Renewables Research & Policy Institute
A Strategic Integrated Streamlined Plan; Production of Food & Energy

[THE HOUSE; SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT PLANNING]
December 25, 2011

Strategic management and resource conservation are the most important approaches to all sustainability engineering. Such project, as is describe herein, requires a keen expert combination of able strategic management and adept project management. Waste of time and money resource is a huge consideration for any type of engineered system project. Simulated Eco System (SES) facilities are even more expensive when strategic approaches are not employed. Resource conservation in simulated ecosystems engineering design is a primary concern. Engineering involves designing facilities with combined systems of land, energy, water and captive animal life. A great amount of detail and effort should be employed to programming the facility’s combined system for sustainably smooth, uninterrupted and symbiotic operations. Programming costs of 25% or more of all resources can be anticipated to be allotted to the programming phase for SES installations. The Renewables Research & Policy Institute (RRPI) herein documents its chosen systematic approach to a sustainable aquaponics insert within a community’s strategic plan. It outlines the steps and requirements to accomplish the task of projecting from concept through the design phase. Additional sets of recommendations for the implementation and operation strategies of systems are also acquirable through RRPI.

Background

Aquaponics (agriculture) is the functional simulation of an ecosystem for products. Maximized organic production is available as a result. It hails from ancient indigenous agricultural methods such as the Chinampas in ancient Mexico as well as other Asian and African indigenes. It combines aquaculture (marine animal cultivation) with hydroponics (water and soilless media agriculture is sometimes referred to as Aquiculture) in a re-circulating, sustainable, preferably organic environment.
In aquaponics the yields are higher, the labor is less intense and the quantities of resources used are scaled back by 7/10th – 9/10th of conventional animal or plant farming. Technical complexities inherent in hydroponic agriculture (hydro farming), e. g the requirement for precise quantities of nutrients (macro and micro) is found to be less stringent. Likewise, hydro farm complications that exist due to the low tolerance of aquatic marine species for waste related nitrogenous compounds are a lesser concern; with the balanced aquaponics ecosystem that is. Pestilence such as the root rot fungus is near nonexistent as is a pronounced reduction in episodes of the indoor gardener’s bain-the spider mite. Such desirable sustainability traits have enabled resurgence in greenhouse farming (commercial aquaponics utility) nowadays to the tune of millions of dollars. Different from both hydroponics and fish farming by its closer representation of a natural system, simulated eco systems still are social (engineered) systems that require consistent attention albeit less intensive than either hydroponic or aquaculture agricultural methodologies.
Simulated ecosystem farming is honed for conservation; representing a more conserving system from water, energy, soil, nutrients, testing and space considerations. It may thereby conserve commercial investment and leverage assets provided a sound methodology is applied to planning, design and implementation. This applies equally to a range and combination of desired project outcomes – such as commercial/educational, tourism/public/private, community/governmental.
Aquaponics has a much more direct route to organics than fish farming, hydroponics or conventional land agriculture – feed the animals (fish, shrimp, worms etc) organically and pronto…liquid organics all the way.
RRPI, in its work with the Community Tables cooperatives, proposes the establishment of distinct and unique identifiers for aquaponics organics.
From the labor perspective aquaponics farming provides more jobs at a higher expertise level while requiring less labor intensitivity. Designs can conveniently have beds standing or sitting height for the minimal human intrusion required.
The Renewables Research and Policy Institute, though a conventional organic farmer‘s advocate, takes a special bias to Simulated Ecosystem Agriculture (SEA). RRPI utilizes aquaponics as its design tool for environmental education programs. SRA presents the nexus of social and natural systems hence the keenest intersection for introducing the environmental concepts required to create and maintain a balanced human interface with nature; the overlying concept in sustainability.

Introduction

This systematic method of developing a sustainable energy powered aquaponics investment concept creates the link for the pertinent architectural, planning and engineering entities (************) to communicate, through excellent documentation and dissemination of project and project development information to all other project entities in a systematic way that retains integrity and trueness to the original concept.

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