Natural Interiors: Using Natural Materials and Methods to Decorate Your Home

Natural Interiors: Using Natural Materials and Methods to Decorate Your HomeAuthor(s): Ali Hanan and Pip Norris

Paperback: 160 pages

Publisher: Rizzoli Universe Promotional Books (September 20, 2003)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0789310368

ISBN-13: 978-0789310361

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Pure untouched and stylish, this is the blueprint for natural decorating. Natural Interiors explores the ever-increasing range of natural products and methods — from the raw materials to how they are integrated into your home, without losing comfort, efficiency or functionality. It explains the advantages of ecofriendly options over the mass produced, the artificial and the processed, and delights in their unique and nurturing qualities.

Natural materials are not only visually appealing, they can also contribute to our physical and emotional well-being. Not only are they less damaging to the environment as a whole, natural materials can counter the pollutants and irritants in our home — good for our health and good for our souls.

Natural Interiors looks at the elements of nature that we can bring into our homes — earth, water, fire, air, space, color and light. It then discusses raw materials, such as wood and stone, and how to choose walls, floors, furniture and lighting. It concludes with a section on room design.

The ideas in Natural Interiors is abundantly illustrated with 180 color photographs. By creating natural and inviting spaces, Natural Interiors evokes a style of living that is gentle, aesthetic and balanced.


From Contractor to Consumer: the Truth about Heating, Air Conditioning, and Home Comfort Systems: What Your Contractor Won’t Tell You

From Contractor to Consumer: the Truth about Heating, Air Conditioning, and Home Comfort Systems: What Your Contractor Won't Tell YouAuthor: Joe Gorman

Paperback: 72 pages

Publisher: iUniverse (October 17, 2009)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1440178178

ISBN-13: 978-1440178177

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The only book written for homeowners and consumers to help you understand how heating, air conditioning, and duct systems work together as a home comfort system. Whether you are looking to purchase a new heating and air conditioning system or just looking to solve some ongoing problems your contractor keeps saying is “normal” operation, this book will bring to youan understanding of heating, air conditioning, and home comfort systems and how they work together so you will be better prepared to make the right decisions when it comes to making your home or business as comfortable and energy efficient as you want it to be.

Learn how you can:

Save Money and Save Energy with your new or existing heating, air conditioning, and home comfort system

Make the right choices

Choose the right system to fit your needs

Make your home more comfortable

Choose the right contractor


Know what to look for when purchasing a furnace, air conditioner, or home comfort system.

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Healthy House Building: A Design and Construction Guide

Healthy House Building : A Design and Construction Guide

Author(s): John Bower

Publisher: Healthy House Inst

ISBN: 0963715623

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How you put your house together is just as important as the materials you choose. Healthy House Building takes you step-by-step through the construction of a Model Healthy House. With over 200 photos and illustrations, as well as a complete set of detailed construction drawings, Healthy House Building shows you everything you need to know to build a healthy house. While your house probably won’t look like the one in this book, the important how-to information necessary to build or remodel in a healthy manner can be applied to all houses. This second edition contains updated addresses for the suppliers of materials used in the Model Healthy House

Healthy House Building is a heavily illustrated book that walks the reader through every phase of construction. In building the Model Healthy House, Bower promotes a concept he calls “Eliminate, Separate, Ventilate”… Bower recognizes that economic realities often necessitate tradeoffs, and he suggests where compromises can be made with the least impact on the environment… Full of useful information. — Fine Homebuilding, August/September 1994

From the Publisher

Of course, having comprehensive text on healthy housing is important. But Healthy House Building (Second Edition) by John Bower takes this information further–by actually showing readers how to build a healthy house from the ground up. Want to see how to lay a ceramic tile floor using a self-made, no-additive grout; how to install a metal roof; or how the air-tight drywall approach should be done? These and all the other steps required to build a “model healthy house” are explained in text–but also with over 250 photographs, and 25 pages of detailed house plans. This is the type of information you’ll be able to apply to your next building or remodeling project.

384 pages

Publication date: November 1997

Prescriptions for a Healthy House

Prescriptions for a Healthy House: A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders and HomeownersAuthor(s): Paula Baker, Erica Elliott, John Banta

Publisher: Inword Press

ISBN: 1566903556

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Published January 1998
246 pages

Reviewer comment Prescriptions for a Healthy House is distinguished in two respects. The material is laid out following the 16 point Master Format of construction specifications so that targeting specific topics of interest is easy. The second is that the authors’ approach the subject based on the precepts of baubiology.

‘[T]here is much interesting material here, including the many references to case studies from personal involvement illustrating a point they are making. Some refer to construction issues, others to examples of problems people encounter with pollutants in their environment’

The most valuable contribution [the authors] make is suggesting text that can be added to specifications to deal with the key issues related to each aspect of work. Product sources are also identified.–SOLPLAN REVIEW, March 1998.

The author, Paula Baker E-Mail: , 01/20/98:
Its not that complicated! The book is designed to make healthy home building easy. We walk homeowner, architect and builder step-by-step through the construction process. We explain why certain standard building practices are detrimental to your health, what to do instead and where to obtain products and expertise. We welcome your comments, experiences with using the book and knowledge so that we can best serve those who come to us for help.

Review comments Many good books have been written on healthy building, but until now there has not been a nitty-gritty reference manual that covers everything from theory to specification language in a way that can be applied to any construction type. Prescriptions for a Healthy House is introductory enough to be used by someone new to the field, yet detailed and practical enough to be a valuable referenced for the more experienced.

The best thing about this book is that it is laid out to be USED. The graphic design allows for easy perusal to find the charts, case studies, specification language, resources, details, or supporting text. In fact, I made use of Prescriptions the first day I got it: a client called with a question, and I went straight to the relevant page and read her a concise list of practical suggestions. I was relieved not to have to comb my mental or physical database!

The backgrounds of the authors–experienced architect, M.D., and healthy building consultant–combine to give the book a breadth and depth rarely found in one place. More than an admonition to go nontoxic or a list of materials, the book includes practical strategies and procedures, clearly gained from experience, to ensure that the finished home is a haven, not a nightmare. The case studies bring home the authors’ points. When you read that a cleanup product caused a nearly finished house to be uninhabitable, you know WHY you need to specify everything that is used on the site. In fact, it makes me want to specify that every contractor read this book! –Carol Venolia, publisher of Building with Nature newsletter and author of Healing Environments

I liked this book very much–it fills a real need. –Vincent A. Marinkovich, M.D., Immunologist, allergist, and pediatrician, Menlo Park, CA

I will definitely recommend this book to my patients. –William Shrader, M.D., Allergist, specialist in environmental medicine, Santa Fe, NM

Contents This book takes the mystery out of healthy house building by walking the owner/architect/builder team through the construction process. It explains where and why standard building practices are not healthful, what to do differently, and how to obtain alternative materials and expertise. Provides information on how to design interior and exterior space, and select construction materials that enhance and promote physical well-being.

Table of Contents

Warning and Disclaimer
About the Authors
Pt. I. Overview
Description of the Problem and Solutions
Pt. II. Specification
Division 1. General Requirements
Division 2. Site Work
Division 3. Concrete
Division 4. Masonry or Other Alternatives to Frame Construction
Division 5. Metals
Division 6. Wood and Plastics
Division 7. Thermal and Moisture Control
Division 8. Openings
Division 9. Finishes
Division 10. Specialties
Division 11. Equipment
Division 12. Furnishings
Division 13. Special Construction
Division 14. Conveying Systems
Division 15. Mechanical
Division 16. Electrical
Appendix A Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or Environmental Illness Author Testimonials on MCS
Appendix B: Page References to Brand Name Products and Services
Appendix C: Manufacturers, Service Providers, and Catalog Sources

The Authors
Paula Baker is an architect intimately familiar with the materials and methods of standard construction. As a baubiologist, she also knows where these practices are in conflict with human health and available alternatives. Erica Elliott is a physician trained in both family practice and environmental medicine. She has extensive clinical experience in the medical consequences of standard construction. John Banta has over a decade of experience in troubleshooting indoor environmental problems. His expertise covers many aspects of indoor air quality, including the detection and reduction of electromagnetic fields and the recognition and abatement of mold problems.

Clean House, Clean Planet: Manual to Free Your Home of 14 Common Hazard Household Products

Cover, Clean House, Clean Planet : Manual to Free Your Home of  14 Common Hazard Household Products

Clean House, Clean Planet : Manual to Free Your Home of 14 Common Hazard Household Products

Author(s): Karen Noonan Logan

Publisher: Pocket Books

ISBN: 0671535951

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Clean House, Clean Planet : Manual to Free Your Home of 14 Common Hazard Household Products Paperback, 288 pages Publication date: April 1997 Synopsis: This easy-to-use guide for everyone who is concerned about the toxic chemicals in cleaning products includes remarkably simple recipes for natural, non-toxic household cleaners that really work–the secrets the cleaning industry doesn’t want consumers to know.

Your Health and Your House: A Resource Guide

Your Health and Your House: A Resource GuideAuthor(s): Nina Anderson, Albert Benoist

Publisher: Keats Pub

ISBN: 087983630X

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Your Health and Your House: A Resource Guide

Paperback, 159 pages
Publication date: January 1995

Midwest Book Review:
How can homeowners diagnose their homes for environmental problems? Anderson and Benoist, environmental and building consultants, discuss seventy symptoms and pollutants which can aggravate health conditions, telling how to reduce or eliminate them and how to test for lead, radon, and carpet hazards.

The author , 10/09/97:
DIAGNOSE YOUR IN-HOME ILLNESS A pertinent book that depicts lists of common health symptoms and the corresponding indoor pollutant that could be causing them. A great way to diagnose if your sick buillding is causing you to be sick too!

The Healthy House: How to Buy One How to Build One How to Cure a Sick One

Cover, The Healthy House : How to Buy One How to Build One  How to Cure a Sick One (4th Ed)

(4th Ed)

Author(s): John Bower

Publisher: Healthy House Inst

ISBN: 0963715690

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The Healthy House: How to Buy One, How to Build One, How to Cure a Sick One

4th Edition
Paperback, 672 pages

Booknews, Inc., 10/01/89:
Information on subjects that include airtightness and ventilation, mold and moisture, wood and wood products, and their noxious and toxic potentials. Includes source listings of manufacturers and suppliers. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Keeping Buildings Healthy

Keeping Buildings HealthyAuthor(s): James T. O’Reilly, Philip Hagan, Ronald Gots

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471292281

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A complete prevention and planning guide for professionals concerned with building-related illnessThe dramatic increase in claims of illness related to building conditions has created an urgent need for information and advice on all aspects of this complicated topic. Keeping Buildings Healthy tells professionals what they must know in order to identify, evaluate, and resolve the complex issues presented by building-related illness effectively. Suitable for both manufacturing and clerical environments, it offers legal, medical, behavioral, industrial hygiene, and engineering expertise found in no other single publication.

Supplemented with case studies, plus extensive reference materials on indoor environmental health standards, organizations, publications, and an indoor environmental quality evaluation checklist, this practical resource will be valued by anyone with a stake in the good health and safety of the indoor environment.

Coverage includes:
* A review of common indoor environmental quality problems, such as HVAC systems, noise, lighting, and water
* Health complaint investigations, from triage and diagnosis to choosing consultants and handling the media
* Practical and legal concerns related to government inspections
* Indoor health litigation, legal options of different parties, liability risks, insurance implications, and more

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Each year, thousands of people experiencing flu-like symptoms due to poor air quality and ventilation in the workplace. Other indoor environment dangers that can affect the health of workers range from exposed asbestos insulation to subtle psychological dangers such as limited sunlight. This work is designed to help readers resolve existing indoor air problems and prevent air quality issues from occurring in the future. Suitable for both manufacturing and clerical environments, this book offers legal, medical, industrial hygiene, and engineering expertise found in no other single publication.

Indoor Air Quality Case Studies Reference Guide

Indoor Air Quality Case Studies Reference GuideAuthor(s): George Benda, Editor

Publisher: Fairmont Press

Hardcover: 216 pages

ISBN: 0881733059

ISBN-13: 978-0881733051

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This book provides you with the benefit of both good and bad experiences in indoor air quality management over the past decade. The case studies are presented with commentary to guide you in capturing the lessons learned, offering you a sound basis for making sound decisions relative to indoor air quality in your day-to-day work in building design, construction and operation. Each case study contains the details you need to fully understand what went right as well as what went wrong. The insightful analysis presented with each case is designed to assist you in generalizing the results for applicability to other types of settings, and to guide you, both in preventing potentially costly indoor air hazards, as well as in resolving challenging existing problems. Supporting technical and scientific data is presented for each case.

6 x 9, 220 pp., Illus., Hardcover

Moisture Control Handbook: Principles and Practices for Residential and Small Commercial Buildings

Moisture Control Handbook: Principles and Practices for Residential and Small Commercial BuildingsAuthor(s): Joseph Lstiburek & John Carmody

Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 1, 1996)

Hardcover: 232 pages

ISBN-10: 0471318639

ISBN-13: 978-0471318637

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In the climate-controlled buildings of today, moisture problems affect not only the useable life expectancy of the structure, but the comfort and health of the occupants. This reference is the first to apply up-to-date moisture control and treatment techniques in a problem/solution format. Opening with an introductory explanation of the nature and causes of mold, mildew, and condensation, the book gives specific advice on heated, cooled, and combination environments, plus a short course in the dynamics of moisture movement within buildings. Other invaluable coverage includes:
* clear, detailed recommended practices for all United States climates
* practices for cooling as well as heating climates (often, heating climate solutions are applied in cooling climates, where problems and solutions are completely different)
* an overall, systematic view of moisture problems–including how mechanical systems and occupant lifestyles can create and also resolve moisture problems
* actual case studies of buildings with moisture problems that illustrate the principles and practices presented in the book
This detailed, no-nonsense exploration of moisture cause and effect–as well as its protection and remediation–will expand readers’ knowledge on this crucial subject. Moisture Control Handbook will be welcomed by building contractors, architects, mechanical engineers, building science researchers, building product manufacturers, homeowners, and small commercial building owners.