Thursday, October 18, 2012
Long Comment Won't Fit!
Hbbil tried to enter this comment under the King/Queen of the Citadel post, but being long, it wouldn't go through. The only way I can get it published is to do it as a post.
Miss Violet has brokered the question, given the aspect of tourism as a part of the Citadel, "what kind of image do we want to project and play upon"? She has even offered some suggestions based on proposed architecture of the center piece of the Citadel, the location and culture of the surrounding area up to and including "we could just put it all in the blender and come up with something uniquely American." It is this last one that I will address. It can certainly be done outside the walls to each individuals taste but I will throw it out there for use inside as well.
Before I offer a suggestion however, I want to make it abundantly clear that I am NOT a free to be you and me hug a tree eco Nazi. I do however believe we should be good stewards of this world and pick up after ourselves, we should use ALL resources available to us, petroleum products, coal natural gas as well as green. I personally abhor the Green movement and the politics they put into play that have caused a lot of the issues we have today with the growing loss of freedom. That however is the subject of another paper. As onerous as I feel they are, they do however from time to time come up with some good ideas.
Long before the III was even a glimpse in anyone's eye, I had considered a move to the Pacific Northwest or to that area now referred to as the American Redoubt. I researched a lot of stuff but before I could make the move, the Southeast Asian War Games got underway and my life changed. Now it looks as if I have come full circle and anticipate moving in that direction again. One of the main things that I took into consideration was the climate and the cost of heating and cooling. The best answer I came up with was earth sheltered homes. The ambient temperature of the soil remains fairly constant at points below the frost line and acts as an insulator against both heat and cold making it easy to maintain an even temperature in your house year round with little or no expenditure of energy (money or time and effort if you are going to heat with wood).
Need an example? In a winter survival situation when you are caught in a snowstorm one of the best ways to get shelter is to build a snow cave, your body heat alone is often enough to insure survival in one of these. That's just snow. The earth being a lot denser has better insulating properties. So...we should all dig holes and live in dark musty caves, right? Contrary to popular belief, modern earth sheltered homes are full of light and well ventilated. Since I first looked into this man years ago technology has made a lot more things possible now to the point where a concept called "earthships" has come about, where the home is completely self contained, heat, cooling, water from rain on the roof to a cistern and more. The earthship homes use a lot of recycled material, used tires filled with rammed earth for example for walls. I can't help but think that those would make excellent bullet stoppers and lord knows there are lots of used tires and earth available. Concrete and steel earth covered domes are another development. Using geothermal exchange pumps to heat and cool. Solar panels are way more efficient these days. We don't have to follow these concepts blindly, just take what works for us and use it. Think also that in the event of a siege, you can always grow your food on your roof or slopes.
Given the vertical nature of the terrain that seems to be prevalent in our area of interest, this might not be a bad idea. Cut a notch in a hill and build a house right up against it. Safe room and covered escape route out the back, not to be overlooked. Yeah, I know...my bunker mentality is showing through.
Rather than go into detail on my own, a sure way to lose a lot in the translation, I will provide a few links below. I will be meeting with BonnieGadsden and a fell III per from points north of us on 3 Nov for a III to III meet and greet. Since BF is in the construction industry and heading up III Construction, I will broach the subject and feasibility of it with him.
I had planned on doing that anyway and getting off a note to Mr Kerodin, but Miss Violet seems to have "forced my hand:. ;)
Want to make the Citadel a showplace? This is one possibility and could show a means to true independence by living off grid as much as possible. It might even drum up some business for III Construction and its employees once we have taken care of our own needs. Besides...in a SHTF situation you will want to economize resources as much as possible.
For what ever reason, the site will not let me post a hyperlink so here they are another way. GOOGLE these.
This next link show what is possible. Take the photo tour.
formworks building house-for-sale
Lots of interesting concepts;
Somewhere behind enemy lines,
Peoples Republik of Kalifornistan
Posted by Miss Violet at 4:08 PM