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Green Your Home with our Building Books: 35% Off

Hammer? Check. Nails? Check. Straw bale? Cob? Natural paints? Passive solar? Deep Energy Retrofit? Increasingly, homeowners are integrating homes into the natural landscape, building with natural materials or boosting the energy efficiency of an older house as a way to tread lightly on the environment and live more comfortably.

Books for Green Builders: On Sale for 35% Off Until July 3rd

Before you put hammer to nail, we’ve put a selection of our keystone books on sale to inspire you to think about natural building methods for your next green building project. Happy reading (and building) from the folks at Chelsea Green Publishing!

The Greened House Effect: Renovating Your Home with a Deep Energy Retrofit

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Retail: $29.95
Discount: $19.47
The Greened House Effect is inspiring, empowering, informative, and entertaining. Jeff Wilson puts a human face on a technical undertaking by relating his family’s Deep Energy Retrofit (DER) story as an adventure drama—with defining moments, ‘learning experiences,’ and palpable joys—interspersed with solid advice about how to carry out one’s own DER. At the same time, Wilson views a single DER in the context of a growing movement that can positively impact our economy, environmental pollution, and national security. The Greened House Effect means a better life, for one family and for the world.”—Carol Venolia, architect, Come Home to Nature, and co-author, Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green Housed Read Ch 1: Why A Deep Energy Retrofit? HERE…. 

The Natural Building Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to Integrative Design and Construction

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Includes instructional DVD! Retail: $59.95 Discount: $38.97

The Natural Building Companion is a joy to read. The approach is holistic, the style is generous, and the authors gracefully balance technical details, beautiful spaces, and big ecological questions. This book empowers the reader to make choices that matter—for their own home and for the health of our planet.”—Paul Lacinski, coauthor of Serious Straw Bale 

Learn how to make paint from milk curds —  watch the video HERE…


Passive Solar Architecture: Heating, Cooling, Ventilation, Daylighting, and More Using Natural Flows

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Retail: $85.00 Discount: $55.25

“If you read just one book on sustainable building, choose Passive Solar Architecture. In this single-volume handbook, authors David A. Bainbridge and Ken Haggard use warmth and wit to give readers a thorough understanding of passive heating and cooling. In an overheated world, where buildings gobble up the biggest share of energy, this book should be required reading for contractors, architects, homeowners and anyone who cares about housing.” —Nicolette Toussaint, architectural designer


Natural Building Classics and Bestsellers

The Hand-Sculpted House Cover

Retail: $35.00 Sale: $22.75

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Build Your Own Earth Oven Cover

Retail: $17.95 Sale: $11.67

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The Straw Bale House Cover

Retail: $34.95 Sale: $22.72

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Natural Building Books: 35% Off Until July 3rd

A Handmade Life Cover

 Retail: $25.00 Sale: $16.25

Read More A Handmade Life

The Earth-Sheltered House Cover

Retail: $29.95 Sale: $19.47

Read More The Passive Solar House

The Woodland House Cover

Retail: $29.95 Sale: $19.47The Natural House Lot

The Solar House Cover

Retail: $29.95 Sale: $19.47

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The Passive Solar House Cover

Retail: $40.00 Sale: $26.00

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The Natural House Cover

Retail: $40.00 Sale: $26.00

The Natural House Lot

Masonry Heaters Cover

Retail: $39.95 Sale: $25.97

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The Book of Masonry Stoves Cover 

Retail: $35.00 Sale: $22.75

Read More What Then Must We Do?

Roundwood Timber Framing Cover

Retail: $39.95 Sale: $25.97

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Serious Straw Bale Cover

Retail: $34.95 Sale: $22.72

Read More Serious Straw Bale

Cob Builders Handbook Cover

Retail: $23.95 Sale: $15.57

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The Complete Yurt Handbook Cover

Retail: $21.95 Sale: $14.27

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Stone House Cover

Retail: $34.95 Sale: $22.72

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The Slate Roof Bible Cover

Retail: $34.95 Sale: $22.72

Read More The Slate Roof Bible

Adobe Homes for All Climates Cover

Retail: $34.95 Sale: $22.72

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Independent Builder Cover

Retail: $40.00 Sale: $26.00

Read More Independent Builder

Living Homes Cover

Retail: $30.00 Sale: $19.50

Read More Living Homes

Energy Free Cover

Retail: $25.00 Sale: $16.25

Read More Farms with a Future


Discount codes do not combine with other offers—our books already on sale for example. Free shipping for orders $100 or more is applied after the discount is applied.


The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse?

Could it be that the ongoing Greek collapse is a symptom of the more general collapse that the Limits to Growth model generates for the first two decades of the 21st century? Author Ugo Bardi (Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet) examines the correlation between what is unfolding between Greece […] Read More..

Permaculture Q&A: Mulching Options for Your Garden

As Permaculture Month continues, we are making our expert authors available to answer your burning permaculture questions. If you have a question to submit, fill out this form. This week, Lottie from Florida asked if there are other garden mulch options that are as effective as hay. Josh Trought, one of our soil building and garden management […] Read More..

Designing Your Own Solar Cooker & Dehydrator

In today’s world, nearly everything we use, from phones and computers to cars and kitchen appliances, requires energy derived from fossil fuels. Wouldn’t it be nice to offset some of that energy use by harnessing the renewable power of the sun? Josh Trought, founder of D Acres—an educational center in New Hampshire that researches, applies, […] Read More..

Building a Sustainable Community: The D Acres Model

If you were going to create a community-based homestead or farm from scratch, where would you start? What building materials would you use? What crops would you grow and what animals would you raise? How would you develop an organizational structure and connect with your community? And, how would you make sure all of this […] Read More..

A Man Apart: Remembering Bill Coperthwaite’s Radical Life

A Man Apart is the story—part family memoir and part biography—of Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow’s longtime friendship with Bill Coperthwaite (A Handmade Life), whose unusual, and even radical, life and fierce ideals helped them examine and understand their own. Framed by Coperthwaite’s sudden death and brought alive through the month-long adventure of building with […] Read More..