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ISBN: 9781603583398
Year Added to Catalog: 2011
Book Format: Paperback + DVD
Book Art: Full-color Throughout
Dimensions: 8 x 10
Number of Pages: 448
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Web Product ID: 644

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The Natural Building Companion

A Comprehensive Guide to Integrative Design and Construction

by Jacob Deva Racusin, Ace McArleton

Table of Contents

Introduction

PART I: THE CONTEXT FOR NATURAL BUILDING

Chapter 1: A Brief History of Natural Building in the Northeast, Learning from History, Mainstream Building Materials Today

Chapter 2: Ecology, Global Warming and Climate Change, Addressing Challenges of Toxicity, Moving Forward Chapter 3: Beyond the Building: Siting and Landscape Design, Fundamentals of Siting, Natural Building and Permaculture

Chapter 4: Soil and Stone: Geology and Mineralogy, Geology, Mineralology: Minerals, Sand, Clay, and Soil; Geology and the Northeast

Chapter 5: Flora and Fauna, Plants, Animals and Animal Products

PART II: BUILDING SCIENCE AND PERFORMANCE

Chapter 6: Structure and Natural Building, Straw Bale Wall: Non-Load Bearing, Straw Bale Wall: Load Bearing, Mass Walls: Load Bearing, Know What You Don't Know

Chapter 7: Heat and Natural Building, Thermal Performance Strategies for Natural Buildings, Field Testing of Natural Buildings, Common Heat Loss Conditions in Natural Buildings, Beyond the R-Value, The Power of Mass

Chapter 8: Moisture and Natural Building, Moisture Performance Strategies for Natural Buildings, Moisture Control Strategy, Smarter Buildings

Chapter 9: Fire, Insects, and Acoustics, Fire and Natural Buildings, Insects and Natural Buildings, Acoustics and Natural Buildings

PART III: NATURAL BUILDING PRACTICES

Chapter 10: Design, Holistic Design System, Values-Based Design, Integrative Design--Best of All Worlds, Design Modalities, Design Rating Systems

Chapter 11: Before Construction, Budgeting and Finances, Assessing Resources, Codes, Permitting, and Insurance

Chapter 12: Foundations for Natural Buildings, Functions of Foundations, Key Considerations of a Foundation System, Types of Foundation Systems

Chapter 13: Framing for Natural Buildings, Framing with Green Wood, Framing Systems

Chapter 14: Insulative Wall Systems: Straw Bale, Design for Straw Bale Structures (Step 1), Bale Preparation: Air Fins, Stand-aways, Pony Wall/Toe-ups, & Window/Door Framing (Step 2), Bale Construction and Installation (Step 3), Plaster Preparation (Step 4)

Chapter 15: Insulative Wall Systems: Straw-Clay, Woodchip-Clay, and Cellulose, Insulative Walls: an Overview, Constructing Straw Clay Exterior Walls, Constructing Straw Clay Interior Walls, Constructing Woodchip Clay Exterior Walls, Constructing Woodchip Clay Interior Walls, Cellulose-Insulated Walls

Chapter 16: Natural Mass Wall Systems: Earthen and Stone Applications for Mass in Cold Climates, Most Common Mass Wall Typologies, Other Mass Wall Typologies

Chapter 17: Natural Plastering, What Is Plaster?, General Plaster Structure, Plastering Methods

Chapter 18: Roofs for Natural Buildings, Roof Assembly Strategies, Roofing Materials

Chapter 19: Floors for Natural Buildings, Earthen Floors, Other Flooring Options

Chapter 20: Natural Finishes, Choosing the Right Finish, The Anatomy of a Finish, A Sampling of Natural Finish Formulations

Chapter 21: Mechanicals and Utilities for Natural Buildings, Water, Energy: Electricity, Energy: Heat, Ventilation, Air Conditioning

Conclusion

A Structure Not in Isolation

The Places We Live: Challenges and Opportunities in Cities, Towns, Suburbs, and Rural Areas

Call to Action

References

Appendix A: Suggested Further Reading

Appendix B: Selected Details

Appendix C: Plaster Recipes

Appendix D: Results Summary of Energy Performance of Northeast Straw Bale Buildings Research

Appendix E: Sample Budget

Index


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