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  • in reply to: Who is the Webmaster here? #64251
    howie
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    It’s worse than that. When I click the login button on the top menu, I get directed to the wordpress log-in and then I can’t get out of it. The only way I can login to the forum is to read a message and then click the link that is included in the “you must be logged in to post”.

    (MacOSX with Firefox)

    in reply to: Who is the Webmaster here? #64252
    howie
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    Actually. I’ve just read some post here and they are REALLY old. I’ve probably just wasted my time because it looks like this forum is effectively dead.

    in reply to: Alternative Money #63989
    howie
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    Hi. Also well worth taking a look at the Totnes Pound Project. See:

    https://totnes.transitionnetwork.org/totnespound/home

    There are a couple of other local-money schemes in the UK too.

    I use Totnes pounds whenever I can and have the satisfaction of knowing that every time I spend them, the money stays within a few short miles of that spot.

    in reply to: is capitalism the problem ? #63990
    howie
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    Sorry. I’m confused. Which country do you guys live in? I keep getting mixed-up with off-grid.net because there is no obvious way of distinguishing which parts of the site (or indeed which forum discussions) come from which side of the pond.

    in reply to: Building Block Cement Water Tank 23X4.5X5high #63970
    howie
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    Hi. Sorry, this isn’t about pressure – but it might save you a LOT of heartache in the long-run!

    Can I just check, what is the construction? I mean, what thickness and reinforcing system have you used for the sides and how are they tied into the base? Have you got it buried in earth to equalise the water pressure when it is full?

    howie
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    I don’t see why eco-home ‘owners’ would naturally ‘cluster’ any more than other people living in standard on-grid homes in the countryside.

    Are you actually worried about more people living in the countryside?

    If people live in the countryside and need local resources to support them, why are they any more of a drain on local resources than if they lived in a suburb or city? Surely, the very fact that a family may live on their own (or rented) land in cheap eco-housing and don’t put any strain grid-based resources, means that they are also less likely to put a strain on: road/rail transport networks; the environmental and financial costs of travelling to work to earn high salaries to pay for expensive houses; claiming benefits to pay for their rent and bills; requiring social services intervention for social problems; requiring an eventual means-tested pension; etc.

    Buy a farmhouse. Yeah; Right. Don’t you think that that WOULD place you in the category of putting a burden on what you are calling ‘local resources’. What sort of resource-sucking life would you have to lead in order to pay for your >£0.5m farmhouse? Would it be a low-carbon one? Unlikely. Furthermore, what sort of life have you already led in order to afford that property, – and for what real, eventual benefits – compared to living an eco-friendly existence in a woodland?

    Last thought: These farmhouses you’re suggesing we should all buy; What (local, national or world) resources have already been used to build them and to keep them all operational since they were built?

    howie
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    “A reason for planning laws must exist”

    Yep. And a reason for 42-day detention of terror suspects “must exist”.

    The question is; how much of the current planning legislation is overkill for those of us who would just like to live off-grid on our own land in an eco-house and presenting a near-zero carbon footprint?

    in reply to: Sedum roof/Grass roof #63965
    howie
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    Hi Nick. Don’t know if this helps, but there’s some info here regarding materials used. (I am not in any way connected to this company, by the way).

    https://www.segalselfbuild.co.uk/articles/creatingagreenro.html

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