Friday, July 3, 2009

Five things I learned at the June San Antonio Sustainable Living group meeting

Our June meeting featured Stephen Colley sharing information from several recent conferences he attended. Below are several things I learned from his talk and from those of other attendees.

  1. George Strait, real famous country music singing star, has a genuine adobe in the Dominion on IH-10. It is visible at a distance, since it is on top of a hill, but of course you can't get in to see it without his permission.
  2. However, Adobe Village on Hwy 281 just north of the River Crossing subdivision in Spring Branch has six genuine adobes which are open to the public, in fact they want you to come visit. I think I have seen them for a year or more, but I always suspected that they were only faux-dobe.
  3. Ground glass from municipal recycling is piling up awaiting buyers. Tim White of Roman Stucco has found that when it is ground properly it can substitute for coarse sharp sand in stucco.
  4. A lime clay plaster finish known as Tadelakt is nearly waterproof and can be used to line showers and for backsplashes.
  5. The AIA (American Institute of Architects) is very involved in Architecture 2030, which according to the website is an attempt to "rapidly transform the US and global Building Sector from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution to the global-warming crisis."

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