Alternative Housebuilding

Alternative HousebuildingAuthor(s): Mike McClintock

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company.,Inc. Ney York

ISBN: 0806969954

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Alternative Housebuilding Paperback 367 pages May 1989 Log buildings,Timber Frame, Pole, Cordwood, Stone, Earth Masonary, Earth Shelter

Build a home using logs, adobe, stone, cordwood, rammed earth, or earth-sheltered methods for less money and lower energy costs. “Includes information and diagrams detailed enough to construct seven different homes…an unbiased, unglamorized, nitty-gritty understanding of what goes into constructing the different styles.”—Green Living.

Basic Wiring Techniques

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Basic Wiring Techniques

Author(s): Cheryl Smith, editor

Publisher: Ortho

ISBN: 0897212517

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Basic Wiring Techniques

An Ortho book, 112 pages

This handy book is a complete guide to home wiring, from rewring an entire house. to just fixing and installing a lamp.

Learn to plan projects, buy materials, and circuits, update a service panel, run wire, install fixtures, and pass inspections. The book takes the mystery of of electricity and stresses safety.

You can save hundreds of dollars in installing/running wiring in a new home or addition, and at the least understand what the electrician or inspector is talking about.

Home wiring is one place where you want to get it right, and not skimp on materials and proper installation.

Complete Book of Cordwood Masonry Housebuilding; The Earthwood Method

Complete Book of Cordwood Masonry Housebuilding; The Earthwood Method

Author(s): Rob Roy

Publisher: Sterling Publishing

ISBN: 0806985909

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Build a low-cost, energy-efficient home! Rob Roy, cordwood’s most famous builder, with the help of nearly 300 photos and how-to illustrations with easy-to-follow directions, shows how and how not to build your very own stunning log-end home. Full-color photos throughout. 264 pages (8 in color), 290 b/w illus., 8 x 10.

The Smart Kitchen

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Author(s): David Goldbeck

ISBN: 0960613870

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An innovative guide to making kitchens “user friendly,” energy-efficient, safe and environment-friendly. Every element of the kitchen is discussed, including appliances, materials, fixtures and design. Recycling, composting and energy efficiency are extensively discussed.

134 pages, 50 illustrations, 1994

Healthy House Building for the New Millennium

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Author(s): John Bower

ISBN: 0963715682

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Healthy House Building reveals the unsuspected sources of indoor pollution and provides readily available, real world solutions. Author John Bower is a nationally respected expert on healthy home building. Better yet, he’s a builder who understands the construction process. This book covers every building component, including foundations, flooring, cabinets, paint, filters, ventilation, etc. Dozens of photographs illustrate many of the key points. A complete set of house plans is included. This new expanded edition has added new information on products, techniques, options and Web sites. Plus, there’s an all-new chapter about the author’s own healthy house. 200 illustrations

416 pages, 1999

EEBA Builder’s Guide to Hot-Dry / Mixed-Dry Climates

 Builder's Guide to Hot-Dry / Mixed-Dry ClimatesAuthor: Joseph Lstiburek

ISBN: 0975512706

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The North American Hot-Dry / Mixed-Dry Climate edition of the Builder’s Guide now provides the building industry with the latest and best practical information on how to apply building science principles to structures as systems with revised sections on: Foundations, Walls, Roofs and an expanded discussion of Vapor Barriers, Additional Appendixes PLUS a newly added Glossary of Terms.

©2004
490 pages

EEBA Builder’s Guide to Cold Climates

Builder's Guide to Cold ClimatesAuthor: Joseph Lstiburek

ISBN: 0975512714

 

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The North American Cold Climate edition of the Builder’s Guide is augmented to provide the building industry with the latest and best practical information on how to apply building science principles to structures as systems in colder regions.

A concise, graphically rich technical manual, it contains over 150 detailed illustrations showing the latest details and techniques to effectively implement energy and resource efficient residential construction with revised sections on: Foundations, Walls, Roofs and an expanded discussion of Vapor Barriers, Additional Appendixes PLUS a newly added Glossary of Terms. The new guide embodies much of what is now known about building homes that are affordable, durable, energy efficient, healthy, safe, comfortable and environmentally responsible.

©2006
466 pages

EEBA Builder’s Guide – Hot Humid Climate

 Builder's Guide to Hot-Humid ClimatesAuthor(s): Joe Lstiburek and Betsy Pettit (M. LaLiberte and J. Golden, technical editors)

Publisher: Energy Efficient Building Association

ISBN: 0975512730

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EEBA Builder’s Guide – Hot Humid Climate Published by EEBA after lengthy peer-review, initially for North American Heating Climates, the Builders Guide is a new effort to provide the building industry with the latest and best practical information on how to apply building science principles to structures as systems. A concise, graphically rich technical manual, it contains over 150 detailed illustrations showing the latest details and techniques to effectively implement energy and resource efficient residential construction. EEBA’s new guide embodies much of what is now known about building homes that are affordable, durable, energy efficient, healthy, safe, comfortable and environmentally responsible.

Alternative Construction: Contemporary Natural Building Materials

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Author(s): Lynne Elizabeth and Cassandra Adams

ISBN: 0471249513

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From adobe to straw bales, traditional building materials are being adapted to meet code-required standards for health and safety in contemporary buildings around the world. Not only are they cost effective and environmentally friendly, but, when used correctly, these natural alternatives match the strength and durability of many mainstream construction materials.

This guide to combining traditional natural materials and modern construction methods examines a broad range of traditional and modern natural construction methods, including straw-bale, light-clay, cob, adobe, rammed earth and pisé, earthbag, earth-sheltered, bamboo and hybrid systems. It also covers key ecological design principles, as well as current engineering and building code requirements.

Experts on each building system have contributed core chapters that explore the history, development, climatic appropriateness, environmental benefits, performance characteristics, construction techniques and structural design principles for each method. More than 200 visuals depict both construction processes and completed structures. An extensive resource guide shows where to go for further information, training and research.

In an increasingly resource-conscious era, alternative construction is truly an idea whose time has come. Whether you’re an architect, designer, student, or homeowner, this book will help you to combine indigenous building materials with modern construction systems and design standards to create low-impact, high-quality buildings that meet the highest levels of comfort, health and safety.

392 pages, 2000, Hardcover

Housing Ourselves: Creating Affordable, Sustainable Shelter

Housing Ourselves: Creating Affordable, Sustainable Shelter

Author(s): Richard Burnham

ISBN: 0070092370

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This timely book offers a practical and workable approach to building an affordable, sustainable, environmentally-sensitive house by having owners build it themselves. Richard Burnham draws on the practices of native people, pioneers and third-world populations to create a concept called minimumexistenz, which is both affordable and sustainable. Minimumexistenz — while not for everyone — offers an important counterpoint to ever-growing suburban monuments. Burnham explains how to: Choose materials that are cost-effective, sustainable and originate locally. Design homes that are suitable to an area’s climate, topography and other shelter requirements. Launch the project on a shoestring and add on incrementally as finances permit. Create homes that bring individuality and variety back to today’s homogenized landscape… And much more! Although this book is clearly targeted for owner-builders, professionals committed to affordability will find useful ideas, too.

196 pages, 1998

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