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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.

    Paperback $59.95

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    The Hand-Sculpted House

    The Hand-Sculpted House

    By Linda Smiley and Michael G. Smith and Ianto Evans

    Are you ready for the Cob Cottage? This is a building method so old and so simple that it has been all but forgotten in the rush to synthetics. A cob cottage,cobb, however, might be the ultimate expression of ecological design, a structure so attuned to its surroundings that its creators refer to it as "an ecstatic house."

    The authors build a house the way others create a natural garden. They use the oldest, most available materials imaginable--earth, clay, sand, straw, and water--and blend them to redefine the future (and past) of building. Cob (the word comes from an Old English root, meaning "lump") is a mixture of non-toxic, recyclable, and often free materials. Building with cob requires no forms, no cement, and no machinery of any kind. Builders actually sculpt their structures by hand.

    Building with earth is nothing new to America; the oldest structures on the continent were built with adobe bricks. Adobe, however, has been geographically limited to the Southwest. The limits of cob are defined only by the builder's imagination.
    Cob offers answers regarding our role in Nature, family and society, about why we feel the ways that we do, about what's missing in our lives. Cob comes as a revelation, a key to a saner world.

    Cob has been a traditional building process for millennia in Europe, even in rainy and windy climates like the British Isles, where many cob buildings still serve as family homes after hundreds of years. The technique is newly arrived to the Americas, and, as with so many social trends, the early adopters are in the Pacific Northwest.

    Cob houses (or cottages, since they are always efficiently small by American construction standards) are not only compatible with their surroundings, they ARE their surroundings, literally rising up from the earth. They are full of light, energy-efficient, and cozy, with curved walls and built-in, whimsical touches. They are delightful. They are ecstatic.

    Paperback $35.00

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Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

By Paul Gipe

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The Slate Roof Bible

The Slate Roof Bible

By Joseph C. Jenkins

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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

By Bill Maclay

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The Log Book

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Reinventing Fire

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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 Woodland Way

The Woodland Way

By Ben Law

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The Greened House Effect

The Greened House Effect

By Jeff Wilson

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Nuclear Roulette

By Gar Smith

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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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Passive Solar Architecture

Passive Solar Architecture

By David Bainbridge and Ken Haggard

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Roundwood Timber Framing

Roundwood Timber Framing

By Ben Law

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Masonry Heaters

By Ken Matesz

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Adobe Homes for All Climates

Adobe Homes for All Climates

By Lisa Schroder and Vince Ogletree

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Poisoned for Profit

By Philip Shabecoff and Alice Shabecoff

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The Woodland House

The Woodland House

By Ben Law

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Climate Change

Climate Change

By Jon Clift and Amanda Cuthbert

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Biodiesel

Biodiesel

By Greg Pahl

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