okay i think i got an idea how housing could be rolled into it. i noticed there's a trend to reuse old metal shipping containers as urban housing. i
just am unsure on how healthy it is to be living inside a metal box. although our bodies use metals, they are in very specific amounts, which vary in
usefulness to your physiology as you age. aluminum is a big culprit indicated in diseases relating to old age, like alzheimers. heavy metals are bad
for people. metal in your teeth = bad for you, and so on. so it doesn't help to propose something that's beneficial, physically, and then ruin it
with a toxic sleeping environment.
although some metal is needed to insure the stability of structures, i would think having that metal incased in concrete would be the better route,
like earthberm structures, which use cement shells, the ribbing is metal but covered in concrete. the problem is that earthberms, although very
efficient with energy, they pose their own set of risks, such as specific types of radon energy, emitted from the ground being sort of trapped and
building up, in the berm space. this requires extra engineering and expenditure to overcome. it also limits the amount of natural light and
therefore would have that effect of drab, dank, living that has to almost exclusively derive its light from artificiality (which seems
counterproductive to well being, not to mention it isn't very eco friendly).
so i was thinking it would be nice to have something drawn up, made of recycled natural materials, that are cheap to get, safe and healthy to be
in/around for extended periods of time (particularly while sleeping), that can pass safety requirements for temporary housing units, provide adequate
shelter from the extremes in environment, that are well lit from a natural source (the sun) but maintain privacy.
any kind of long house construction, would carry with it the expense of natural woods and their maintenance would be complicated by faster decay of
the materials, not to mention treatments to the wood to offset the infestation of bugs like termites, poisonous spiders and roaches, creates yet
another toxic environment.
so ideally, the material for the construction has to be something that can withstand bugs, be safe and natural as possible. this, unfortunately,
leaves out wood. it also leaves out earthberm, which is not portable anyway. and having these temp housing units be portable, is the icing on the
cake for the idea. but what kind of material is portable, non toxic, stable enough to use for a shelter, doesn't attract bugs, is capable of being
well lit and private. that certainly isn't plastic or metal. glass does suit almost all those requirements but still needs to be stabilized by metal,
can easily break and is not very light weight, effecting its portability. is there a lightweight type of break resistant glass that isn't toxic and
doesn't contain aluminum, lead or plastic?
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