best reasoning.
                      To be useful in discussions of real policies, economists have to evaluate those policies in the totality of the context in which they will be implemented and consider the robustness of policies to many possible institutional configurations and political contingencies.

                      But these bad habits aside, contemporary economics is...”

                      http://bostonreview.net/forum/suresh...-neoliberalism
                      Bolding is mine
                      Last edited by KC; 26-05-2019, 06:21 AM.

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                      • The Once Marvelous Googie Architecture and Its Best Examples

                        https://outsourceplan.com/the-once-m...t-examples/amp

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                        • Why Did America Give Up on Mass Transit? (Don't Blame Cars.)

                          JONATHAN ENGLISH AUG 31, 2018
                          Streetcar, bus, and metro systems have been ignoring one lesson for 100 years: Service drives demand.

                          “The maps illustrate the vast swaths of urban areas untouched by full service bus routes. For those who do live near one, it’s quite likely that the bus wouldn’t get them where they need to go, unless their destination is downtown. A bus that comes once and hour, stops at 7 pm, and doesn’t run on Sundays—a typical service level in many American cities—restricts people’s lives so much that anyone who can drive, will drive. ”

                          “What happened? Over the past hundred years the clearest cause is this: Transit providers in the U.S. have continually cut basic local service in a vain effort to improve their finances. But they only succeeded in driving riders and revenue away. When the transit service that cities provide is not attractive, the demand from passengers that might “justify” its improvement will never materialize.

                          Here’s how this has played out, era by era....”

                          https://www.citylab.com/transportati...ransit/568825/
                          Last edited by KC; 06-06-2019, 08:50 AM.

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                          • #*!%!

                            “300 miles northeast of Calgary”

                            No one could open a safe for 40 years. A tourist cracked it on his first try.

                            https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/new...try/ar-AACtXA0




                            How about 120 miles east of Edmonton




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                            • Or 3108 km northwest of Toronto?
                              I am in no way entitled to your opinion...

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                              • Originally posted by Spudly View Post
                                Or 3108 km northwest of Toronto?
                                Hilarious! That’s next. Calgary who?

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