Minimum Size Home Building Standards and Laws – The Legalization of Smaller Living

Effective Living > Housing > Small House Society Summary. As more people pursue simplicity and minimalism, the demand for smaller living spaces is on the rise. The shrinking and convergence of technology make it possible to live comfortably and abundantly in smaller spaces. The Movement. Jay Shafer is amassing a grass-roots campaign of thousands of people to request the legalization of simpler and smaller living. Jay’s Wee Shall Overcome message is is expanded upon in a proposal to amend the International Residential Code to allow for smaller homes. Video. In this video, Gregory Johnson discusses the problem with antiquated laws that set minimum size standards. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestTumblrGoogleMorePocketRedditPrintEmailLike this:Like...

How to Build a Small Mobile Dwelling or Greenhouse

Effective Living > Housing Summary. Below is a nice video tour by Derek Diedricksen of Relaxshacks.com showing a tiny single person camping sleeper dwelling. You can learn how to build this by purchasing his book (available on his website). The book is nicely illustrated and features many designs and examples. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestTumblrGoogleMorePocketRedditPrintEmailLike this:Like...

Continental Magazine – Idea of the Moment: The Next Little Thing

Effective Living > Housing > Small Living Summary. The June 2009 issue of Continental Magazine has as their Idea of the Moment feature article the story The Next Little Thing by Joe Bargmann. Below is an excerpt from the full article. Johnson is a leading figure in the micro-housing movement. He’s a co-founder of the Small House Society (SHS) and the Small Living Journal (smalllivingjournal.com), a Web site that launched in March, as well as the author of Put Your Life on a Diet: Lessons Learned from Living in 140 Square Feet. Other co-founders of the SHS include Jay Shafer, owner of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, which sells plans and materials for dwellings measuring between 65 and 837 square feet, and Shay Salomon and Nigel Valdez, who created the influential book Little House on a Small Planet. The micro-housing trend, once decidedly on the fringes, has hit the mainstream, in part because of the economic downturn. People are looking for ways to live more efficiently, whether that means lowering their utility bills or spending less time vacuuming – just two of the advantages of living in a smaller house. Johnson is a leading figure in the micro-housing movement. He’s a co-founder of the Small House Society (SHS) and the Small Living Journal (smalllivingjournal.com), a Web site that launched in March, as well as the author of Put Your Life on a Diet: Lessons Learned from Living in 140 Square Feet. Other co-founders of the SHS include Jay Shafer, owner of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, which sells plans and materials for dwellings measuring between 65 and 837 square feet, and...

Small Car Society Report on the Financial Decline of General Motors, Ford, and Large Vehicle Manufacturers

Activism > Small Car Society Summary. Over the past ten to fifteen years, consumers have loudly spoken by purchasing smaller more efficient cars. During that same time period, numerous reports, studies, focus groups, and research projects all provided the same conclusive and incontrovertible advice: small cars are the wave of the future. This is a Small Car Society report on the decline of large vehicle manufacturers. Good Policy. Companies like Honda and Toyota listened to consumers and responded to the needs and demands of the marketplace as well as the needs of our environment. Poor Policy. Companies like For and General Motors were generally less responsive to the needs and demands of consumers and the environment. Predictable Outcome. As a result, not surprisingly Honda and Toyota have done well financially while Ford and General Motors continue to be declining. Correction Needed. This kind of behavior pattern among some automotive companies, of ignoring consumers and the environment, is not something a quick bailout will fix. For example, if an obese person has liposuction to remove fat, and then goes back to the same pattern of consumption and habits of inactivity, that person will be back in trouble again in a short period of time unless their behavior is corrected. Strong Sell Recommendation. The Financial Resource Group in cooperation with the Small Car Society has issued a strong sell recommendation for any stocks even remotely involved in large vehicle production. Owners of larger vehicles should consider selling their vehicles as soon as possible before the bottom drops out of the market and the selling price declines sharply. According to Small Car...

Small Car Society – Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | 5 June 2009 ResourcesForLife.com Launches the Small Car Society Iowa City, Iowa |12:18 PM Summary. ResourcesForLife.com announced the launch of the Small Car Society. After decades in development, the unveiling of the Small Car Society comes at a time when thse use of small cars is on the rise as people are seeking ways to save money and save the planet. “Small cars represent one of the fastest growing segments in both the U.S. and around the world.” GM President and CEO Fritz Henderson [Source|Print] The Small Car Society is best known for their Parking Ticket Relief Program. Members of the organization voluntarily pay parking meters and parking tickets for small car drivers. The program is part of an initiative lobby local city governments to allow free parking for smaller cars. For more information, visit www.SmallCarSociety.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestTumblrGoogleMorePocketRedditPrintEmailLike this:Like...
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