Category Archives: Eco Construction

Eco and environmentally friendly alternative methods of construction and conservation.

Caribbean Home Foundations

Choosing The Right Type of Foundation For Your Caribbean Home

Caribbean Homes and foundations

The type of foundation used in your Caribbean home will require careful thought.
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The increased risk of extreme weather is just one reason why a solid building foundation is becoming more important now than ever before.

A lot of thought must go into deciding what type of foundation will be best for your Caribbean home. Determining factors include available budget, personal needs, soil type and weather conditions. If you are building on a sloping lot in Dominica, you may, for instance, not be able to use a slab foundation while the high water table in certain parts of Barbados may ruin your plans of a basement foundation.

By having a closer look at the three most common forms of foundation you will be able to better ascertain which type will be best suited to your own personal needs.
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Decorating Concepts for Your Caribbean Villa

Caribbean Villa Photo Credit : Caribbean Land and Property

Caribbean Villa
Photo Credit : Caribbean Land and Property

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if summer vacations could last all year round? Imagine waking up and strolling out to sip a cold passion fruit juice on your rustic veranda, or coming home after a long day at work to relax beside blue waters in the shade of a palm tree?

Well, while that dream is in the pipeline, how about using these Caribbean design ideas to get yourself ready, for when you are ready? Continue reading

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Why You Should Be Thinking About a Timber Frame Home

Caribbean Villa's Timber balcony

Caribbean Villa’s Timber balcony

Let’s face it, living anywhere in the Caribbean is a dream come true, so why compromise your lifestyle with a house that is less than perfect?

Opting for a timber frame home will not only be as breathtaking as the island its built on, but it also has several other benefits that other style houses can’t compete with. Continue reading

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Building with Quartzite Stones

Building with Quartzite Stones in the Caribbean

White Quarzite tiles

White Quartzite tiles

Quartzite is a great alternative to mass produced ceramics and other common flooring options where durability and natural beauty are required.

Finishing touches to the floors of Caribbean properties can be a hectic phase for homeowners. The choice of flooring material is always dependent, firstly, on whether it is an indoor space (kitchen) or an outdoor space (garden paths or pools) and secondly the type of material that will give the best finish.

By choosing quartzite, you have a solution that gives both a first class finish and that is durable both indoors and outdoors. Additionally, it is easily accessible being available in Trinidad and Tobago!

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Energy Efficient Caribbean Home

5 Steps to create a Net-Zero Energy Home within the Caribbean

Creating a Net-Zero home

Creating a Net-Zero home

Moving to the Caribbean gives one the automatic option of living in harmony with nature. No, I don’t mean using large glass windows to bring outside in! We are talking about the harmony which nurtures, rebuilds and strengthens the environment that we live in.

You don’t have to attend the G2 Summit and place a vote to make your contribution – start with these simple five steps and create a Net-Zero Energy Home within the Caribbean Continue reading

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Clean Energy Island Style Must Replace Fossil Fuels

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Caribbean Solar Panel Suppliers

The Caribbean islands are still far too dependent on imported fossil fuels for household, government and commercial energy supplies.

The region has some of the world’s most expensive per unit cost, which creates an economic vulnerability and fossil fuel dependency on other nations who don’t have the Caribbean’s best interest at heart.  Caribbean energy consumers pay between four to five times as much per unit of electricity as the continental USA and Europe. As an example Aruba used to spend 16% of its economy on importing 6,500 barrels of diesel fuel a day to generate electricity to serve 110,000 people.

This is changing, and as a result there are opportunities opening up on all the islands for alternative energy technology supply and support.

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Wooden Kit Homes in the Caribbean

Wooden Kit Homes in the Caribbean

Caribbean Kit Homes in Wood

Caribbean Kit Homes in Wood

Building concrete and steel homes contributes significantly to greenhouse gasses which are without doubt destroying the life of our Caribbean sea.  Wood, which is strong and flexible makes a winning alternative, especially when the lumber is properly harvested and managed in a sustainable way.  Modern wooden structures are extremely strong and skyscrapers of timber are now being designed and built instead of using our resources up in concrete and steel.

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Recycling Caribbean Cars to Make Roads

Recycling Caribbean Cars and Trucks to make Roads

We don’t do enough recycling in the islands, for very good economic reasons that I cannot dispute.  In recycling, economies of scale are paramount, and in small communities its an insurmountable problem.

Nevertheless there are several recycling companies that we have found in the region and we are looking for more to compile a complete list.  One in Trinidad does takes scrap metal, which is my particular concern, especially with regards to old cars and trucks.

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Recycling Caribbean Cars to Make Roads

I have a theory that if we filled all the potholes in our Caribbean roads with the abandoned wrecks that line them, we could kill two birds with one recycle, so to speak!

It is only a theory!  A civil engineer would tell me, don’t be silly!   Combining several completely different construction materials like concrete, asphalt and various metals needs serious levels of engineering,  and it has to be done right.  My reply would be ..but it cannot be worse than it is now!

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Earthbag Construction for Curved Designs

Earthbag Construction for Circles and Curved Designs

Earthbag construction is used for several very good reasons but one of them is the ability to create structures that are made up from flowing curves.

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Earthbag Construction

These curves can be on the horizontal, such as an elegantly curved wall.  Or they can be compound curves where the structure curves in both the horizontal and vertical plane at the same time, such as a dome structure.

To obtain the beauty of these curves with other traditional building materials used in the Caribbean is difficult.

Masonry can be arranged to create curves and if you are willing to pay for expensive form work it is also possible to create curves with poured concrete. However most other building materials are much better suited to creating straight vertical walls, and used for the majority of construction projects in the Caribbean.

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Puerto Rico Concrete Manufacturer Introduces New Eco Method

Puerto Rico Concrete Manufacturer Carmelo Introduces New Eco Construction Method

Puerto Rico Concrete Manufacturer

Puerto Rico Concrete Manufacturer – SCIP Construction

Several architects and contractors in the Puerto Rico have turned to a non-conventional method of construction. Although it has been in the market for over three decades, it is relatively new to many of our local Puerto Rico clients and contractors and the wider Caribbean construction industry.

In Europe it is a familiar practice and preferred by contractors.  This is mostly due to the time and cost savings implications both for the contractor and the end user.  Moreover, it is a system that provides for a much cleaner and eco friendly construction. The pre fabricated system is known as Structural Concrete Insulated Panel or SCIP.

 

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