The Ecocenter of Research in Permaculture, Bioconstruction and Sustainability Raiz4, dedicated to the preservation and study of nature, clean energy and all its ecologically viable methods.
Everything we develop in Raiz4 has as main objective to create sustainability without causing any kind of negative ecological footprint that damages the abundance that Mother Nature puts at our disposal. Here we put into practice the learning of ancient people, we create new ideas and, above all, we study their effectiveness.
It is possible to do better for the planet and for ourselves, and if so, we want to do it!
Permaculture has three ethics that are based on the observation of ecology and its sustainable way of interaction and production as well as the behavior and life of traditional populations with Mother Nature, always working for her benefit. The ones who practice permaculture have the main function of creating soil and water storage, which are the main support of life.
1- Protect the soil
The Earth is a living entity that breathes. Without proper and sustainable care, there will be far-reaching consequences to much painful to be ignored. We must use the soil in a sustainable and non-abusive and unreasonable way.
2- Caring for people
People's needs must be satisfied in a compassionate and simple way so that the environmental sector that is involved around them thrives and continues for future generations.
3- Share surpluses
When a tree bears fruit or we harvest a crop, it usually produces much more than what we can eat. For this reason, it makes sense to share the excedent so that everyone can benefit from what the earth and the planet gives us.
Bioconstruction is the term used in constructions where ecological concern is present from its conception to its occupation.
At its origin, the bio-constructions use materials that do not harm the environment around them, and if possible, recycle local materials, taking advantage of waste and minimizing the use of raw materials removed from the environment. The entire project is focused on maximizing the resources available with the minimum environmental impact.
The treatment and reuse of waste material, rainwater storage, use of renewable and non-polluting energy sources, maximum use of natural lighting over artificial lighting are examples of concerns in the conception of this project.
Bioconstruction is not limited to the construction itself, since it can include materials to create furniture and biological agents to provide housing conditions (such as green roofs). The lifestyle proposed by the architecture in the different surroundings, generally uses the resources available in the field.
Sustainability can also be defined as the ability of humans to interact with the world, preserving the environment to not compromise the natural resources of future generations. The concept of sustainability is complex because it meets a set of interdependent variables, but we can say that it must have the hability to integrate social, energy, economic and environmental issues.
It’s fundamental to respect the human being, so that he can respect nature. And from the human point of view, he is the most important part of the environment.
Without energy the economy does not develop and if the economy does not develop, the living conditions of the populations deteriorate.
With a decayed environment, human beings shorten their lifetime, the economy does not develop and the future is unbearable.
For a human enterprise to be considered sustainable, it must be: