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This question could apply to community as well as an individual housing.
I was curious if you had some insight on what type of housing would be appropriate for northwestern Pennsylvania (not too far from D Acres, geographically speaking)
I've been interested in building a home utilizing eco-friendly/energy efficient methods, just have been overwhelmed by all the choices, strawbale, cordwood, eartbermed etc...

Thanks.
 
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I would go with strawbale.
 
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i like integrated buildings...use of materials based on many factors including local vernacular and resource base...what is in abundance? carpenters or masons? for materials is there forest, clay, rocks, sod, straw?

but in general i like round wood timber frame construction with strawbale on the north, cordwood on the east and west and earthen or stone walls with extra glazing on the south...

whats your latitude? alot of the actual design would depend on the seasonal incidence of the sun through the year on your building location

also how big? is this for a family or an individual?

i would be a little hesitant with earthbermed beyond the arid sundrenched southwest considering annual groundwater fluctuations and difference is daily sunlight averages in other parts of the world
 
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