I am very thankful to the Lord for my family and that I live in a land that allows us to dream and pursue our dreams. At GoodCastle we have several focuses that are at the forefront of this season of preparation and change. Some of these focuses are: exploring and learning to utilize redundant power sources for everyday living in an “off-grid” scenario, learning about water extraction and purification technologies with large capacity storage capabilities, employing alternate communications systems when smart phones fail, and of course our primary focus of incorporating specialized housing for multiple uses to serve the poor, disaster relief housing, military uses, medical uses, and numerous other uses in the private sector. To avoid internet piracy many of our housing concepts are not put on this website, so if you are truly interested in learning more about what we do please email me directly at email@example.com.
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“The oil slicks are hard to clear up, and their impact on the diversity of sea species will be permanent…”
The quote above is from an article written about a year or so ago and can be read in full at: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2009-06/22/content_8309928.htm
I think the part about “will be permanent”, though painful, is a very straight forward and honest statement. Unfortunately in my opinion we have heard little truth from the cocky and extremely wealthy BP (British Petroleum) since the deep sea gusher from one of their rigs began polluting the Gulf of Mexico some 78 days ago but I believe the truth of the Chinese article noted is relative and applies to our BP problem as well. It’s really hard to go fishing with this can of worms we have been handed.
I personally think most Americans are so numb from the shock of this oily catastrophe we don’t yet know what to think or even what questions to ask about the disasterous fallout that is yet to be revealed.
What is America going to look like on the Gulf coast in 2, 5, 10, 20 years from now?
Will “crude oil poisoning” permeate the rain and turn this plush coastline into desert many miles inland?
What about the sealife and regional jobs that are permenantly lost?
First things first…let’s pray they plug the leak soon and we discover technologies that will clean up this tragedy.
Secondly, I want to hear your feedback. What are your opinions on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the future of the Gulf?
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Categories : Disaster Relief
Most Americans, me included, are so spoiled with convenience in everything, including plentiful food and drink and lush living quarters (in many cases), that healthy lifestyle changes are hard to adapt to. Even most of those who are considered the “poor” in America have a roof over their head, a bathroom, and a hot shower waiting for them. So why would anyone want to change?
In the early 1970s, Joni Mitchell wrote these infamous lyrics while she was visiting Hawaii as she looked at the beautiful green mountains far off in the distance from her hotel room but then glanced down below her balcony and saw a group of men clearing the property to install a parking lot. Here is one line of the poignant song she wrote that day:
“Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, they paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”
It is my belief that it is time for all people living on planet Earth to embrace change that will help the planet while it is still somewhat our choice. When is change right and what changes are wise and beneficial? Well obviously we are all very different people and live in very different places all around this great big world, but there are factors around us that most of us have in common, some of which are:
- rising electricity costs for home and work
- rising gasoline and diesel costs for our cars and trucks
- natural gas costs for home heating and cooking
- water cleanliness and availability
…and the list can go on and on. But what if collectively we all became more conscious of our environment and recognized opportunities that we personally could embrace that would save us money and also help the planet at the same time? Will it take major grid failure in America before we consider solar energy and/or wind energy as a back up or primary energy system for our own homes? Will it take a drought before we think about watering our yards less or consider having a rainwater harvesting system installed?
It is time for everyone to embrace being good stewards of our planet and the natural resources we enjoy. Living “GREEN” is a healthy lifestyle choice with many positive benefits, not a penalty lifestyle for bad habits of yesteryear… at least not yet.
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Categories : Off-Grid Living
If you live in a tornado zone (like I do), you may possibly recall a time in the not-too-distant past where it “seemed” like trailer home communities were often hit and sometimes even destroyed by a tornado more often than other communities. To me, it really seemed like trailer homes were tornado magnets/nature’s obvious natural choice for targeting and destruction. I jest, but I do realize that most homes are in real danger when a tornado comes and reaps havoc through a community.
So what kind of home construction type will give you a fighting chance when the dangerous weather shows up at your doorstep? People seem to evolve to the notion that a trailer home is just like a shipping container because they are both generally shaped like a long rectangular box…but this verdict is a major error because the first one is a house of straw in comparison to the second one - a fortress of steel, able to carry around 900,000 lbs. on its top, all the while itself being carried on a moving ship on the high seas.
In defense of the trailer home industry (just a little), they have become somewhat more attractive over the years and offer many nice amenities, considering they are factory-built homes. However, they are still made of very inexpensive materials.
Where you live and what kind of natural disasters occur in your neck of the woods should be an upfront thought when thinking of purchasing a home of any type. Utilizing recycled shipping containers to build a home is a relatively new concept in housing, but the comparison of it to a trailer home is quickly dismissed once you understand the shear strength of the shipping containers. Perhaps the more realistic comparison should be parlayed against the conventional brick and mortar home. Sound silly? Why? I believe difficult financial times have many people searching for new options of where and how to live. Are you ready to lower your house and utility bills and have a safer place to live? If you could justify the change in terms of dollars… would you make the leap?
Consider this conceptual drawing of a shipping container house where the front curb look would fit into any middle class conventional neighborhood:
This conceptual house sketch is a view of the left hand and backyard side. It employs (6) 40′ long shipping containers, without most of the doors and windows drawn in on purpose to express the curb appeal and other attributes. When an external shell such as brick, stucco, or stone is added, these welded together containers become transformed into a beautiful structure with modern “Green” amenities like solar energy for electricity, a 2nd story balcony for leisure moments, and a structure that is welded to a concrete slab that offers more protection for your family than anyone else on the block.
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Categories : Floor Plans, Off-Grid Living
Serious about saving the environment? What about living in a GREEN Home made from recycled shipping containers?28 04 2010
Some advantages are:
- Superior structural strength
- Occupant survivability rate higher in severe weather
- Earthquake resilient
- 1/4 to 1/3 cheaper than conventional
- Container construction is easy to modify and add on to
So what kinds of people are thinking about ways to save big bucks by embracing Green Living and being Environmentally Conscious and Responsible?
Hmmm… I think you’ll be surprised…
All age groups are looking for new ways to live safely, eco-friendly, and saving money on utility bills.
So how do you get started? Here are some tips:
- Evaluate where you live now and write down all the things you like and don’t like.
- Make a general sketch of how you would like your next home to be arranged.
- Ask questions…lots of them.
- Position plumbing close together where possible for savings on water heating and water conservation.
Utilize as many solar panels as possible if you live in a sunny climate. Free electricity!!!
- Consider wind energy if you are living in a windy climate. Free electricity!!!
- Consider rainwater harvesting too.Contact us for Free Consultation to get started in the process to GREEN LIVING!
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Categories : Shipping Containers
In disaster relief, there is often an immediate need for all sorts of structural infrastructure to be put in place so a society can get on with life. There are also applications for some of these same buildings that can be used very functionally in a non-disaster zone, for example:
Here is a sample of floor plans of infrastructure units we market:
Some of the infrastructure units pictured above can function off-grid. Some of the housing units we offer utilizing solar and wind energy for basic electrical needs in terms of lighting and small appliance use.
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