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Simple, Affordable, and Earthquake-Resistant Natural Building Techniques
The lay-up of adobe bricks is an easy, forgiving way to achieve a solid masonry-wall system. Contrary to stereotypes, adobe is perfectly adaptable for use in cold, wet climates as well as hot and dry ones, and for areas prone to earthquakes. With its efficient use of energy, natural resources for construction, and minimal effort for long-term maintenance, it’s clear that the humble adobe brick is an ideal option for constructing eco-friendly structures throughout the world.
A Guide for Making a Versatile, Efficient, and Easy to Use Wood-Fired Oven
A comprehensive guide for planning and building a practical, efficient and affordable wood-fired oven. The barrel oven offers surprising convenience because it is hot and ready to bake in within 15-20 minutes and is easy to maintain at a constant temperature.
Available for Pre-order (Expected Ship Date: April 15, 2014)
Tony Wrench’s true and captivating story of his low-impact roundhouse helped shape Building a Low Impact Roundhouse, the “how to” manual for anyone interested in low-impact living or considering a self-built, affordable, and organic home. This third edition includes a ten-year update, a section on building a straw bale den, and sections on physical design. Advice on roofs, walls, floors, compost toilets, wood stoves, kitchens, windows, and planning permissions are included.
Structural Design for Rammed Earth and Straw-Bale Architecture
An approachable and readable how-to book on ecological/sustainable architecture.
How to Build Your Own
Khalili's classic, authoritative manual describes how to build arches, domes, and vaults with earth, as well as techniques to fire and glaze earth buildings to transform them into ceramic houses.
You Can Hand-Sculpt Your Own Home
An easy-to-read look at the world of cob-building.
How to Design Small Interior Space
Compact Living opens our eyes to the possibilities of living a compact and low-impact urban life. This is a book of design solutions for small spaces, ideally suited to compact urban dwellings, with each chapter providing useful, basic tools for organizing an entire house and garden no matter what kind of space we live in.
Robust and versatile, the yurt has evolved into the ultimate portable dwelling.
An Architect's Sketchbook
Wells’s work is revolutionary, but readers will find his message to be pure common sense. Earth sheltering offers superior comfort with minimal energy input, and it is adaptable to diverse terrains as well as a variety of architectural aesthetics.
How to Build Your Own
This book, with over 700 photos and illustrations, shows how to use sandbags and barbed wire, the materials of war, for peaceful purposes as the new invention known as Superadobe or earth-bag, which can shelter millions of people around the globe as a temporary as well as permanent housing solution.
Homes for a Small Planet
Energy Free is designed to equip building professionals and homeowners alike with a toolkit for creating homes that use no more energy than they produce—this means homes that are free from the vagaries of energy-price fluctuations and that help to free society of the high political and environmental costs of fossil fuels.
Renovating Your Home with a Deep Energy Retrofit
In The Greened House Effect, author Jeff Wilson brings his twenty-five years of construction experience and knowledge of home building to bear on making our current houses cleaner, greener, and healthier. Think of a deep energy retrofit (DER) as a "home makeover" -- one that represents a significant investment, but that saves money from the get-go by capturing the energy you "drop on the ground" every month, every year, through inefficiency, poor design, or simply living in a typical older home. Using his own family's DER of their 1942 home as a prime example, Wilson weaves a readable narrative at a practical, hammer-and-nail level.
A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage
This bible of radical simplicity explores the philosophical underpinnings of natural building while presenting the most comprehensive how-to guide to cob ever published.
Designing & Building a House Your Own Way
The most complete and easy-to-use house-building handbook available. With an emphasis on accessibility, ergonomics, and "pattern languages," this comprehensive manual of design, planning, and construction provides readers with the tools to build a home that will be beautiful and comfortable long into the new century.
Stone Masonry, Log and Strawbale Construction
The house of your dreams does not have to be expensive. The key is all in the planning. How much a house costs, how it looks, how comfortable it is, how energy-efficient it is—all these things occur on paper before you pick up even one tool. A little extra time in the planning process can save you tens of thousands of dollars in construction and maintenance. That is time well spent!
From Buying a Woodland to Making a Chair, 4th Edition
First published in 2002, Living Wood is both a practical manual and an inspirational guide, updating much of the information included in Mike’s best-selling book Green Woodwork.
Guidelines to Using Fly Ash for Higher Quality, Eco-Friendly Structures
Making Better Concrete is written by a practicing structural engineer after using and learning about fly ash concrete from the academic experts, concrete suppliers, engineers and architects who have studied, developed and used it. This isn't just for people who want to "build green"--this is for people who want to build better concrete.
A Comprehensive Guide to Integrative Design and Construction
The authors apply the work and technology of the homespun communal natural building movement to the rapidly burgeoning green architecture movement. They present natural building approaches with thorough, science-rich, detail-intensive information.
A Complete Guide to Healthy, Energy-Efficient, Environmental Homes
A comprehensive overview of thirteen natural building techniques including straw bale, rammed earth, adobe, cob, and cordwood masonry, as well as a primer on renewable energy systems, passive heating and cooling, sustainable water systems, and Earth-friendly building materials, The Natural House is an indispensable guide for anyone planning to build green.
Leading-Edge Design and Construction of Homes and Buildings for a Renewable Energy Future
Available for Pre-order (Expected Ship Date: June 16, 2014)
In a nation where traditional buildings use roughly 40 percent of the total fossil energy, the interest in net-zero building is growing enormously. In The New Net Zero, sustainable architect Bill Maclay charts the path for designers and builders interested in exploring green design’s new frontier net-zero-energy structures that produce as much energy as they consume and are carbon neutral. Geared toward professionals exploring net-zero design, the book will enlighten nonprofessionals seeking time-tested ideas and strategies.
The Complete Guide to Photovoltaics for Your Home
The original Photovoltaics How-To Handbook, acclaimed as "the Best of the Books," is now revised, expanded & updated for our New Age of Photovoltaics. Condensing years of hands-on & industry experience, PV pioneers Joel Davidson & Fran Orner tell you everything you need to know to go solar.
How to Create a Comfortable, Healthy Home That Saves Energy
The second edition of No-Regrets Remodeling will educate homeowners about opportunities for improving their home's energy efficiency and comfort at one of the most critical junctures in home ownership. That moment comes when homeowners are faced with the decision to remodel a recently purchased or existing home, or due to a component failure, need to upgrade their home's HVAC, appliances, lighting, or other energy-related systems.
Heating, Cooling, Ventilation, Daylighting, and More Using Natural Flows
In a comprehensive overview of passive solar design—the resurrected solar strategy that is sweeping through Germany and rapidly regaining popularity in the United States—two of the nation’s solar pioneers give homeowners, architects, and builders the keys to successfully using the sun and climate resources for heating, cooling, ventilation and daylighting.
The Complete Guide to Heating and Cooling Your Home
Now this definitive guide to passive solar home construction includes custom software to analyze the passive solar potential of new building plans and existing homes anywhere in North America.
The second book in the series of Rainwater Haresting for Drylands talks about Earthworks and how they are one of the easiest, least expensive, and most effective ways of passively harvesting and conserving multiple sources of water in the soil.
Guiding Principles to Welcome Rain into Your Life and Landscape
The first volume of a three-volume guide on how to conceptualize, design, and implement sustainable water-harvesting systems for your home, landscape, and community. This book enables you to assess your on-site resources, gives you a diverse array of strategies to maximize their potential, and empowers you with guiding principles to create an integrated, multi-functional water-harvesting plan specific to your site and needs.
The Rammed Earth House is an eye-opening example of how the most dramatic innovations in home design and construction frequently have their origins in the distant past.
Building Naturally Using Local Resources
This definitive manual marks the birth of a new vernacular for the 21st century. Over 400 colour photographs and step-by-step instructions guide you through the building of anything from a garden shed to your own woodland house. This practical ‘how to’ book will unquestionably be a benchmark for sustainable building using renewable local resources and evolving traditional skills to create durable, ecological and beautiful buildings.
A Complete Guide to the Construction, Use, and Benefits of the Finnish Bath
This completely revised, full-color edition contains everything you need to know about building and enjoying your own sauna.
A Home Construction Guide for All Climates
Serious Straw Bale is the first book to examine thoroughly the specific design considerations critical to success with straw bale building in cold and wet climates.
Understanding, Installing, and Restoring the World's Finest Roof, 2nd Edition
Completely revised, greatly expanded and updated version of the award-winning The Slate Roof Bible, with six new chapters and 330 color photos and drawings. The down-home style of Joseph Jenkins converts potentially tedious subjects like slate geology, roof safety, tools, installation, and repairs into readable delights.
Passive Heating and Cooling
The principles of solar design and construction have been used by traditional builders for thousands of years—until the era of so-called cheap fossil fuel, when we collectively forgot many of the lessons of vernacular architecture. Dan Chiras's book covers state-of-the-art passive solar heating and cooling, combining age-old truths with cutting-edge ecology.
A Guide to Building with Slipforms
Stone House contains all the hard knowledge, helpful tips, and fresh ideas you'll need to successfully build a stone home of your own. Tomm Stanley, an international business consultant, active ecologist, and all around handyman—who decided to go for his dream of building his own house—leads you through the entire process. Using a lighthearted narrative approach, Tomm describes the trials and tribulations that accompanied the wonderful successes he experienced as a first-time self-builder creating his own house of stone.
Imagine building a house with superior seismic stability, fire resistance, and thermal insulation, using an annually renewable resource, for half the cost of a comparable conventional home. Welcome to the straw bale house! Whether you build an entire house or something more modest--a home office or studio, a retreat cabin or guest cottage--plastered straw bale construction is an exceptionally durable and inexpensive option. What's more, it's fun, because the technique is easy to learn and easy to do yourself. And the resulting living spaces are unusually quiet and comfortable.
Essays on Design and Building for a Sustainable Future
A remarkable collection of more than fifty vibrant and varied readings exploring the critical relationships between built and natural environments. Includes essays by cutting-edge architects, designers, planners, public works experts, and educators, teaching that when social, cultural, and environmental systems are combined creatively, architecture can meet the aesthetic and practical requirements of today without compromising the needs of future generations.
Designed as a dual-purpose book, The Woodland House is both a volume for the armchair enthusiast and an inspirational guide for those wishing to build a similar structure. Beautifully illustrated with more than 100 color photos, this step-by-step guide shows how Ben built his home, hewn from his own woodland, for under $45,000. It covers the basics of self-building and gives full details of the evolving design process, the identifying of materials, costs, project management, and the actual building stages, from foundations and frames, through to interior features. Includes a seven-year update detailing the extension of the house, natural insulation trials, and round-wood engineering calculations.