Archive for May 12th, 2011

Taking advantage of natural resources

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Just in front of the Catedral Metropolitana in the next days you will find the model of a house that makes better use of natural energy resources.

Admission is free, the place is small but part of the proposed project is also the optimization of space; every half hour an expert show you how it works, real tips that can apply to your home and the advantages of these technologies in a country such as Guatemala.

The visit proved to be very interesting, highly recommended for all creative people. Please do not forget to comment on the efforts and achievements that occur in your country with the integration of natural resources at home.

A thatch roof

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Thatch roofs are very nice and in the hottest of days, they do help in providing a very refreshing shelter. The ancient Maya of Petén of the lowlands (Petén, Belize and Southern Mexico) used the Guano palm (Sabal morrisliana) a lot for roofs and possibly for other stuff. It is still used today by plenty of people.

But if you end up living in Petén and if you want your Guano thatch roof make sure that the person/entity you are buying it from has the proper harvest and transportation licenses. These kinds of licenses are only given by CONAP (Consejo Nacional de Áreas Protegidas – National Council for Protected Areas)

And, just fyi, make sure that the people building the thatch roof do know how to build it properly, because there are specific angles to consider as well as some other details. Should you not hire the right people, then the roof can rot in less than a year! You really want such an investment to last as much as possible, right?