A tour of how we live & work off grid in our straw bale home – Riverstone Studios showing the interior of our home/studio, wind turbine, solar panels, and the finishing work in our home. This is our version of Green Living. What’s yours? A lot of comments are asking about building codes. We live in Rural Saskatchewan Canada. Our particular Municipal Government required building plans and a business plan for sustaining our livelihood on a section of land they deemed as the “Eco-village” which allowed us to be pretty flexible with our building style…the catch – In order to build a building not recognized by building code means: no banks & no insurance! Lending institutions want proof of insurability so they rely on insurance companies…Insurance companies want low risk so they rely on building codes and passed inspections. Permits were taken on our gas connection but the rest of the build we did ourselves. Because it is non commercial and rural, we are allowed to wire and plumb ourselves. We are not connected to municipal water or to provincial electricity, so again, there are no governing bodies with direct interests in our build. If you are interested in seeing the Before and After of our house go here: http://riverstonestudios.blogspot.ca/2010/08/two-steps-forwardno-looking-back.html Video Rating: / 5 Plotting a Path to Sustainability with The Green Grid’s Data Center Maturity Model and Assessment Tool This session presented the future of the Data Center Maturity Model (DCMM) and the newly created assessment tool. The tool allows you to assess your data center and IT portfolio against the DCMM, access your personal DCMM equalizer, and obtain benchmarking results — see how you are doing against the industry and similar types of data centers. The DCMM outlines capability descriptors by area such that users can understand their […]
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