“Consider smart building practices of course, but codes themselves only accidentally cross paths with smart building practices occasionally.”
-Forum Post at Permies.com
Waste Management Tip – DIY Septic
I have built several septic systems, all with NO permits, nor special tanks. I dig a hole about 10 feet by 4 feet, and 6 feet deep, pour a concrete floor, and build walls of concrete block. I put a wall 5 feet high dividing the tank into 2 parts. One part I stucco to water-proof it, the other I leave porous.
The waste enters the sealed side, and gradually spills over into the porous side, which has a 4 inch perforated exit pipe just underground to help distribute the overflow liquid. The whole tank is covered with a concrete slab (which is a parking area), with a 2 inch plastic pipe going up under a giant bush to admit air.
Oldest one, where (we live full time) is 24 years old and NEVER has been serviced. No odors.”
Super Insulated Windows
“The shrink film (e.g., Tedlar) is what I used for making my ‘super windows’ which are a pane of glass on the outside on each side and then multiple layers of the shrink film between them about 1/4″ to 1/2” apart. This provides a window that is clear and insulates well. My shrink film windows are over 15 years old, maybe 18 years now. I think it was 1992 or so I made them. The film has held up great, it is still stretched and clear. Being between the panes of glass it is protected. I very carefully sealed the framing to keep out insects and dust. I built the frames out of wood.”
Double or Triplewall Polycarbonate plastic windows are quite good also, additionally one can add the UV wrap panels to increase insulation. Also Polycarbonate will make virtually indestructible windows – for an impenetrable home (But could be difficult to escape from in an emergency so leave an easy way to open from inside) – Weakness: It can be sawed or melted quite easily but not broken via force or bullets.