Sustainable building construction and environmentally considerate living are at the forefront of the changes we are being encouraged to embrace into our lifestyle, and increasingly inspired by climate change precautions. Well, there is nothing new in that. It is as ancient as traditional Feng Shui, a name first found in existing texts that date back some 2000 years. However archeological evidence of its practice can be traced further back to the mid-neolithic era when arable and livestock farming communities with permanent village settlements first became established in China around 6000 BC, a transition facilitated by the global climate warming that followed the last ice age.
During that prehistoric early agricultural period, people lived in constant touch with the spirit of the natural environment. Like other ancient settlements found worldwide, Chinese dwellings were built using sustainable natural materials, mostly stones, mud, reeds, leaves and wood, that could either be returned to the ground from whence they originated or recycled to construct new dwellings, a practice that lasted through millennia until being replaced by the advancement of modern living.