Catherine Mohr builds green

In a short, funny, data-packed talk at TED U, Catherine Mohr walks through all the geeky decisions she made when building a green new house — looking at real energy numbers, not hype. What choices matter most? Not the ones you think.

Catherine Mohr works on surgical robots and robotic surgical procedures, using robots to make surgery safer — and to go places where human wrists and eyes simply can’t.

Creative homes out of recycled and reclaimed materials

by Dan Phillips

In this funny and insightful talk from TEDxHouston, builder Dan Phillips tours us through a dozen homes he’s built in Texas using recycled and reclaimed materials in wildly creative ways. Brilliant, low-tech design details will refresh your own creative drive.

Dan Phillips builds homes out of recycled and reclaimed materials in Huntsville, Texas.

Right to the Point


Never cut wood shingles to a point!

It is extremely difficult to do without breaking the shingle, it will tend to split along the grain at the point. If you can do it, they will not stand the test of time, and the points will eventually fall off with the normal expansion and contraction of the wood.

Always use a cover trim piece, same as you would do for a rake freeze.