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1   Tenpoundbass   ignore (11)   2018 Jun 10, 9:44am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

There's no reason for the price of lumber other than it keeps the price of housing high. As it is kept in range with metal studs.
There a lot of land in Central and North Florida as well as Georgia that used to grow a fast yellow pine lumber. Mature trees in 5 years. They haven't been replanted in a decade or two. They aren't developed either, just left with wild scrub and cabbage palms. The replacement value on a house is $250K on 1700sqft in most part due to inflated building materials, and the unnecessary builder grade standards of materials they chose. Formica Cabinets and counters were sustainable, they could be resurfaced and kept for the life of the house. Now they demand Stone Counter tops, and cheap mass produced U-Build cabinets for an inflated price. The new cabinets don't stand the test of time. The stain on the shelves and around the handles on our Coffee Cherry Cabinets we put in, in 2010. We already wish we had the old school formica counter tops. As the granite counter tops eats up our dishes chips them when you set them down with any zeal other than a soft hand. Building a 1700sqf - 2100sqf house is overinflated by at least $100K or more.
2   Aphroman   ignore (4)   2018 Jun 10, 10:17am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

The future is here, it’s just not been embraced by a certain segment of the population yet

http://nationalhempassociation.org/some-interesting-faces-about-hempcrete-as-a-building-material/


Hempcrete is one of the most amazing building products made from industrial hemp. All it is, is hemp hurds, or the center of the stalk, water, and lime (which is powdered limestone). Mix it together in a slurry and form it in to the wall of a building and over time the chemical reactions between the water, lime and Hemp will petrify the hemp and turn the lime back into stone.

Modern day building materials are either mined from the earth or harvested from centuries old forests. Hemp crops can be harvested annually in perpetuity. One acre of hemp provides as much paper as 4.1 acres of trees. Considering the trees take decades to grow and hemp takes about 4 months, the advantages become clear.1 In some areas of the US, you can grow more than one crop of hemp a year.

Why Lime?
One ton of manufactured cement (1400–1450 °C) releases 850kg of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere! This is a consequence of the chemical reaction and cannot be reduced by energy saving. The use of lime instead of cement will save approximately 80% of the CO2 release compared to ordinary cement. One single residence will save between 5,000 and 10,000 lbs of CO2 emissions. 2
Benefits of hempcrete
Non-toxic • No off-gassing • No solvents • Mold resistance • High vapor permeability • Humidity control • Durable • Sustainable • Carbon sequestration • Fire and pest resistance • Passive self regulation of temperature and humidity • GREAT insulator
3   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch   ignore (30)   2018 Jun 10, 10:22am   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

It doesn't matter if houses were FREE! to build. The banks and REALTORS want every shack to be 10x the GDP of Norway and they'll get it.
4   Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 10, 6:36pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch says
It doesn't matter if houses were FREE! to build. The banks and REALTORS want every shack to be 10x the GDP of Norway and they'll get it.


@APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch is correct on this.

The realtors are the second largest bribers of Congress, and the bankers routinely revolve in and out of top government positions, so we're fucked. They run the country and make our laws. We do not. Game over.

Ordinary people:

1. Do not have time to really understand how they're being fucked, because they have to drive for Uber and rent out their apartment on Airbnb and sleep outside.
2. Do not have money to donate to a "citizen's lobby" if there even were such a thing. Only the rich and rich corporations have the kind of cash necessary to lobby.
3. Have been thoroughly distracted with deliberately divisive crap about tranny bathrooms and made-up "unconscious racism" and #metoo so they don't even pay attention to the real issues, which are not even on the menu of acceptable topics presented by the MSM.
6   HowdyThere   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 10, 7:09pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

The original article is sponsored content. Katerra wants to solve the housing crisis by using their off-site construction model. The tech could be beneficial, but always worth considering the motivation behind the author.
7   Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 10, 8:56pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

HowdyThere says
The original article is sponsored content. Katerra wants to solve the housing crisis by using their off-site construction model. The tech could be beneficial, but always worth considering the motivation behind the author.


Good observation. Technology can reduce cost of construction by a certain number of dollars. In ultra high cost areas it will make little difference, because most of the cost is land and permitting. In San Jose the permit fees alone exceeds the national median price of homes.
How do you expect public employees in San Jose and California to retire in their own island if they can't charge ultra high fees for building permits that pay for their island.
Ridiculous government pensions is a major factor for the high cost of housing in the BA.
8   bob2356   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 10, 11:55pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Tenpoundbass says
Mature trees in 5 years


ROFLOL. Mature christmas trees maybe with some luck. Try 25-35 for loblolly or slash pine and 40-50 for longleaf. Never let reality interfere with a good fantasy.




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