A necessary Evil … foundations!

This should be the most exciting time of the build – the foundations going down. And it is. But because of the relatively high amount of embedded energy of the steel and concrete that will be used, it’s also a time that’s causing me some anxiety.

To help compensate, I’m keeping a record of the materials (i.e. tonnage of concrete and steel) with high carbon footprints, and will use the information to set aside a carbon offset fund for the building project.

I plan offset with organisations such as Puretrust.org and Climate Care but if anyone has any other recommendations let me know. I’ll also post the carbon footprint and offset values at the end of the project.

More details on this subject in my earlier blog that covered the preparation stages of this project (blog post: High Impact  and blog post: Carbon Footprint).



About ifd66

From UK and living in Japan. I am very interested in sustainable development and in general ecology and conservation issues and solutions. Finished building a low impact family house in Shiga, Japan in 2013 and am now focused on using permaculture to develop our plot of land into a more sustainable, productive, and attractive space. My hope is that this blog is useful to those interested in similar issues and way of life.
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One Response to A necessary Evil … foundations!

  1. paul says:

    Westviews of snowy mountains, east view of the lake. Fab location.


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