A Home for Sensible Homes

I am a pioneer designer and builder of passive solar, super-insulated, healthy and affordable homes, an instructor in sustainable design and construction, a specialist in hygro-thermal engineering based on the universal laws of thermodynamics, and a philosopher of authentically green design in harmony with the natural world.

On this site, you will find a ten-part essay series called

Riversong’s Radical Reflections On Shelter

  1. Context – land, community & ecology
  2. Design – elegant simplicity, the Golden Mean
  3. Materials – the Macrobiotics of building: natural, healthy and durable
  4. Methods – criteria for appropriate technology
  5. Foundations – from the ground up
  6. Envelope – our third skin
  7. HVAC – maintaining comfort, health and homeostasis
  8. Energy & Exergy – sources and sinks
  9. Hygro-Thermal – the alchemy of mass & energy flow
  10. Capping it All Off – hat &  boots and a good sturdy coat

  by Robert Riversong: may be reproduced only with attribution for non-commercial purposes

I offer design and consulting services and can be reached at HouseWright (at) Ponds-Edge (dot) net.

Some of my work can be seen at:




My other blogs are:

Turning the Tide – Shifting the Paradigm of Human Culture

aVERT – a Vertical Emergency Response Training


Seeking Home in Exchange for Design/Build Assistance

As is evident from perusing my building philosophy, I am committed to living lightly on the earth. For me, this has also meant living at a near-subsistence level and without much in financial resources or legal ownership of the earth under my feet. As I move past my sixth decade of life, I find myself seeking a place to create my final home amongst like-minded souls somewhere in the beauty of nature and within the conviviality of shared community. Ideally, that would be here in the Northeast, but I am open to other regions as well.

I wish for a small cabin and workshop or a place where I could build them in return for sharing my wealth of skills, experience and knowledge. In traditional cultures, I would now be considered an “elder” and be granted such accommodations in reciprocity for the sharing of my wisdom.

Who I am can be gleaned, in part, from this link to another of my blogsites. My expertise and skills include design and construction; electrical, plumbing and heating systems; machining and welding; auto mechanics; and timber harvesting – as well as writing, editing and teaching, both theoretical and practical subjects, and technical rigging and wilderness rescue and medicine.

Though I have been thinning out my material baggage for some years now, I still possess two covered trailers full of tools and supplies, a flatbed landscape-style trailer, and a 20′ steel shipping container that holds my books, paper files, and other tools, equipment and building supplies. If I don’t sell them before hand, I also have a 10k gasoline generator and a wood-fired hot tub. I would need to move all these and have a place to park them.

Though I have never been one to rely on or trust “cyber space” as a substitute for real human interaction, if any of the readers of this site are moved to consider my offer of reciprocal exchange, please contact me at HouseWright (at) Ponds-Edge (dot) net.

In gratitude,
Robert Riversong

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