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Old 27th September 2011, 11:09   #46
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You might want to consider a VermiComposting pit.

All the steps are available here:
ERF - VERMICOMPOSTING USING LOCAL VARIETIES OF EARTHWORMS

You can use locally and easily available items.

Disclaimer: Dr. SULTAN AHMED ISMAIL, M.Sc., Ph.D., D, Sc, Soil biologist and ecologist is my Uncle.
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@bblost, yes, from what i hear, vermicompost pit is now in any case mandatory in Pune.

A good discussion on earthworm, which was broadcast on the NDTV Hindu.
Sultan Ismail talks about vermi-composting and garbage management.





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Old 27th September 2011, 17:42   #47
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You can also look into Fenesta UPVC windows. No usage of wood. Works like dream. I have it in my house (Wooden look like finish).

Bricks from Weinerberger are very good.

For the floors, use laminated wooden flooring or Vitrified flooring.

Most importantly, plan ... plan ... plan ... electrical, plumbing and sanitary, furniture layout before you start. It is the single most important issue that will save time, money and nature.

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You can also look into Fenesta UPVC windows. No usage of wood. Works like dream. I have it in my house (Wooden look like finish).


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Excellent , how is the cost compared to wooden windows ?
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Old 31st October 2011, 19:49   #49
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Excellent , how is the cost compared to wooden windows ?
IIRC, its about Rs.550=00 per sft (at site installation) . . .

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Came across this info in the newspaper. Might be useful for people constructing a green house.
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You can also look into Fenesta UPVC windows. No usage of wood. Works like dream. I have it in my house (Wooden look like finish).

Bricks from Weinerberger are very good.

For the floors, use laminated wooden flooring or Vitrified flooring.

Most importantly, plan ... plan ... plan ... electrical, plumbing and sanitary, furniture layout before you start. It is the single most important issue that will save time, money and nature.

My two cents.

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Hi Harshwardhan
I am plannign UPVC windows, for my house. How is the total response from Fenesta regading quality,installation and service. If you are happy with your point of contact fro fenesta can u share ?
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Hi Harshwardhan
I am plannign UPVC windows, for my house. How is the total response from Fenesta regading quality,installation and service. If you are happy with your point of contact fro fenesta can u share ?
I would be careful with synthetic material for doors and windows. Call me old fashioned. The disadvantages are
. Fire hazard, especially the fumes emitted
. Can be a safety hazard as the doors/windows are easier to cut compared to wood/metal
. The synthetic material will decay with time, irrespective of what they claim

If you do not want to use wood to create your doors/windows from scratch, laminated ply/block wood doors assembled from ply and waste wood under extreme high pressure are an excellent choice. They have all the plus points of wood with none of the disadvantages, namely
- water proof - hence maintain dimensional stability in all seasons
- insect proof - no need to be cautious of termites
- if properly manufactured with chemical impregnation, they are fire retardant
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Hello Sandy,

Did you source these tiles in Bangalore
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Get on this website about vernacular architecture - just google it.
It is a very interesting concept which involves usage of environmentally friendly locally available materials for construction.
Interesting stuff.
Im looking at it too, seriously, for our home...
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