LEED: ID1 Integrated Project Planning

Every LEED measure begins with a statement of intent. This is important because some projects meet the letter of the measure but not the spirit. For example, one can reduce water demand in irrigation by 45% (WE2.3) by paving over the lawn, but that doesn’t meet the objective to “minimize outdoor demand for water through […]

Anna Keichline is Awesome

In honor of Ada Lovelace Day, I’m going to share the story of Anna Keichline, architect, inventor, and early proponent of space- and material-efficient design. Born in 1889 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, Anna Wagner Keichline started building at an early age. Encouraged in the pursuit by her parents, who provided her with a fully stocked carpentry workshop, […]

LEED: Introduction

The U.S. Green Building Council was founded in 1993 to promote sustainability in the building and construction industry.  A green building rating system was a priority from the beginning, and in 2000, the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification system was unveiled to “single out commercial, institutional and residential projects noteworthy for their stellar […]


Where we’ve been the last two-and-a-half years: Mostly ill, unfortunately, which is super boring. There was a giant (but benign!) tumor, and a surgery, and a troubled recovery through which I’m still slogging, but I’m doing a lot better than I was, and I’m continuing to improve. Here’s a picture of a puppy to celebrate […]

The windows have been replaced.

The floor plan of the bus interferes with about half of the windows, and while I’m trying to keep the bus still looking like a school bus rather than an RV or a surveillance van, having windows in the back of our closets isn’t the best idea. I bought some 18 gauge cold-rolled steel cut […]

The rivets are gone at last

The recovery from wisdom tooth surgery turned into recovery from a broken jaw through a stroke of incredibly bad luck eating bread. No, that’s not a typo. I broke my jaw on a Peace Bomb. Killer bread indeed. The three weeks of Percocet turned into four months, and I’m just now starting to eat solid […]

The Tile is Here!

So the rivet removal is coming along, but I’ve still got a long way to go. I have the metal waiting to replace the windows that are being removed. Alas. I’ve also needed to weld metal into the bottom “window” in the back door since about a month ago, but it hasn’t happened yet, so […]


A bus is mainly held together with rivets. They come in two sizes, and there are about 1500 of them in the interior of the bus, all of which need to be removed. The smaller of the two varieties have an indentation in the center and are relatively easy to remove by simply drilling them […]

So it’s been a year

I finally received my welding equipment, and it started raining the next day. This is Portland, so that’s not entirely unexpected. The problem is that it didn’t stop for ten months. So Ethan and I went out of town (as often as possible), made snowpeople, competed in the US National Beard and Moustache Championships, went […]

Electrical remnants and other fun finds

I’m still waiting on my welding gear to arrive, so I thought I’d tear out some of the random electrical bits that remain from previous systems that I don’t want to use. Things like the breaker box that doesn’t have anything feeding it, and the cut off wires stubbed into the floor. The first one […]

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