Bioshelter story: Bob the Builder

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  • Question:: How can we upgrade housing in village Alaska.
  • Bob----asked to design a house! NEED: to solve for frozen pipes, bucket spills, and clean water that folks don’t have to haul it. It has to be “western” - but not substandard HUD homes. But still have running water
  • Not this kind of house! An integrated house! A house for the village. With running water. And systems integrating.
  • Collect it and store it.
  • PLANTS!
  • Bacteria!!! Yes.
  • Feed it to the plants! YES!
  • Bioshelter story: Bob the Builder

    1. 1. Connecting the dots:building a whole system
    2. 2. There once was a man…..
    3. 3. He built houses in the arctic and noticed that there was a lot of waste..HEAT ELECTRICWATER HONEY COLLECTED BUCKETS
    4. 4. He saw a problem…..how to build homes with runningwater and good toilets in arcticvillages. Let’s collect some rain water!
    5. 5. Bob, the builder,built amodel homefor hisfamilywithouta well ora septic in Eagle River in 1985
    6. 6. He designed a flat roof to collect rainand snow melt! 2010
    7. 7. Oops---the water had too much nitrogen!With what would he fix it?
    8. 8. HE FILTERED IT THROUGH PLANTS!
    9. 9. OOPS! People get dirty! With what would he clean them? WITH A SHOWER!
    10. 10. OOPS! There’s too much soap and toenails in the water! With what would he clean it?
    11. 11. With Bacteria!
    12. 12. OOPS!There was too many clumps ofbacteria in the water! With what would he fix THAT?
    13. 13. He knew the fish would eat the bacteria!
    14. 14. OOPS!There was fish pee in the water! GROSS! With what would he fix it?
    15. 15. The plantswouldgladlydrinkfish pee!
    16. 16. Is the water safe to use now?Well, the fish didn’t die, the plants didn’t wilt…….. Let’s use the water!……the perfect permaculture system!(Fine print) The next oops: Too many aphids
    17. 17. The Bioshelter’s Closed Loop Water System
    18. 18. Thanksto Bob,the Builder!(Bob Crosbyof Biorealis Systems)

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