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  • Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

    Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

    By Paul Gipe

    Wind Energy for the Rest of Us straddles two—or more—worlds. The book is about wind energy. It’s not just about small wind turbines. It’s not just about large wind turbines. It’s about the depth and breadth of wind energy, encompassing more than either type of wind turbine. It includes water-pumping windmills and sailing ships. It’s a sprawling book, one minute discussing how to install small wind turbines safely, the next explaining how farmers in Indiana can earn millions by installing their own multimegawatt wind turbines. If it’s a book hard to categorize, that suits its author, Paul Gipe, who likes to think he’s hard to categorize after four decades at the frontiers of renewable energy. His book tells the story of modern wind energy in all its complexity and introduces a North American audience to the trailblazing electricity rebels who have launched a renewable energy revolution in Europe. The book debunks novel wind turbines their promoters claim will generate electricity “too cheap to meter,” and rebukes revisionist historians who falsely argue that it was the aerospace industry that delivered today’s modern wind turbines. Gipe explains why new wind turbines are part of a silent revolution that is changing the way we use wind energy. This revolution doesn’t garner headlines, but is making wind turbines more cost-effective in more places than ever before, lessening the need for new transmission lines, obviating the need for storage, and fueling rapid growth. Gipe refutes many common myths surrounding wind energy and argues persuasively that wind turbines are productive, effective, and environmentally sound. Gipe argues that wind energy is too important to be left to electric utilities and their subsidiaries alone. Wind energy is also for the rest of us, he says. It is our resource. We can develop it and we can own it--ourselves.

    Paperback $65.00

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  • A Handmade Life

    A Handmade Life

    By John Saltmarsh and William Coperthwaite

    William Coperthwaite is a teacher, builder, designer, and writer who for many years hasexplored the possibilities of true simplicity on a homestead on the north coast of Maine. In the spirit of Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, and Helen and Scott Nearing, Coperthwaite has fashioned a livelihood of integrity and completeness-buying almost nothing, providing for his own needs, and serving as a guide and companion to hundreds of apprentices drawn to his unique way of being.

    A Handmade Life carries Coperthwaite's ongoing experiments with hand tools, hand-grown and gathered food, and handmade shelter, clothing, and furnishings out into the world to challenge and inspire. His writing is both philosophical and practical, exploring themes of beauty, work, education, and design while giving instruction on the hand-crafting of the necessities of life. Richly illustrated with luminous color photographs by Peter Forbes, the book is a moving and inspirational testament to a new practice of old ways of life.

    eBook 25.00 $20

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    The Natural Building Companion

    The Natural Building Companion

    By Ace McArleton and Jacob Deva Racusin

    Natural buildings not only bring satisfaction to their makers and joy to their occupants, they also leave the gentlest footprint on the environment. In this complete reference to natural building philosophy, design, and technique, Jacob Deva Racusin and Ace McArleton walk builders through planning and construction, offering step-by-step instructions on:

    • siting and site analysis
    • choosing materials
    • integrating basic structural considerations into a design
    • strategies for heating/cooling efficiency and moisture management
    • planning for acoustics
    • developing an integrative design
    • navigating budgeting, code compliance, and project management
    • creating the foundation, wall system, roof, and floors
    • selecting and making plasters and paints
    • evaluating options for mechanical and utility systems
    • protecting against fire and insects
    • integrating structures within landscape, climate, and human communities

    ...and more

    Applicable to building in climates that are cold and wet, hot and dry, or somewhere in-between, The Natural Building Companion provides the tools necessary to understand basic principles of building science, including structural and thermal engineering, and hydrodynamics. This guide offers thorough, up-to-date, and advanced installation details and performance characteristics of straw-bale, straw-clay, woodchip-clay, and cellulose wall systems, as well as earthen and stone wall systems and a variety of framing, roofing, flooring, mechanical system, and finishing options. This fully-illustrated volume informs professionals making the transition from conventional building, homeowners embarking on their own construction, or green builders who want comprehensive guidance on natural-building options. A State-of-the-Art Resource for Natural Builders The Natural Building Companion is a part of The Yestermorrow Design/Build Library and includes an instructional DVD.

    eBook 49.95 $39.96

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  • The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm

    The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm

    By Josh Trought

    With practical examples of alternative building, renewable energy, holistic forestry, no-till gardening, hospitality management, community outreach, and more

    The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm describes not only the history of the D Acres project, but its evolving principles and practices that are rooted in the land, its inhabitants, and the joy inherent in collective empowerment.

    For almost twenty years, D Acres of New Hampshire has challenged and expanded the common definition of a farm. As an educational center that researches, applies, and teaches skills of sustainable living and small-scale organic farming, D Acres serves more than just a single function to its community. By turns it is a hostel for travelers to northern New England, a training center for everything from metal- and woodworking to cob building and seasonal cooking, a gathering place for music, poetry, joke-telling, and potluck meals, and much more.

    While this book provides a wide spectrum of practical information on the physical systems designed into a community-scale homestead, Trought also reviews the economics and organizational particulars that D Acres has experimented with over the years.

    The D Acres model envisions a way to devise a sustainable future by building a localized economy that provides more than seasonal produce, a handful of eggs, and green appliances. With the goal of perennial viability for humanity within their ecosystem, D Acres is attempting an approach to sustainability that encompasses practical, spiritual, and ethical components. In short: They are trying to create a rural community ecology that evolves in perpetuity.

    From working with oxen to working with a board of directors, no other book contains such a wealth of innovative ideas and ways to make your farm or homestead not only more sustainable, but more inclusive of, and beneficial to, the larger community. Readers will find information on such subjects as:

    • Working with pigs to transform forested landscapes into arable land;
    • Designing and building unique, multifunctional farm and community spaces using various techniques and materials;
    • Creating and perpetuating diverse revenue streams to keep your farm organization solvent and resilient;
    • Receiving maximum benefits and yields for the farm without denigrating resources or the regional ecology;
    • Implementing a fair and effective governance structure;
    • Constructing everything from solar dehydrators and cookers to treehouses and ponds; and,
    • Connecting and partnering with the larger community beyond the farm.

    Emphasizing collaboration, cooperation, and mutualism, this book promises to inspire a new generation of growers, builders, educators, artists, and dreamers who are seeking new and practical ways to address today’s problems on a community scale.

    Paperback $40.00

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Human Scale Revisited

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Surviving the Future

Surviving the Future

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Lean Logic / Surviving the Future Set (2-Book Bundle)

Lean Logic / Surviving the Future Set (2-Book Bundle)

By David Fleming and Shaun Chamberlin

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Lean Logic

By David Fleming

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By Joseph C. Jenkins

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Energy Revolution

By Howard Johns

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Building a Low Impact Roundhouse, 4th Edition

Building a Low Impact Roundhouse, 4th Edition

By Tony Wrench

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The New Net Zero

The New Net Zero

By Bill Maclay

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Extracted

By Ugo Bardi

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The Log Book

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By Will Rolls

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Reinventing Fire

Reinventing Fire

By Amory Lovins

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The Woodland Way

The Woodland Way

By Ben Law

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Compact Living

Compact Living

By Michael Guerra

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Do It Yourself 12 Volt Solar Power, 2nd Edition

Do It Yourself 12 Volt Solar Power, 2nd Edition

By Michel Daniek

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The Greened House Effect

The Greened House Effect

By Jeff Wilson

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Power from the People

Power from the People

By Greg Pahl

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The Natural Building Companion

The Natural Building Companion

By Jacob Deva Racusin and Ace McArleton

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