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21 July 2009 @ 07:41 am
Apparantly I'm still the go-to-guy...  
And the news is spreading fast ;-)

I was woken the morning by someone making a racket underneath my window (which is above our front door). It was the neighbours, the ones that have only recently moved in. Their power cut out and for some reason they were under the impression that I could do something about it ;-) Fortunately, our power wasn't out as well so I told them to head a couple doors further down to where H lives. He is sort of in charge (not really), but he is always the go to guy when something goes wrong with any of that stuff. Like with the rain collection tanks that supply water for the toilets, so I figured he might know what to do. Or at least know whom to give a call. (We live in this environmentally friendly housing development with solar panels on the roofs and all that.)

So what am I going to do with the whole morning? It's frightfully early, but the building workers across the street have already started so there is no going back to sleep now. I could watch some TV or maybe do some video editing for future uploads before I hit the books. No work again today, something about a class trip on which I'm fortunately not needed.
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likesthequietlikesthequiet on July 21st, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)
Your housing development sounds AMAZING! That's how all houses should be. Would you be able to do a good points/bad points post about it at some point? I'm really interested in this kind of thing!

Don't worry if you don't have time/can't be bothered, I completely understand!

Enjoy your day! :)
Illmanillman on July 22nd, 2009 08:52 am (UTC)
Not sure if I can manage a good/bad points list about it, but I can tell you some more, if you are interested. I tried to find an article on the web about the housing project, but they are all in German. So I guess I will have to write about it myself. It's a group of 11 row-houses sitting on a small piece of land that is owned by the community (meaning the owners of the houses). On the community land is a playground, a 'Backhaus' (can't find an English word for it, it's a stone oven outside where everyone from the community can make a fire and bake their own bread and a little sitting area with chairs and tables with a roof over it. Rain water is collected for the toilets and solar panels on the south side of the roof supply power for water heating. The houses themselves are built to be energy-efficient and done with eco friendly paint and things like that. That's all pretty nice so far ;-) As for the downsides: over the years, the community has somewhat fallen apart: there is quite a bit of arguement over things like energy costs and water usages, as they are measured for the whole community and everyone pays an equal share or over the upkeep of the community land and areas. Things like that work much better in theory than in real life :-/

I found some pics of the project here: http://www.architekt-dauner.de/Archiv/Wohnen/Wohnbebauung_Schopflenberg/wohnbebauung_schopflenberg.html

BTW, that bright orange van you can see in one of the pictures, that is ours ;-)