20 Aug '12, 11am

Green Blog: Sweaty Lessons in the 'True' Cost of Construction

Green Blog: Sweaty Lessons in the 'True' Cost of Construction

Rob Harris for The New York Times To avoid generating carbon dioxide emissions with a backhoe, volunteers in Moab, Utah, put in extra hours shoveling gravel and then dumping it into the foundation of the straw bale home they are building. When my wife, Julia, and I arrived in Moab, Utah, to start our four-month internship building a straw bale house, a party was raging in the backyard. Our internship is with the nonprofit group Community Rebuilds , and on the evening we drove up to the house we’ll be sharing with seven other interns, Emily Niehaus, the group’s founder and director, was throwing a thank-you party for Bike and Build . This pack of several dozen 20-somethings had pedaled into Moab a few days ahead of us to help tear out the doublewide trailer that would be replaced by a straw bale house. The next morning they pedaled off to their next volunteer gig in another...

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