Healthy by Design Revised: Building and Remodeling Solutions for Creating Healthy Homes

Healthy by Design Revised: Building and Remodeling Solutions for Creating Healthy Homes

Healthy by Design Revised: Building and Remodeling Solutions for Creating Healthy Homes

Author(s): David Rousseau, James Wasley

Paperback: 318 pages

Publisher: Hartley & Marks; 2 edition (July 1999)

ISBN: 0881791776

ISBN-13: 978-0881791778

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Is your house painted w/potentially irritating chemicals? are your heating and ventilation systems working for or against you? ‘Healthy by Design’ can show you how to make your home a toxin-free sanctuary…learn about the hidden risks posed by modern materials and construction techniques…how to test for pollutants …where to build…how to design the healthiest possible home that is also energy and resource efficient… Included are 79 healthy bldg solutions… comprehensive guide for the owner, designer and builder… 9 detailed case studies of new and remodeled homes…

Thermal Delight in Architecture

Thermal Delight in Architecture

Thermal Delight in ArchitectureAuthor(s): Lisa Heschong

Publisher: Mit Press

ISBN: 026258039X

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Our thermal environment is as rich in cultural associations as our visual, acoustic, olfactory, and tactile environments. This book explores the potential for using thermal qualities as an expressive element in building design.Until quite recently, building technology and design has favored high-energy-consuming mechanical methods of neutralizing the thermal environment. It has not responded to the various ways that people use, remember, and care about the thermal environment and how they associate their thermal sense with their other senses. The hearth fire, the sauna, the Roman and Japanese baths, and the Islamic garden are discussed as archetypes of thermal delight about which rituals have developed — reinforcing bonds of affection and ceremony forged in the thermal experience. Not only is thermal symbolism now obsolete but the modern emphasis on central heating systems and air conditioning and hermetically sealed buildings has actually damaged our thermal coping and sensing mechanisms. This book for the solar age could help change all that and open up for us a new dimension of architectural experience.

Paperback
Publication date: January 1980

Ancient Futures : Learning from Ladakh

Ancient Futures : Learning from Ladakh

Ancient Futures : Learning from LadakhAuthor(s): Helena Norberg-Hodge, Peter Matthiessen

Publisher: Sierra Club Books

ISBN: 0871566435

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The swiftly evolving socioeconomic life of Ladakh, whose people struggle to balance growth and technology with cultural values, offers crucial lessons in sustainable development. This gripping portrait of the western Himalayan land known as “Little Tibet” moves from the author’s first visit to idyllic, nonindustrial Ladakh in 1974 to the present, tracking profound changes as the region was opened to foreign tourists, Western goods and technologies, and pressures for economic growth. These changes in turn brought generational conflict, unemployment, inflation, environmental damage, and threats to the traditional way of life.
Appalled by these negative impacts, the author helped establish the Ladakh Project (later renamed the International Society for Ecology and Culture) to seek sustainable solutions that preserve cultural integrity and environmental health, while addressing the Ladakhis’ hunger for modernization. This model undertaking effectively combines educational programs for all social levels with the design, demonstration, and promotion of appropriate technologies such as solar heating and small-scale hydro power.


Examining how modernization changes the way people live and think, Norberg-Hodge challenges us to redefine our concepts of “development” and “progress.” Above all, Ancient Futures stresses the need to carry traditional wisdom into the future—our urgent task as a global community.

 

204 pages Publication date: September 1992

From Eco-Cities to Living Machines : Principles of Ecological Design

From Eco-Cities to Living Machines : Principles of Ecological Design

From Eco-Cities to Living Machines : Principles of Ecological DesignAuthor(s): Nancy Jack Todd, John Todd

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1556431503

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From Eco-cities to Living Machines presents the ecologically-based working designs and prototypes of biologist John Todd and writer and environmental activist Nancy Todd. Since 1969 with the founding of New Alchemy Institute on Cape Cod, the Todds have become known world-wide for their leadership in the restoration of pure water, bioremediation of wild aquatic environments, food production, and urban design. In this new book, the Todds further develop the idea of Eco-cities, designs for integrating agriculture and flowing pure water into green urban settings and introduce Living Machines, a family of technologies for purifying wastewaters to tertiary quality effluent without chemicals. Provocative and grounded firmly in the principles of biodiversity, the Todds’ work encompasses site-specific technological interventions and systems-wide ecological planners and designers, environmental economists, and systems-based engineers working to change the way we utilize production, technology, water and energy.

2nd Edition
Paperback, 185 pages
Publication date: April 1994

Table of Contents
Preface: The Years Between
Ch. 1. New Alchemy: Where It All Began
Ch. 2. From Bioshelters to Solar Villages to Future Human Settlements
Ch. 3. Emerging Precepts of Biological Design
Ch. 4. Redesigning Communities
Ch. 5. The Surrounding Landscape
Ch. 6. The Transforming Energy
Epilogue: Living Machines and the Years Ahead
Notes and References
Index

The Independent Home : Living Well With Power from the Sun, Wind, and Water

Cover, The Independent Home : Living Well With Power from the Sun, Wind, and WaterAuthor(s): Michael Potts

Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co

ISBN: 0930031652

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Paperback, 224 pages
Publication date: October 1993

How-To Editor’s Recommended Book, 11/01/97:
Whether you already own a home or plan to build one, The Independent Home will show you how to transform it into an energy-efficient, comfortable, self-sustainable home of the future– right now. Michael Potts’s home has been featured on the ABC evening news as an example of the sane approach to simple living; he demonstrates how one can live well, save money, save resources, and still retain modern conveniences and comfort. The Independent Home proves that it is not necessary to live in mud-floored huts and cook brown rice over a campfire to go back to the land.

From Booklist , 10/15/93: An instructive guide to living without the electric and gas companies, by Potts and interviewees who have broken from the power grid. The homes of people interviewed are far from primitive, containing all the conveniences of modern life, though there is the occasional cold shower. Potts advocates a return not to nature, but to a more independent time, and that’s accomplished here mostly by college-educated people who like doing things for themselves. Their experiences are as instructive from a social point of view (a sort of enviro-ethic meets Yankee pragmatism) as for the many possible ways of converting your house to energy independence. Potts also suggests home improvements for energy savings in existing homes, as well as explanations of how our appliances, heating, and air-conditioning systems do–and don’t–work from an energy point of view. A commonsense approach to energy self-reliance. Copyright© 1993, American Library Association. All rights reserved

The author, Michael Potts: mpotts@solarnet.org , 08/31/96:
We can all learn from renewable energy pioneers It took me 20 years to get ready to write my book — tinkering, visiting, figuring arcane technology out — it is SO much easier now! But independent homesteaders offer us all lessons on using our energy better. We waste half the energy we buy, while they, who carefully harvest every electron, teaspoon of water, and therm of heat, strive to waste as little as possible. This work reconnects them with the planet in ways we all need to emulate as the last fossil fuel energy crisis takes us over. There are important lessons in my book about phantom loads, free energy sources, and small habit changes that have helped many on-the-gridders reduce their energy bills by 30% – 60% — enough to buy a new copy of my book (and give it to a friend) every month! I am continuing the work and planning a new book for the rest of us, who in the next 20 years will have to reform our own domestic energy use. Please visit my web page: www.solarnet.org for ideas and to help me gather the best energy tips.

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jonwil@primenet.com , 10/09/96, rating=9:
Required reading for all homosapiens! Because of my total infatuation with the first book (I’m assuming, first) I would get the next without question. Occasionally, this is a mistake, but I don’t think it will be a disappointment. Please quote anything from me regarding how great I think this work is. I find the book an escape on the line of the old, big Sears catalogs that we called the wish book when I was a kid. An often somewhat dry subject spiced with real people living the life. I have read and re-read it many times. I hope for for a sequel that dipicts the continuing state of the art and the folks he interviewd 5 years later. A style with the technical interspersed with the personalities is very refreshing. It’s like learning while reading People Magazine. I felt myself wanting to read more about the people and their feelings. Where Potts injected his opinions, this made me want to read more of what he thought about the life styles and conditions he visited. His opinions about the building departments and reglatory agencies were right on! I wanted to go storm the local building Department with his book in hand as ammunition.

Table of Contents
Foreword By John Schaeffer
Introduction
Ch. 1. Declaring Independence vCh. 2. Homework: Outgrowing Dependence
Ch. 3. Harvesting Our Own Power
Ch. 4. Home Utilities
Ch. 5. The Tree Game: Reckoning Our Footprints On the Planet
Ch. 6. Choosing a Site for Energy
Ch. 7. Planning a New Independent Home
Ch. 8. Building the Home Energy Machine
Ch. 9. Pioneering and Settling the New Energy Frontier
Ch. 10. Home Entropy: Improvements and Repairs
Ch. 11. Growing With the Land
Ch. 12. Generalists and Specialists
Ch. 13. Living With Constant Change
Ch. 14. Solar Neighborhoods
Ch. 15. Independent Futures
Glossary
Bibliography
Resource List
Index

Your Natural Home: A Complete Sourcebook and Design Manual for Creating a Healthy, Beautiful, Environmentally Sensitive House

Cover, Your Natural Home: A Complete Sourcebook and Design Manual for Creating a Healthy, Beautiful, Environmentally Sensitive HouseAuthor(s): Janet Marinelli, Paul Bierman-Lytle

Publisher: Little Brown & Company

ISBN: 0316093025 (hardcover), 0316093033 (paperback)

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Synopsis:
Drawing upon the expertise of one of the world’s premier designers of ecologically sensitive houses, this unique guide provides both inspiration and practical advice for creating a natural, more energy-efficient home. The heart of the book is a compendium of 2,000 building, remodeling and decorating products. Detailed illustrations & informative sidebars.

Independent Builder : Designing & Building a House Your Own Way

Cover, Independent Builder : Designing & Building a House Your Own Way Author(s): Sam Clark

Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co

ISBN: 0930031857

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How-To Editor’s Recommended Book, 02/01/97:
Subtitled Designing and Building a House Your Own Way, this is the book for anyone thinking about building their own home. It is comprehensive, detailed and covers subjects I have never before seen covered in home building books, like how to make a small house seem bigger, incorporating ergonomics and accessibility, doing your own drawings and scale models, making contracts that work, and working effectively with professional designers and builders. With detailed diagrams and photographs, this is the most thorough overall guide to building your own home I have ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot!).

Design Outlaws on the Ecological Frontier

Cover, Design Outlaws on the Ecological Frontier Author(s): Chris Zelov, Phil Cousineau and Brian Dantz

Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co

ISBN: 096503061X

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Paperback Publication date: April 1997

300 pages, 225 photos

Buckminster Fuller was a design outlaw. He shattered preconceived notions of how buildings and machines should be put together. The result was the geodesic dome, the 60 mile-per-gallon Dymaxion Car, the self-sufficient Dymaxion House and host of other inventions that influenced a new wave of designers. In making their award-winning film, Ecological Design, Chris Zelov and Phil Cousineau interviewed 26 present-day design outlaws. To expand on the film, they published this book. Both the film and the book are brimming with the ideas and prototypes of the trailblazers who have defined ecological design over the past thirty years.

Here’s a partial list of the outlaws: Brendan O’Reagan, Ian McHarg, Douglas Adams, John Todd, Jay Baldwin, Stewart Brand, Mary Catherine Bateson, Paul McCready, William McDonough, Amory and Hunter Lovins, Hazel Henderson, Pliny Fisk, Paolo Soleri, Christopher Alexander, John Connell and many more. These forward-thinking designers have defied convention with new ideas on shelter, energy, transportation and industry. In addition to being thought-provoking, these colorful characters are very entertaining.

Table of Contents

Chapter One:
Into the Fuller Universe
Thomas Hughes: The Frontier Spirit of Invention
Harold Cohen: Design as a Way of Making the World Work
Brendan O’Reagan: Outlaw Creativity
Douglas Adams: The Mad Ones; The Original Ones
John Todd: The Innovator’s Sense of Urgency
J. Baldwin: Encounters with the Mentor
Ian McHarg: Fuller’s Contribution
Paul MacCready: The Inventive Process

Chapter Two:
From a Machine for Living to Living Machines
Ian McHarg: Why is Architecture Oblivious to the Environment
James Wines: Towards a New Architecture
Edmund Bacon: Nature as Design Paradigm Stewart Brand: Sitting at the Counterculture
J. Baldwin: Into the Design Revolution
Tony Gwilliam: Organic Building
Mary Catherine Bateson: Understadning Natural Systems
William McDonough: Not a Machine for Living in – A Living Machine!

Chapter Three:
The Intelligent Use of Energy
Amory Lovins: The Road Least Taken
Hunter Lovins: The Rocky Mountain Institute
Peter Calthorpe: Whole-Systems Design
Hazel Henderson: Redefining Wealth
J. Baldwin: On Tools
Harold Cohen: Money is Money
William McDonough: Designing for Interdependance

Chapter Four:
The Galactic Explorer Perspective
Paul MacCready: The Galactic Explorer Comes to Visit
Brendan O’Reagan: Thinking in Interplanetary Terms
Pliny Fisk: Systems in Continuous Evolution
John Allen: The Cosmic Drama
Harold Cohen: Making the World Work for All Humanity
Duane Elgin: The Univeral Liturgy
John Todd: The New Alchemists
William McDonough: Reviving the Ancient Art of Design
James Wines: Developing a New Iconography

Chapter Five:
The Emergence of an Ecological Design Science
Ian McHarg: On the Origins of Ecological Design
Brendan O’Reagan: Heading for an Aesthetic of the Invisible
William McDonough: The Multiplier Effect in Design
Carol Franklin & Lesley Sauer: Synergistic Solutions
Tony Gwilliam: Comprehensive Anticipatory Design
Christopher Alexander: Design for Living Structures
Gail Vittori & Pliny Fisk: Obstacles to Sustainable Design
Mary Catherine Bateson: Making the Earth Our Home

Chapter Six:
The New Collective Dream
Paolo Soleri: Tranforming the Urban Condition
Tony Gwilliam: Integrated Architecture
Amory Lovins: Retrofitting Our Cities
Leslie Sauer & Carol Franklin: The Greening of the City
Christopher Alexander: The Living Structure Approach to Design
Mike Corbett: Why Can’t We Build Better Communities?
Virginia Thigpen: Community – Conceived Designs
Jaime Lerner: The Collective Dream

Chapter Seven:
Writing the New Codes
Peter Calthorpe: The History of the Codes
Douglas Adams: The Infinite Virtual Address
Duane Elgin: Mutually Assured Development
Paul MacCready: Education as an Odyssey of the Mind
James Wines: Design Education
Ian McHarg: Teaching the Ecological World View
Mike Corbett: Reinventing Design Education
Hazel Henderson: The Importance of Self-Education
William McDonough: a Shift from Style to Substance
Tom Casey: The Transformation of Business
J. Baldwin: Future Housing
Mary Catherine Bateson: A Future that Looks Like Home

Afterword: Toward a Design Curriculum for the 21st Century

Biography: R. Buckminster Fuller J. Baldwin: Teaching Comprehensive Design Science David Sellers: Antiques of the Future John Connel: Towards A Design Curriculum Anthony Walmsley: Ecological Design: Myth or Method

Towards Sustainable Architecture: European Directives and Building Design (Butterworth Architecture Legal Series)

Cover, Towards Sustainable Architecture: European Directives and Building Design (Butterworth Architecture Legal Series)Author(s): Brian Edwards

Publisher: Butterworth Architecture

ISBN: 0750624922

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Card catalog description:
Brian Edwards explains the new responsibilities and opportunities for architects emanating from environment laws and directives. The practice of architecture is increasingly constrained by new legislation aimed at protecting the enviromnent and the consumer, mainly the result of directives from the European Commission. The broadening of environmental controls means that questions of environmental assessment, impact on ecosystems or heritage sites, energy use, safety requirements and environmental audits have become part of the daily life of architecture. The effect of the legislation is to create a new architectural order where low ecological impact and minimum energy use generate the form and style of building. In this essential reference book, Brian Edwards and a team of expert contributors set out the important principles which may help in the practice of architecture. As fresh controls are enacted, new skills and knowledge are needed which this book outlines through principles and case studies.

Booknews, Inc. , 06/01/96:
Samples some of the ideas and actual buildings that have emerged from European architects’ response to legislation and public demand for low ecological impact and minimum energy use. Considers the European Commission regulations, construction materials, energy and pollution, visual and cultural impacts, environmental health and safety, recycling, biodiversity, and other aspects. Illustrated in black and white. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Midwest Book Review:
In Towards Sustainable Architecture, Brian Edwards explains the new responsibilities and opportunities for architects emanating from environmental laws, especially those which derive from Euro-directives. The practice of architecture is increasingly constrained by new legislation aimed at protecting the environment and the consumer, mainly the result of directives from the European Commission. The broadening of environmental controls, entailing desirable ‘green’ principles, means that questions of environmental assessment, impact on ecosystems or heritage sites, energy use, safety requirements and environmental audits have become part of the daily life or architecture. Towards Sustainable Architecture is an essential reference book wherein Edwards and a team of expert contributors set out the important principles which may assist in the practice of architecture.

Table of Contents
Introduction
1. The environmental context
2. The implications of the Maastricht Treaty on design
3. Maastricht and the architect
4. A layman’s guide to EC law
5. The Construction Products Directive
6. The Architects’ Directive: mutual recognition of qualifications
7. The construction industry and global warming
8. CFCs, HCFCs and other ozone depleting gases
9. Reducing air pollution by better design and urban development
10. An overview of energy and building design
11. Technical factors in the design of sustainable commercial buildings By Lori McElroy
12. Renewable energy
13. The potential of wind power By Lawrie O’Connor
14. Environmental impact assessment
15. Predicting visual impacts by computer aided visual impact analysis By Thomas W. Maver, Jelena Petric
16. Environmental audits
17. Protecting Europe’s cultural heritage
18. A-Z of environmental impacts of commonly used building products, processes and services and related design issues
19. Environmental health and pollution problems with buildings
20. Environmental health and building occupation
21. Environmental health and safely on building sites
22. An overview of environmental safety and the architect By Paul Yaneske
23. Waste management and recycling
24. Contaminated land use
25. The EC eco-labelling scheme
26. Biodiversity
27. Ecology energy and building: the importance of landscape
28. Sustainable development: EC and UK policy and international agreements
29. Case studies of sustainable urban development
30. New laws, new responsibilities
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

Dimensions (in inches): 10.78 x 8.58 x .63

Affordable Passive Solar Homes

Cover, Affordable Passive Solar HomesAuthor(s): Richard Crowther

Publisher: American Solar Energy Society

ISBN: 0916653005

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Affordable Passive Solar Homes
Richard Crowther
Publication date: June 1984
Low-cost, compact designs.