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    Home Builder Turns Trash into $10,000 Green Homes

    Post  mudra on Tue Feb 28, 2012 4:28 pm

    Home Builder Turns Trash into $10,000 Green Homes

    Dan Phillips is one of the most unconventional home builders you'll ever find. In fact, he's more an ecological social messiah than a home builder (see video below). For $10,000, he builds affordable homes for low-income people that are attractive, energy-efficient and save landfills. Most builders purchase building materials -- piles of wood, sheet rock, nails, bricks, and tiles -- that are used in construction and then, when the house is finished, the waste is discarded to the dump. Phillips, 66, salvages those materials, hauling them from the trash or even picking them up on the road, to build or remodel homes for low-income buyers.

    He says he's just doing what people have been doing for years -- using whatever they can scrounge up to to build shelter.

    "And if you ponder what could be used," says the Huntsville, Tex., resident, "then building materials are everywhere."

    Phillips himself has been "everywhere": He worked as an intelligence officer in the Army, then as a dance instructor, an antiques dealer and a puzzle maker. Fourteen years ago he started a new career: Creating affordable homes for low-income families out of trash. He is a self-taught carpenter, electrician and plumber. His motivation came from the disparity he saw between

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    landfills overflowing with discarded building materials and a lack of affordable housing. He started Phoenix Commotion, a for-profit company that hopes to solve the world's social problems associated with housing.

    Phillips builds homes for as little as $10,000, making them energy-efficient with tight insulation, solar hot water and even a rainwater catchment system. He hires unskilled workers, teaches them marketable construction skills and then helps them find jobs when the project is complete. He keeps the landfills shallow by using truckfuls of leftover building materials such as lumber, tile and granite. Locals even hand off their old fixtures and doors to Phillips when they remodel, which he keeps in a warehouse and distributes free to low-income and needy people and organizations.

    read on: http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2011/04/25/home-builder-turns-trash-into-green-homes-for-10-000/?icid=main%7Chp-laptop%7Cdl8%7Csec1_lnk3%7C210929


    Dan Phillips on TED:

    Arrow http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_phillips_creative_houses_from_reclaimed_stuff.html

    In this funny and insightful talk from TEDxHouston, builder Dan Phillips tours us through a dozen homes he's built in Texas using recycled and reclaimed materials in wildly creative ways. Brilliant, low-tech design details will refresh your own creative drive.

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    Re: Home Builder Turns Trash into $10,000 Green Homes

    Post  THEeXchanger on Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:31 pm

    for less than what most people pay per year in land tax
    we built a 2500 sq foot camp; that could sleep, approx 15 people
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    Re: Home Builder Turns Trash into $10,000 Green Homes

    Post  mudra on Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:49 pm

    THEeXchanger wrote:for less than what most people pay per year in land tax
    we built a 2500 sq foot camp; that could sleep, approx 15 people

    That's awesome susan.
    Imagination I believe is what it takes to think out of the box and built things anew.
    Well done on you Thubs Up

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