The Blind Man Needs Your Help!
All of us have dreams, some more aspiring than others, but this domes’t really make a massive difference, as fulfilling them is often an infinite source of happiness for the person.
Help Make The Blind Man’s Green Dream Come True!
Donald Bosso was born back in 1963 with a rare eye disorder known by the name of Choroideremia. He is originally from Connecticut, lived in Amherst, Massachusetts for around 20 years and then moved to Nevada where he has resided for the last 10 years. There he, his spouse of 22 years and their dogs have lived while he worked for MGM Resorts International Operation and hoped one day his green dream would come true. He has been working for MGM Resorts International Operations since May 18th, 2007, after he attended a hospitality training program taught by the Buffalo New York Statler Center which was held at the Blind Center of Nevada.
Like many others from all around the world, Donald also has a dream. For 30 years, he has dreamed of being able to own his own sustainable LEED certified green home, a long time before people actually thought about sustainable energy, leaving small carbon footprints and green living.
Donald believes that building Green & Sustainable represent the futures for homes, but also the solution needed in order to keep our planet safe and pollution free.
Ideally he would like to live in a house which is Geodesic in shape allowing the desert winds to pass over unobstructed and be around 800 Sq.’ in size that would be either prefabricated or actually built on the site. His dream home would minimal windows on the NS side, while having a long overhanging roof on the SW side that would keep the bright summer light out of the house, while also keeping heat in the home during winter, thus providing a stable home temperature for all the year round.
People say that dreams come true, so perhaps you may be one of the persons to help Donald achieve his.
About His Green Dream Home: His ideal green desert dream home would be a modern take on the small plantation homes of Hawaii where his partner of 22 years is from that have wrap around overhangs covering wrap around porches leaving the surrounding land untouched or lightly landscaped with indigenous plant materials helping to cool the home both visually by reducing light reflectivity and cooling the outer area of the home naturally though leaf & root evaporation. Bear in mind these features are conceptual as he is not an engineer or architect.
- The Land: The land would need to have an open SW area unobstructed by other buildings or non deciduous trees to allow Winter sun to penetrate and warm the home naturally.
The Softscape: Deciduous trees would be planted on the SW side of the home to add shade in the Summer naturally cooling the homes exterior from the harsh desert Summer sun and drop their leaves in the Fall allowing sun to naturally heat up the thermal mass of the home. The fallen leave would be added to a compost pile to breakdown during the winter to be used as natural fertilizer in the Spring & Summer.
The Foundation: A thick insulated thermal mass foundation would be poured to absorb the Winter Solar Rays and passively heat the home and to be cool to the touch in the Summer months when shaded from the sun.
The Exterior & Interior Walls: He would like either an I.C.E. Block is SIP wall system to be used. The doors would be insulated and have an airlock entrance to prevent the Warm interior air from escaping in the Winter and the Cool air from escaping in the Summer.
Windows & Doors: The windows would either be of glass block or triple glazed to prevent heat/cold loss depending on season.
The Roof: He would use a Raised Heel Truss instead of conventional trusses. The raised heel truss uses a vertical member added to the roof truss to raise the top cord at the eave. This allows us to install full depth insulation across the entire ceiling/attic. Which in turn, improves the overall energy efficiency of the home mounted on the SIP’s or I.C.E. Blocks. A lifetime standing seam roof would be added which would not need to be replaced in the time that I live. This would also allow for a larger overhanging roof which would provide extra shade to the sunny sides of the home in the Summer when the sun is at a higher angle but allow sun penetration during the Winter when it is at a lower angle.
Natural Heating: A large greenhouse would be mounted over the thermal mass to grow fruits and vegetables year round and insulated French doors added to separate the greenhouse from the main living space for use in the Summer Months when heating is not required. Shade cloth would be mounted over the greenhouse in the Summer.
Water Capture and Reuse: The main Heel Trussed roof would have a water capture system connected to a cistern for water conservation. Being that the roof would be standing seam copper, the rain would run straight down into gutters where it would be channeled into storage tanks to be used to water interior plants.
Natural Outdoor Cooling: cooling the area surrounding the home is called Transpiration. When water vapor is transpired from leaves into the atmosphere, the plant and surrounding air is cooled down. When sitting in the shade of trees the air temperature can be 5 degrees centigrade cooler than in the sun. The shade of the tree will cool you down and transpiration cooling will lower the air temperature even further. Organic materials can be added to the soid to help retain moisture and transpiration.
The Floors: Insect resistant cork and bamboo would be used throughout the house along with tile which would also reduce allergens/
Indoor Air Purification & Pest Control: All rooms would have built-in planters for air purifying plants and those that emit a fragrance pleasant to humans but not so to insects. The planters in the greenhouse would too be used fro air purification as well as, growing food crops year round.
Mechanicals & Plumbing: Mechanicals & plumbing would be centralized so that HVAC, Kitchen, Bathroom and laundry rooms would radiate from the mechanical room which would house all plumbing, Air-to-air heat/cool exchanger, solar electric generation monitoring station, filters and so on. Domestic solar hot water tank and water capturing system tanks would be mounded underground. A whole house water filtration system would be installed and connected to an alkaline water filtration system. A tankless water heater would provide domesticic hot water and be amended by a low maintenance rooftop water heating panel system fed into insulated tanks. Solar panels would line the peak of the homes roof to provide domesticic electricity and run the small whole house Central Air system.
All rooms in the house would have built-in planter boxes with air cleaning plants installed in them reducing the need to change the homes air filtration system built into the whole house central air unit. The filters would be washable.
To reduce toxicity from cleaning products in the home only green cleaning products and natural persona hygiene products would be used. The floors would all be tiled to reduce allergens buildup in carpets.
A solar powered automatically rotating compost barrel would be erected to compost waste plant and food materials.