Appropriate Building Techniques
Anyone who has been reading here for a while understands that typical building techniques and materials here are very different than what they might expect in find in, for example, the U.S. or Canada. Much of that has been discussed and maybe we need a "book" on construction techniques. But, I have realized that beyond those differences, what you might call alternative building needs to be different as well.
I have the Earthship series of books, one of natural buildings, some on using solar energy and more. Some idea translate fine but pretty much anything that depends on the angle of the sun don't work. For example, a typical technique to passively heat your house in the US during cold months is to have a lot of glass facing south with an overhang that will reduce summer sun. That won't work here.
Another issue is how some solar water heaters depend on thermosiphon principles to achieve water flow. A typical design, tilted to work here will not work.
Finally, what are inexpensive or recycled materials that are available in Nicaragua are different. Also, with lower labor costs, a more labor-intensive approach may well cost a lot less due to lower materials costs.
My question here is "what should we do"? That is, should we start a book (that is really a set of pages) to talk about this, or ??? What sort of interest would there be in exploring this?
For me, I would like to see us develop these ideas and then translate them into Spanish so that locals could benefit.