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September 2008
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Brandywine Bay

Brandywine Waterfront Apartments - If you are considering a waterfront town house in the British Virgin Islands, you just might find what you are looking for at Brandywine Bay. Remember location, loca...
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Home Inspector

Cracks in cistern walls, leaking roofs, lopsided doors, windows of unequal heights, backed up toilets, smelly septic, no water pressure, electrical panels above bathroom sinks and centred in living ro...
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Off the Wall

Feeding Nature’s “Wild Kids” - Hummingbirds may have not made it into the plays of Shakespeare or into the masterpieces of European art, but they were seen as gods by many and we are...
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Articles
Peat Moss Toilets
A Solution

A Solution to Water Contamination - Most outhouses smell.  The peat moss composting toilet I use where I live and work here in Northwest British Columbia’s Clayquot Wilderness Eco Retreat, aka “the Outpost,” is an exception.  It actually has a pleasant, earthy smell. 

Requiring a short lesson beforehand, Outpost sanitation master and manager of housekeeping, Mary B...
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Water's Edge
Water

Light Dances and Glassy Inspirations - These days we design and build swimming pools for far more than just swimming.  Our creations are no longer merely functional; they’re visual and aural masterpieces with a functional element.  These days, a pool can involve an optical illusion, such as water vanishing into the horizon; or it could incorporate a stunning display of waterfalls e...
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Expressions in Colour
OBM International

Expressions In Colour - OBM International’s Tim Peck describes the powerful role colour plays in self-expression among the Caribbean people, as seen through the built landscape. Colour conveys emotion.  It tells a story.  As blue is the colour of the sky and the sea, symbolizing faith and trust, red ignites passion, courage and love.  Green embodies nature, and yellow gives en...
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Simulated Natural Ventilation
Vernacular Design

Simulated Natural Ventilation - The following examples appear to have been developed from the vernacular principles of ventilative cooling, but use components to further enhance the cooling effects, either by controlling or making reliable the wind flow direction and velocity. This is particularly useful when there is little ventilation available.
 
1. Direct Ground Cooling:

Even in a hot, hum...
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