Permaculture & Sustainable Building

Permaculture is a design system based on ethics and principles which can be used to establishing, designing, managing and improving efforts made by individuals, families and communities for a future beyond sustainability.

David Holmgren

Permaculture (the word, coined by Bill Mollison, is a portmanteau of permanent agriculture and permanent culture) is a movement begun in the 1970’s in different parts of the world. What the names says: The practice of agriculture must be – against the progressive industrialization of the countryside – permanent, because any culture that does not maintain an equilibrated relationship with mother Earth is not sustainable. Permaculture is inspired by ancient traditions all over the world for land management, food production and housing construction.

Permaculture’s methodology emerges from the analysis of natural hydrographic systems in the landscape to procure adequate provision and storage of water (hydrological design). Certainly, knowing the foundations of hydrological design is important to the necessary conditions of a fertile and well-structured soil as it is the basis for a prosper food and agricultural inputs production.   

Sustainable and green building gather multiple ways to establishing housing, building and shelter systems under the common denominator of utilization of natural, recycled or low environmental impact materials.

All these components are part of the permaculture system as they assume the inminent situation of the end of economic fossil fuels, the alarming global environmental crisis and climate change.

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