Sunday, December 27, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Rediscovering the joys of soldering, made cheap clunky solar charger, works on cloudy days. Thanks Dad.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

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Friday, November 20, 2009

The Home Energy Bible: Residential Energy by Krigger and Dorsi. It can save the planet, folks.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Yes, it's 3:27am. Yes, I'm on FB/Twitter. Yes, I'm reading solar / energy efficiency news articles. What's it to ya?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

In 5 years or less, neighborhoods will have the option of generating all their own power. Integrated Design will enable this.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Confession: I'm a total lefty who has always wanted to be in the Army. Heroism? Bloodlust? Marketing? Why?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Reggie Watts just broke my music neck. Also, I did a 5 second energy audit of Le Pichet. Are these related?
"Freedom of choice is what you've got, Freedom FROM choice is what you want" -Mothersbaugh

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

continuing to offer cost-effective energy efficiency consulting services, audits, and support. Free 30 min consultations. Questions?

Monday, October 26, 2009

I play co-ed over-30 soccer on Monday nights. I freaking love it. Except the injuries.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

If you parent, you must iPhone. Sitting in the car I read my mail, did an hour of work, updated FB, while Piper slept for 2hrs.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Who is planning on buying an electric car when they "get it right"? What would it have, and at what optimal cost?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Here at REFF West, San Fran. Turns out, we were right about community solar / energy efficiency!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

FB/Twit posts fascinate me. What am I doing or thinking right now? Why read this or post that? To combat loss/lonliness with Connection.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Truth: I love Lucky Charms, but I don't want to buy them and share with Piper. Cruel?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Artists: I need some help putting my microprint portfolio together. Trade for a 2hr energy audit.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Officially exploring secondary career path. Suggestions welcome, preferably in the energy/conservation field.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

just read the ADD quiz in "Delivered from Distraction". Score? 120/128. I WIN! Wanna ride bikes??

Saturday, September 5, 2009

StumbleUpon: targeted yet random net zeitgeist...I Stumbled "bug-out bag" then "utopia/dystopia" and then "When technology Fails". Weird.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I'm beyond the triple bottom line: planet and people MAKE the profits possible.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Debating waiting for the infamous Apple Tablet instead of going Macbook...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

refining my credo: Prosperity and Peace through Community Energy Independence.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Piper slept the WHOLE ride back from Anacortes. Apologizing for 2 sleepless nights?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Self-Actualized Home

Can you think about the water runoff of a home and ignore the foundation? Can you think about the foundation and ignore the ground? Can you think about the ground and ignore the plants? Can you think about the plants and ignore the people? Can you think about the people and ignore how they interact with each other; their dwellings and environment? What kind of thinking integrates these questions and their components? I think the anwer is self-actualized thinking. Self-actualized thinking is done by self-actualized people.

I've just read a pretty succinct article on BrainMeta that outlines the characteristics of a few so-called "self actualized" people.

In it, the German word "gemeinschaftsgefuhl" meaning "community feeling" or "social interest", was described as one of the traits self-actualized people had. I got to this page via StumbleUpon while winding down after a very intense walk/talk around Greenlake with a couple of wise men in the building/environment/design field.

Non-coincidentally since this was likely building for a while, the conversation I had with Mike Broili and Wayne Apostolik was centered around the burgeoning field of holistic dwellings, high-performance homes, and residential energy/resource conservation. (Wayne runs a firm called NorthWest HomeCrafters Inc, and Mike Broili runs a firm called Living Systems Design).

What we discovered (likely again) was the truth about how the building trades (most all of them) need to truly integrate their services for both new and retrofit/remodel homes. In particular, we agreed that there is really no way to do this right without doing it entirely, thoroughly, holistically. From the site, to the design, to the materials, to the methodologies, to the workmanship, to the vegetation, to the integration of the people in their homes and beyond.

For new homes, the USGBC's highest LEED standards are getting very good at this holistic integration approach, but the retrofit/remodel world is not yet on board. Perhaps it's because there is no single (or even usable multiple) methodology or terminology for bringing tradespeople into this systems-based model.

I posit the possibility that the direction is towards an ideal that works in the the social sciences and psychological world: that of "self-actualization".

If human dwellings and human beings are to improve, we need some serious goals to strive towards. "The self-actualized home" is where the self-actualized human should live. Some do so already, but this idea must be brought to the population as a whole, and not be limited to people who have spare time or spare money to pursue this seemingly lofty endeavor for themselves, their families, and their community.

Self-actualization is not self-ishness. In fact, quite the contrary, it's about the capacity to move beyond one's self and into the work of sharing our gifts with others in a healthy and progressive fashion. Full integration is what we're looking for, and it must consider the outside and the inside in a holistic (sorry to bludgeon you with the term) way. All the outsides and all the insides.

That's what's meant by the social term "gemeinschaftsgefuhl", and if we could add the environmental bridge between humans/communities and their dwelling spaces (outside and inside kinds of dwelling spaces), we'd have a really solid target to hit in the field of residential energy conservation.

At Campbell Energy, we are in the process of shooting at that goal, the full integration and self-actualization of people and their dwelling spaces. While doing so myself, I am promoting the idea itself and pushing this mountain of humanity in that direction. If we are to survive as a species, this is the way it must be done.

What do these self-actualized dwellings look like? They consider the entire ecosystem all at once, and integrate themselves with it and their inhabitants. The dwelling space is the conduit between the animals we are and the land we live on. This three-way integration is not new at all, look at a cave and you'll see the ancient evidence of it.

I'm actually hoping not to define the self-actualized dwelling myself, but to offer the idea up to my readers and get their feedback on it. If you feel compelled to describe the characteristics of a self-actualized dwelling, please leave a comment.

Deep Green Love,