The Natural House

Author(s): Dan Chiras

ISBN: 0890132578

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Gracious, comfortable and ecologically-benign homes are being built all across America. You may be intrigued by solar techniques and natural materials, yet lack an overview introducing the basic choices now available, along with the pros and cons of various building options. The Natural House addresses that interest with style and substance.

This exciting new book, written by a veteran author who himself lives in a straw-bale and rammed-tire home, takes the reader on a tour of fourteen natural building methods, including straw bale, rammed earth, cordwood, adobe, earthbags, papercrete, Earthships and more. You’ll learn how these homes are built, how much they cost, and the pros and cons of each. A resource guide at the end of every chapter offers a wealth of information.

This comprehensive sourcebook offers in-depth information that will guide your search for the perfect sustainable dream home. It’s a must for builders, contractors, architects and do-it-yourselfers.

With a writing style that is clear, understandable, at times humorous, and fun to read, the author shows how we can gain energy independence and dramatically reduce our environmental impact through passive heating and cooling techniques, solar electricity, wind power and micro-hydropower. Chiras also explains safe, economical ways of acquiring clean drinking water and treating wastewater, and discusses affordable green building products.

While Chiras is a strong advocate of natural building, he takes care not to romanticize natural building techniques. He alerts readers to avoidable pitfalls, offering detailed practical advice that could save you tens of thousands of dollars, whether you’re buying a natural home, building one yourself or renovating an existing structure or considering hiring a contractor to build for you.

468 pages, 2000

Treatment Wetlands

Treatment Wetlands

Treatment WetlandsAuthor(s): Robert H. Kadlec, Robert L. Knight

Publisher: Lewis Publishers, Inc

Hardcover: 928 pages

ISBN: 0873719301

ISBN-13: 978-0873719308

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This outstanding new book examines the planning, design, construction, and operation of wetlands used for water quality treatment. Treatment Wetlands is the first comprehensive book to systematically describe all aspects of this new technology. Topics include all major wetland configurations, wastewater sources, and combinations of climatic conditions.

This complete reference contains detailed information on wetland ecology, wetland water quality, selection of appropriate technology, design for consistent performance, construction guidance, and operational control through effective monitoring. Design approaches that can be tailored to specific wetland treatment projects are also included. Rule-of-thumb methods, regression-based empirical design approaches, and rational methods are explained facilitating wetland design based on multi-parameter input conditions.

Features:
* Includes engineered wetlands for municipal, industrial, and agricultural wastewater treatment
* Provides complete project planning, including comparison of specific wetland technology, site specific studies, permitting considerations, estimated construction and operation costs, and case histories
* Presents a summary of North American wetland treatment system database
* Covers design methods for treatment of biochemical oxygen demand, suspended solids, nitrogren, phosphorous, pathogens, and trace metals

The Composting Toilet System Book

The Composting Toilet System Book

The Composting Toilet System BookAuthor(s): David Del Porto and Carol Steinfeld

Publisher: Ecowaters Books (May 2000)

Paperback: 240 pages

ISBN: 0966678303

ISBN-13: 978-0966678307

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Composting toilet systems and other ecological waste water management methods are emerging around the world as nonpolluting and cost-saving alternatives to conventional wastewater systems. The Composting Toilet System Book covers a wide variety of ecological toilet options. The book details how to choose, install and maintain these systems, including:

 

  • Descriptions of more than 40 manufactured and site built systems and where to buy them.
  • Compatible toilet stools and micro-flush toilet installations.
  • Tips on choosing, planning, installing and maintaining your composting toilet system. (Including what the manufacturers don’t tell you!)
  • The experiences of owners-operators worldwide.
  • What you should know about graywater systems.
  • Regulations and advice about getting a system approved.

Long used by off-the-grid homeowners, parks and cottage owners, composting toilet systems are now making their way into conventional year-round homes. The technology has improved and is available in styles compatible with mainstream homes and lifestyles. At the same time, the economics have never been better, as both costs and restrictions for water and sewage are increasing.

In addition to providing technical information on various systems, the book profiles composting toilet system applications, provides United States permitting information and features key maintenance and operation information that the manufacturers do not provide. The book also contains application information about using these systems with graywater systems and flush toilets.

Find out how you can have a smaller leach field, reuse water in your landscape, reduce pollution and help prepare yourself for skyrocketing water and sewage costs.

The Composting Toilet System Book was co-authored by David Del Porto and Carol Steinfeld. David has more than 25 years of experience designing, selling and servicing thousands of composting toilet systems. He has also helped write regulations and performance standards. Carol is a writer, editor and technology transfer specialist focusing on ecological resource solutions.

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The Toilet Papers: Recycling Waste and Conserving Water

The Toilet Papers: Recycling Waste and Conserving Water

The Toilet Papers: Recycling Waste and Conserving WaterAuthor(s): Lim Van Der Ryn, Sim Van Der Ryn

Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co

ISBN: 0964471809

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A classic is back in print! One of the favorite books of 1970s back-to-the-landers, The Toilet Papers is an informative, inspiring, and irreverent look at how people have dealt with their wastes through the centuries. In a historical survey, Van der Ryn provides the basic facts concerning human wastes, and describes safe designs for toilets that reduce water consumption and avert the necessity for expensive and unreliable treatment systems. The Toilet Papers provides do-it-yourself plans for a basic compost privy and a variety of graywater systems.

How-To Editor’s Recommended Book, 02/01/97:
With a forward by Wendell Berry, this classic book from the 1970s is back in print! The history of how humans have dealt with their own waste is handled with intelligence (and wit), and the book provides up-to-date plans for the do-it-yourselfer on water-saving systems, composting privies, and practical greywater systems.

Constructed Wetlands in the Sustainable Landscape

Constructed Wetlands in the Sustainable Landscape

Constructed Wetlands in the Sustainable LandscapeAuthor(s): Craig Campbell and Michael Ogden

Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 22, 1999)

Paperback: 288 pages

ISBN: 0471107204

ISBN-13: 978-0471107200

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Constructed wetlands are gaining worldwide acceptance as effective, low-cost and low-impact alternatives to unsightly, high-impact wastewater treatment facilities. The creative involvement of today’s planners, landscape architects, developers, environmental engineers and public officials is helping to maximize the potential of these wetland habitats — from their aesthetics to their multiple uses as water treatment plants, wildlife refuges and recreational or educational facilities. Yet, to date, the literature has paid no attention to these aspects, focusing instead on the technical side of wetlands construction and function.

Constructed Wetlands in the Sustainable Landscape is the first book to integrate aesthetic design and planning issues with the technical aspects of wetlands engineering. Renowned landscape architect Craig S. Campbell and engineer Michael H. Ogden clearly demonstrate how the successful development and management of multifunctional, sustainable wetland habitats depend on harnessing the knowledge and working principles of a number of disciplines. Richly illustrated with real-world case studies, the book:

 

  • Covers the concept of sustainable development and the nature of wetland processes.
  • Discusses designs for new and existing municipal and small community wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Offers calculations for designing surface and subsurface flow wetlands.
  • Provides guidance for construction and operation.
  • Contains examples of on-site planning for, and management of, stormwater renovation, single-family residential systems and multiple-use systems.
  • Examines landscape engineering and planning for ponds, urban wildlife, and ecological art.

Clearly written and accessible to nonengineers and nonscientists, Constructed Wetlands in the Sustainable Landscape is a crucial guide for landscape architects, environmental engineers, planners, developers and government officials.

Review

“This book is a valuable resource to be consulted in the early planning stages of a wetland construction project, particularly where aesthetics and social acceptance are important factors.” (Theodore J. Hogan: Environmental Practice 3(1), March, 2001)”This book addresses a broad audience: water and environmental engineers, planners, landscape architects, developers and public officials responsible for planning and environment protection. Written in a clear way, it is accessible to a wider audience than engineers and scientists, and can be a useful compliment in studying. Indeed, anyone interested in sewage treatment, water protection, landscape planning and ecology may find this book useful. Specialists may benefit from a new, broader perspective on their professional problems.” (Hydrological Sciences Journal, Feb. 2002)