The Natural House Catalog : Everything You Need to Create an Environmentally Friendly Home

The Natural House Catalog
Author(s): David Pearson (Editor)

Publisher: Fireside

ISBN: 0684801981

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Featuring specific how-to projects written by specialists, as well as an index organized by city and region, this book is a natural for home builders, renovators, decorators, and fixer-uppers who cherish the environment now–and want to preserve it for future generations. 91 photos, 16 in color.

Table of Contents
Pt. 1. Everything you need
Ch. 1. Building
Ch. 2. Soft Energy
Ch. 3. Water
Ch. 4. Sane Electrics
Ch. 5. Lighting
Ch. 6. Air
Ch. 7. Decoration
Ch. 8. Furniture and Furnishings
Ch. 9. Non-Toxic Home
Ch. 10. Backyard
Ch. 11. Recycling
Ch. 12. Green Experts
Pt. 2. Directory of Products, Resources and Services

The Timeless Way of Building

The Timeless Way of BuildingAuthor(s): Christopher Alexander

Publisher: Oxford Univ Press

ISBN: 0195024028

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The Timeless Way of Building

A breathtaking and profound book. It is amazing how a book that propounds revolutionary architectural theory has stirred up the computer software industry. This deeply philosophical book, which is very practical and rigorous, lays the foundation for developing pattern languages. The book is all about a common language that can be shared to build artifacts that are alive. It stresses that a design should always concentrate on the whole and not on assembling parts. It also shows the power of distributed processing, if you will, as against centralized processing. All the great principles have one thing in common. They are simple. And, after one realizes such a simple but profound principle, one can not stop wondering how one survived without its knowledge. This book gives that feeling. If you are involved in architecture of any sort- buildings, software, organization or even politics- this book is a must for you.

The Alternative Building Sourcebook

Author(s): Steve Chappell

Publisher: Fox Maple Press, Inc.

ISBN: 1889269018

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The Alternative Building Sourcebook Natural & Traditional Building resource guide.

A unique and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, and acedemic architectural reference book collections, The Alternative Building Sourcebook will prove to be an invaluable resource for student, neophyte and even experienced architects. Of special utility are the sections devoted to internet websites and email address, subject listings, and company index.–James A. Cox — Internet Bookwatch, September 1998

Over the years as a professional timber framer, Steve Chappell of Fox Maple School of Traditional Building (the people behind Joiners’ Quarterly magazine) has met a lot of people; no small number of them offering unusual and hard-to-find goods and services of value to those interested in natural and sustainable housing. Over 900 indexed entries interspersed with photos and short articles about traditional and natural building techniques fill 140 pages. It’s fun to go through the listings, taking mental notes; stumbling across answers to arcane bits of long-term wonderings; following up on leads; finding those magic contacts that never would have been found; and knowing that the big payoff will come six months down the road when a positive need to find hemp fiberboard, seagrass carpet, or a one-man sawmill with built-in edger without delay will arise.–Mark Piepkorn — The Last Straw Journal, issue#23, Fall 1998

The SOURCEBOOK is unique among green building guides in its exclusive focus on natural building methods, such as strawbale, clay infill, cob, thatch and timber framing. Useful information on associated products, services, and tools is also provided. For builders, architects, and lay people interested in natural building, The Alternative Building Sourcebook makes an excellent reference. — Environmental Building News, April 1998

This is not just another directory of green building materials. The result is a rich compilation of helpful businesses, rounded out with instructive essays, illustrations, and sidebars. Resource categories include suppliers, publications, schools, software, videos, and workshops and conferences. I’ll be using this book for a long time.–Carol Venolia — Building With Nature, Issue#20, March 1999

Paperback 144 pages

Building with Vision: Optimizing and Finding Alternatives to Wood

Author: Dan Imhoff

ISBN: 097095000

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Building with Vision: Optimizing and Finding Alternatives to Wood

The United States has both the rare fortune and the dubious distinction of being among the only industrialized nations to use wood as its primary material for residential buildings. While other developed countries have evolved masonry and other building systems not reliant on wood, on average, a full acre of trees is consumed to build just one house in the United States. And, for every twenty houses built, enough waste is typically left over to frame another house.

Combining environmental philosophy, practical information, and dynamic visuals, Building with Vision makes accessible many solutions to wasteful tree-dependent construction and design. In addition to identifying the benefits, challenges, and applications of the recommended alternatives to contemporary American construction, this book details building methods to minimize wood waste, maximize efficiency, and emphasize the unique aesthetic properties of non-wood materials.

Part resource guide, part photo essay, this 136-page gem features beautifully composed, nearly tactile photographs that bring to life an array of alternative materials. Case studies highlight successful building projects that utilize innovative and effective framing, siding, insulation, roofing, and finishing materials and techniques.

Building systems featured include Rastra, a new kind of interlocking block made of recovered Styrofoam packaging; Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) made of plywood, OSB, or strawboard with a thick foam core; and a variety of “Eco-Crete,” super-insulating concrete systems. A wide range of finish materials are discussed as well: panel board made from agricultural crop waste, flooring derived from used tires, natural linoleum and certified woods, and cement countertops embedded with finds from the urban waste stream.

“This book can be a lifesaver for trees and our limited architectural horizons. It invites challenges to its critiques. Let the debate begin.” — Ralph Nader

“Building with Vision is timely and extremely useful, a must-have resource for every architectural studio across the country.” — Sim Van der Ryn architect, director of the Ecological Design Institute

About the Author Dan Imhoff has authored dozens of articles and essays on issues ranging from forest conservation and paper production to the global economy, sustainable agriculture, and green building. Imhoff’s articles have appeared in Sierra, Saveur, Whole Earth, Communication Arts, Orion Afield, and many books and journals. With his wife and two children, he lives part-time in an off-the-grid home produced with many certified and salvaged, wood and non-wood materials.

Born in Parma, Italy, Roberto Carra is an internationally renowned photographer, graphic designer, and art director.

softcover :: 9″ x 8″ :: 136 pages, color photographs :: b/w photographs bibliography :: resource list

Making Building Blocks With the Cinva Ram Block Press

Publisher: Vita Pubns (June 1988)

ISBN: 0866190120

ISBN-13: 978-0866190121

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Making Building Blocks With the Cinva Ram Block Press Paperback June 1988

The Healing House: How Living in the Right House Can Heal You Spiritually, Emotionally, and Physically

Author(s): Barbara Bannon Harwood

Publisher: Hay House

ISBN: 156170427X

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The Healing House : How Living in the Right House Can Heal You Spiritually, Emotionally, and Physically

Paperback, 336 pages
Publication date: October 1997

Barbara Bannon Harwood is one of the only home builders in the U.S. who is connecting spirituality and health to the kinds of buildings we live and work in. The Healing House will lead readers down new pathways, showing them how to have a home that heals the spirit, feels comfortable, balanced, and just feels happy.

Addresses not only energy resource efficiency and healthy material aspects of a home, but also how our bodies connect with the spiritual energies of the earth, sky, and other living things in their environment, and why maintaining those connections in our homes is important to our physical, mental, and emotional health.

Retrofitting for Energy Conservation

Retrofitting for Energy Conservation

Retrofitting for Energy ConservationAuthor(s): William H. Clark

Publisher: McGraw Hill

Hardcover: 427 pages

ISBN: 0070119201

ISBN-13: 978-0070119208

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Almost 85% of energy-conserving projects are retrofits, according to the National Association of Homebuilders. Retrofitting for Energy Conservation gives you the tools you need to meet this demand with step-by-step help in retrofitting any residence or light commercial building for energy savings. From assessing the challenge and offering the client options through initial project design and final execution of the building plan, this book gives you solutions that meet and exceed code requirements.

Table of Contents
Ch. 1. The Domestic Water System
Ch. 2. Building Envelope
Ch. 3. Ventilation and Infiltration Control
Ch. 4. Lighting Projects I
Ch. 5. Lighting Projects II
Ch. 6. Heating and Cooling Systems
Ch. 7. Central Systems
Ch. 8. Electrical Projects
Ch. 9. Architectural Concepts
Ch. 10. Controls
Ch. 11. Water and Steam System Projects
Project 1. Replacing inefficient hot-water heaters
Project 2. Steam-trap replacement
Ch. 12. Building Projects
Project 3. Attic insulation
Project 4. Motor projects
Ch. 13. HVAC Projects
Project 5. Heat-pump retrofits
Project 6. Dedicated air-handling unit
Project 7. More efficient HVAC units
Ch. 14. Lighting Projects
Project 8. Security lighting
Project 9. Reflective inserts
Project 10. Fixture relamping
Project 11. Interior lighting controls
Project 12. Exterior lighting controls
Ch. 15. Controls Projects
Project 13. Cooling-tower fan controls
Project 14. Programmable thermostats
Project 15. Time clock control of motors
Ch. 16. Auditing Existing Buildings
Ch. 17. The Building Plan Review Audit
Ch. 18. Energy Tips and Tricks
Ch. 19. The HVAC Design Process
Ch. 20. Numerical Analysis Techniques

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

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.

Do-It-Yourself Plumbing

Do-It-Yourself Plumbing

Do-It-Yourself PlumbingAuthor(s): Max Alth

Publisher: Times Mirror Magazines, Inc.; 1st edition (1986)

Hardcover: 301 pages

ISBN-10: 0060101229

ISBN-13: 978-0060101220

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Do It Yourself Plumbing.

A complete, simple to follow manual.

500 photos and drawings. 316pages.