Site, Space, and Structure

Author(s): Kim W. Todd

Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company

ISBN: 0894644807

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Site, Space, and Structure by Kim W. Todd
Van Nostrand Reinhold Company Inc., 1985.

This book is not written from a consciously sustainable perspective, but since it is a good, comprehensive treatise on site analysis and design, it covers most sustainable factors. It includes an excellent list of issues to consider, arranged in four categories: Man-made or manufactured Factors, Natural Factors, Social/Psychological/Cultural Factors, and Quality and Aesthetic Factors.

Protecting Ecosystems and Communities: A Resource Book

Protecting Ecosystems and Communities: A Resource BookAuthor(s): US EPA

Publisher: EPA Office of Sustainable Ecosystems and Communities

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Office of Sustainable Ecosystems and Communities Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Mail Code 2182) 401 M Street, S.W.
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Over the last twenty-five years, federal and state anti-pollution laws have achieved many notable environmental successes. Local communities often play a prominent role in addressing many of the most pressing environmental concerns. Central to these concerns is the need for clean and vital ecosystems. Healthy ecosystems support human health, plants, and animals. They also provide recreational opportunities and support local economies dependent upon fish, game, forests, and other resources. Full protection of our nation’s ecosystems requires communities and individuals to conserve
or restore habitats and solve other environmental problems not specifically
addressed by traditional regulatory approaches.

Over many years, a number of communities in the country have initiated their own successful community-based environmental efforts. Indeed, the first anti-pollution laws around the turn of the century were local ones. This publication draws on the experiences of many different communities to provide examples of community-based environmental programs and key approaches, information, and other tools that communities are using

 

People, Land, and Community

People, Land, and CommunityAuthor(s): Hildegarde Hannum (Editor), Nancy Jack Todd (Introduction), E. F. Schumacher

Publisher: Yale Univ Press

ISBN: 0300071736 (paperback). 0300069669 (hardcover)

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People, Land, and Community: Collected E. F. Schumacher Society Lectures Hardcover 352 pages June 1997

From Kirkus Reviews , February 1, 1997

An outstanding collection of talks devoted to the late economist E.F. Schumacher’s “small is beautiful” ethic. Founded in 1981 by the environmental writer David Ehrenfeld and others, the E.F. Schumacher Society has sponsored some 40 lectures by noted scholars and thinkers on problems of land use, agriculture, urban planning, and other eminently practical fields. The 21 lectures gathered here by Hannum, a board member of the society, address Schumacher’s call for small-scale economies and polities, a call that the Kentucky farmer-poet Wendell Berry, for one, has made his own; Berry’s talk, on the need for local production and local consumption, provides the title for the collection. Other high points are Robert Swann and Susan Witt’s ingenious discussion of local currencies, in which cities ike Ithaca, N.Y., issue scrip to buy local goods and services, drawing on a barter pool of talent and material; and the book’s afterword, by the young scholar Benjamin Strauss, on bringing notions of stewardship and land reform to Generation Xers, who seem prime candidates for the environmental crusade. As Strauss notes, this generation volunteers more time for social causes than any other age cohort of the last 30 years. Francis Moore Lappeâ discusses, with her customary commonsensical approach, problems of world hunger; David Ehrenfeld examines why university bureaucracies are hostile to small-scale research projects (they don’t generate enough overhead funds, Ehrenfeld writes, and thus fail to fuel what he calls a system that has no `negative feedback’); and Stephanie Mills looks at the problems of restoring damaged lands to something like their original state. Many of these lectures went on to spawn books, among them Cities and the Wealth of Nations by Jane Jacobs and The Conquest of Paradise by Kirkpatrick Sale. For environmentalists, regional planners, and interested lay readers, this book contains abundant food for thought. — Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Degradation of environment and community, along with its economic causes, has been the subject of much concern in recent years. In this book, some of the most respected authorities in the field discuss the historical, cultural, social, political, and economic implications of this degradation and suggest citizen initiatives that may halt it. Contributors explore topics that range from agricultural reform to bioregional economics. They all, however, focus on the importance of sustainability, community, healthy and locally based economies of scale, education, the dignity of good work, and balance between human needs and the well-being of the natural world. The book is based on the annual lecture series sponsored by the E. F. Schumacher Society, a series honoring the ideas that Schumacher first put forward in his classic book Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered.

HyGCHP Hybrid Groundsource Heat Pump Modeling Software

Reduce the cost of implementing geothermal heat pump systems on your building projects by going hybrid. A hybrid geothermal heat pump system can lower your costs by reducing the peak capacity of your ground loop and allowing you to install a smaller, less expensive ground heat exchanger. HyGCHP is a software module that can help you analyze this option!

An easy-to-use, but sophisticated method of analyzing various hybrid geothermal configurations is one piece that has been missing from the world of geothermal analysis tools. With our free modeling tool, HyGCHP (Hybrid Ground-Coupled Heat Pumps) you can use the powerful TRNSYS-based ground heat exchanger module1 to investigate several configurations of geothermal system, including both conventional geothermal systems and various hybrid options, from heating dominated to cooling dominated systems.

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Eco-City Dimensions: Healthy Communities Healthy Planet

Cover, Eco-City Dimensions : Healthy Communities Healthy Planet Author(s): Mark Roseland (Editor)

Publisher: New Society Pub

ISBN: 0865713537

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Eco-City Dimensions : Healthy Communities Healthy Planet

Hardcover January 1997

Eco-City Dimensions demonstrates that movement is definitely under way toward implementing the vision of eco-cities, and that citizen organizations and municipal officials around the world are initiating creative solutions to harsh social and environmental challenges. Eco-City Dimensions honors the crucial role that cities play in planetary health, while presenting a variety of inspiring proposals for improving communities to meet the challenge of sustainability.

Many critical global environmental concerns are rooted at the local level, in the cities in which most of us live. It follows that local communities may well offer the brightest promise for solving a variety of these pressing world-scale problems. In Eco-City Dimensions, more than a dozen contributors tackle issues of ecological economics and community design, collaborative housing and traffic restraint programs, governance and resource management, cross-cultural dynamics and community participation, indicators of success and overcoming barriers to change. With examples from the United States, Canada, northern Europe, Australia and New Zealand, these thought-provoking and stimulating essays reveal a wealth of wisdom and talent being brought to bear on securing a sustainable future for us all.

Resource Guide for Creating Successful Communities; A Guidebook to Growth Management Strategies

Resource Guide for Creating Successful Communities; A Guidebook to Growth Management StrategiesAuthor(s): Michael A. Mantell, Stephen F. Harper, Luther Propst

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1559630310

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Resource Guide for Creating Successful Communities; A Guidebook to Growth Management Strategie

Developed to assist users of Creating Successful Communities, the Resource Guide for Creating Successful Communities includes a detailed outline of the many tax benefits of private land conservation; examples of ordinances covering all land types, articles of incorporation, bylaws, and easements; and a glossary of growth management tools.

Paperback, 210 pages
Publication date: January 1990

Booknews, Inc. , 10/01/90:
Developed for civic activists, policymakers, and planners, this useful volume gives practical guidelines for developing workable action plans for restoring distinctiveness and livability to communities, and provides strategies for effective participation in growth-management decisionmaking. It includes profiles of communities that are already putting growth-management strategies to work. Produced by The Conservation Foundation. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. SEE ALSO: Creating Sucessful Communities.

The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream

Cover, The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream Author(s): Peter Calthorpe

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

ISBN: 1878271687

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Paperback, 175 pages
Publication date: June 1993

Art and Architecture Editor’s Recommended Book, 04/01/97:
One of the foremost practitioners of New Urbanism, Peter Calthorpe, an urban designer and architect based in Berkeley, California, offers one of the most coherent and persuasive arguments for moving the United States away from sprawl and toward more compact, mixed-use, economically diverse, and ecologically sound communities. This book presents 24 of Calthorpe’s regional urban plans, in which towns are organized so that residents can be less dependent upon their cars and can walk, bike, or take public transportation between work, school, home, and shopping. This book is not just for architects and urban planners, but for all concerned citizens interested in developing a cohesive, feasible vision of the sustainable city of the future.

Booknews, Inc. , 02/01/94:
Advocates a fundamental change in patterns of building to respond to the growth crisis in US metropolitan regions. Defines a new direction, and provides guidelines–not an architectural manifesto or utopian proposal, but the alternatives currently shaping debate regarding housing, traffic, and environmental and social problems. Describes numerous real projects from various regions. Abundantly illustrated. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

The publisher , 06/28/96:
California-based architect and planner Peter Calthorpe has moved beyond suburb bashing and published an intelligent, coherent vision of humane, walkable, ecologically sound cities that could shape American development into the 21st century. The Next American Metropolis is equal parts polemic, practical how-to guidelines, and personal portfolio.–Robert Gerloff, Utne Reader Passionate and practical, holistic and plain speaking, as good a summary of the many problematic and interwoven dimensions of sprawl as has recently appeared….The polemic flirts with, but stops short of, apocalyptic projection, reverting instead to common sense persuasiveness…. [Calthorpe has] led a courageous, lonely insurgency against the sheer banality of much contemporary suburban planning.–Alex Krieger, International Contract

The Sauna

Cover, The SaunaAuthor(s): Rob Roy

Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co

ISBN: 0930031873

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Paperback, 208 pages
Publication date: March 1997

How-To Editor’s Recommended Book, 03/01/97:
This book could be called Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Saunas and Then Some! It is replete with sauna history; tradition; health benefits; a complete, detailed guide to building one for yourself, along with resources for equipment and supplies; and instructions on the proper use and maintenance of saunas. You name it, it’s here!

Customer Comments

koralglo@netrom.com from Bloomingdale, New Jersey , 11/03/97, rating=5:
It is a book about rather specific sauna I ordered that book because I wanted to construct a sauna in my basement. Based on the publisher’s recommendation I felt very confident that I will find all the necesseary information to help me with my project. To my deepest disappointment this book deals only with a very specific type of a sauna: one that is constructed from logs in a cement base.

Table of Contents
Introduction
1. About Saunas
2. Cordwood Masonry
3. The Post-and-Beam Log End Sauna
4. The Earthwood (Round) Sauna
5. The Sauna Stove
6. Variations on the Theme
7. Taking a Sauna
App. 1. Sauna Equipment Manufacturers and Distributors
App. 2. Sauna Societies
App. 3: Annotated Bibliography
App. 4. Glossary of Finnish Sauna Terms
Index

Prescriptions for a Healthy House: A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders and Homeowners

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

04/21/98:
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: pbaker@trail.com , 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.

04/07/98:
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

04/07/98:
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
Index

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.