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

Building with Papercrete and Paper Adobe

Author(s): Gordon Solberg

ISBN: 1928627005

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Papercrete is a type of industrial strength paper maché made with paper and cardboard, sand and portland cement. The concept is quite simple — you build a mixer (essentially a huge kitchen blender), mix the dry ingredients with water to form a slurry, cast the slurry into blocks or panels, and let it dry. When it hardens up, papercrete is lightweight (it’s 80 percent air), an excellent insulator (R 2.8 per inch), holds its shape even when wet, and is remarkably strong (compressive strength of 260 psi). And, since it contains paper fibers, it has considerable tensile strength as well as compressive strength. Papercrete is a remarkable building material, and is remarkably inexpensive, since all the ingredients (except for the cement) are free or nearly free.

This collection of articles is not a step-by-step manual, but does offer a wealth of information about the topic. It’s the most comprehensive source of papercrete information available in one place. You’ll see two ways to build a papercrete mixer, several dome projects, the use of slipforms, several types of block forms, a structure made from paper bales and how several pioneers are pushing the evolution of papercrete.

The packet includes issues 1 through 5 of Earth Quarterly, plus Papercrete News Issues 1 and two. The book Building with Papercrete was a collection of articles that appeared in the Earth Quarterly (Issues 1 – 4 ). The book is now out of print, but this packet contains everything that appeared in the book, and considerably more.

1999 – 2000, 168 pages

Feng Shui : The Chinese Art of Placement

Author(s): Sarah Rossbach

Publisher: E P Dutton

ISBN: 0140193537

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Feng Shui : The Chinese Art of Placement Paperback, 169 pages Publication date: June 199

The author interprets the wisdom of feng shui master Lin Yn and offers readers a practical guide for understanding the energy flow within spaces and ordering the environment appropriately.

A Home for the Soul : A Guide for Dwelling With Spirit and Imagination

Author(s): Anthony Lawlor

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

ISBN: 0517704005

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A Home for the Soul : A Guide for Dwelling With Spirit and Imagination

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Publication date: November 1997

Philosophy and Religion Editor’s Recommended Book, 01/01/98:
Mindfulness has become a common religious buzzword. In A Home for the Soul award-winning architect Anthony Lawlor shows us how to decorate a home that encourages mindfulness from every bathroom and bibelot. Despite a (perhaps unavoidable) tendency toward camp and solipsism, the stunning photographs and insights into the potentially sacred details of domestic living prompt you to pay closer attention to your immediate environment. For example, “Books are like small altars, each page serving as a threshold for crossing into realms of broadened vision.” Investing the items around us with soulful symbolism is like living in a temple of one’s own design.

Perceiving and creating a home that uplifts the soul is the purpose of this book that invites readers to discover the abode of inspiration and delight hidden within their homes. Proceeding from kitchen to bedroom to garden, explaining how rooms and spaces can be arranged to harmonize with one’s deepest self, Lawlor gives creative, practical suggestions for decorating, renovating and even building houses and apartments that will nurture the spirit.

150 photos, 75 in color.

Simply Build Green

Simply Build Green : A Technical Guide to the Ecological Houses at the Findhorn Foundation

Simply Build GreenAuthor(s): John Talbott

Publisher: Findhorn Press

ISBN: 1899171908

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Simply Build Green : A Technical Guide to the Ecological Houses at the Findhorn Foundation

Paperback, 224 pages
Publication date: September 1997

The theory, practice and products used in the Eco-Village Project at Findhorn. Combines standard building techniques and methods with the basic philosophy of ecological building and its application. Includes many b&w pictures.

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

Earth Shelter Handbook

Author(s): Tri, Arch Associates

Publisher: Tech Data Publications

ISBN: 9991614664

ISBN-13: 978-9991614663

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Earth Shelter Handbook Paperback Publication date: March 1980

The Earth Sheltered Owner-Built Home

The Earth Sheltered Owner-Built Home

The Earth Sheltered Owner-Built HomeAuthor(s): Barbara Kern, Ken Kern

Publisher: Owner Builder Publications

ISBN: 0910225001

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The Earth Sheltered Owner Built Home

Book teaches the earth sheltered method, siting, draining, wondow and door, waterproofing, landscaping, light and heat, and features photos on the Forestierre ( Clovis CA) underground house built by a French family decades ago with living trees in the grotto entrance. Discusses types of clay and uses, wattle & daub designs, features the Jane and Otis Mullan hoouse.

Also covers the Kern studio with its composite roof, working with clay, curvelinear design, and slip forms walls. Kern’s unique caast cement and rebar ( ferrocement ) hooped ribs and sawdust insulation have not been duplicated. Also some historical underground type shelters are coverd, with some photos.

265 pages, photos and drawings, index- $27.00 , xerographic.