michael beyer

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It looks like all the walls are enclosed in this photo. Where does the airflow come from?
4 weeks ago
What if the carport had walls on all four sides? Wouldn't that block the wind enough so that nothing blew away?
4 weeks ago

Thekla McDaniels wrote:
Sorry, Michael, I am not contradicting you, but the institution that put the idea out trying to distinguish lime from cement.  This kind of green washing is all too common.  The idea put forth that hempcrete is "sustainable" that it uses "lime", which as noted is produced the same way as portland cement.  

It is so exhausting to have to fact check everything, isn't it?



This seems to be the most comprehensive scientific paper studying life cycle analyses of 36 different formulations of hempcrete. It seems their conclusion is that many formulations of hempcrete are carbon negative, especially the formulations which do not include Portland cement.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S095965262031893X

You can find other less comprehensive life cycle analyses through a search like this as well...

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=life+cycle+analysis+of+concrete+vs+hempcrete&t=iphone&ia=web

I would love to know the negative ecological consequences of mining limestone and producing limebinders outside of the context of just calculating carbon-score and embodied energy. Are these types of considerations taken into account in life cycle analyses or do I need to start an organization that takes some of these other factors into account? xD
2 months ago

Thekla McDaniels wrote:
Sorry, Michael, I am not contradicting you, but the institution that put the idea out trying to distinguish lime from cement.  This kind of green washing is all too common.  The idea put forth that hempcrete is "sustainable" that it uses "lime", which as noted is produced the same way as portland cement.  

It is so exhausting to have to fact check everything, isn't it?



This article also claims the ability to source lime binder components locally. How they define "locally" and how the process of mining effects the overall ecology is not clear though.

https://www.greenbuildermedia.com/buildingscience/hempcrete-keeping-it-local
2 months ago

Thekla McDaniels wrote:

Sorry, Michael, I am not contradicting you, but the institution that put the idea out trying to distinguish lime from cement.  This kind of green washing is all too common.  The idea put forth that hempcrete is "sustainable" that it uses "lime", which as noted is produced the same way as portland cement.  

It is so exhausting to have to fact check everything, isn't it?



I've researched further and you are correct. It seems limestone or "lime" is a main ingredient in Portland cement as well. Perhaps hempcrete is more sustainable in that it doesn't have to go through as many industrial processes to produce it? It especially doesn't need to be heated to such a high temperature. Also, there are claims it is carbon negative after some time as it sequesters carbon. I don't know if these claims are true or not, but in some senses, it may be considered more sustainable than Portland cement but it still has the ecological consequences of mining limestone whatever those are. What do you think about this?
2 months ago
Stir Fry Recipe

2 cups : Green/Red Rice
3 ct : peppers (yellow - red - orange)
1 ct : yellow onion
1/4 ct : red onion
1 lb : ground beef
1 lb : fresh mushrooms (maitake, shiitake, oyster)
1/8 cup : coconut aminos
1/8 cup : store bought organic general tso sauce
1 ct : baby bok choy

Kim Huse wrote:My Early bird never registered...I  did do the Candy donation after the we are funded easily went out; is the tree anyway for me to do the Early bird 1.00 donation to get the goodies that are not available after the we are funded emails went out?



How do we know if our early bird "registered"? Isn't it just anyone who pledges within the first 3 days gets the early bird rewards?
3 months ago
Me cleaning an oily bowl of eggs leftover from toddler breakfast :)
3 months ago
So the super early bird period is during the first 2 days of the kickstarter?
3 months ago

paul wheaton wrote:

michael beyer wrote:how high would one of the stretch goals have to get to turn the SKIP system into an app?



I think that would need to be a whole different kickstarter.




On a related note, do you think the permies community would be interested in the new SEEDS currency based on building a regenerative economy?

here is the website that is going to be released on earth day: http://34.245.191.151/

the project is already live and current website can be seen here: https://www.joinseeds.com/

what i am thinking is this — i can write a proposal in the SEEDS community where the first X number of people who donate to your kickstarter will receive $10 worth of SEEDS in return, essentially paying them back the amount they donated while also allowing them to experiment with this new currency system

i believe there can definitely be some synergy between permaculture communities and this new SEEDS currency system and coming platform

i can explain more but i don't want to bog down the thread — feel free to email me at spiritloveroot@gmail.com if you feel there is worthy mutual benefit (or whatever way of communication seems most suitable to you)
4 months ago