The EcoNest Home

Author: Paula Baker-Laporte
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1771422025
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Step-by-step instructions to build your own beautiful, environmentally friendly, healthy natural home.

Econest

Author: Paula Baker-Laporte
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
ISBN: 158685691X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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EcoNest identifies homes designed and built respectfully, in appreciation of the harmony and beauty of nature and in a way that uses nature's resources so as to consume less energy, create less waste, nurture our health, and enrich our senses. BRA bird builds its nest using the materials at hand to create a perfect shelter for its bioregion. It doesn't fly to the next state for twigs nor does it build a home that is bigger than it needs. Instinctively it creates an environment that is nurturing, nontoxic, and free of synthetic chemicals. Like the bird, humans desire shelter that is cozy and nurturing, that satisfies the soul, mind, and body. This is the econest. BR

Prescriptions for a Healthy House

Author: Paula Baker-Laporte
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1550924109
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The Healthy House bible revised, updated and expanded, including contributions from leading North American building biologists.

Essential Light Straw Clay Construction

Author: Lydia Doleman
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1771422327
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Light straw clay – straw mixed with clay slip – is a code compliant high-performance, low-impact building material with excellent insulation and moisture handling qualities. This highly illustrated step-by-step guide to light straw clay for stud, timber, pole, and other framing styles covers material specifications and best use, mixing and installation, retrofits, code compliance, and finishing and maintenance.

Light Earth Building

Author: Franz Volhard
Publisher: Birkhäuser
ISBN: 3035606455
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Over the last 30 years, interest has grown in using clay as an environmentally friendly building material that has proved its ideal sustainability for centuries. Light earth constructions, where a wooden framework or timber-framed walls are infilled with clay and fiber material, have extraordinarily solid, structural characteristics. Earth constructions are no longer considered exotic today, which, in part, is due to this standard work. The publication presents the use of this “old” building material comprehensively and modernly, and contains many practical tips about simplifying designs as well as using prefabricated clay materials in the contemporary construction process. The selected project examples show the diversity of this building material, and the self-build projects demonstrate the beauty of working with lightweight earth using your own hands. The book is aimed at builders, architects and engineers, producers and artisans, as well as self-builders.

Essential Sustainable Home Design

Author: Chris Magwood
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1771422408
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Essential Sustainable Home Design walks homebuilders through designing an environmentally friendly home, starting with key concepts, principles, and a project vision. Covering what makes a building green, a criteria matrix to guide design, material, and systems decisions, assembling a professional team, working with code officials, and choosing sustainable materials to keep the project goals on track from start to finish.

Essential Sustainable Home Design

Author: Chris Magwood
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1771422408
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Essential Sustainable Home Design walks homebuilders through designing an environmentally friendly home, starting with key concepts, principles, and a project vision. Covering what makes a building green, a criteria matrix to guide design, material, and systems decisions, assembling a professional team, working with code officials, and choosing sustainable materials to keep the project goals on track from start to finish.

Light Earth Building

Author: Franz Volhard
Publisher: Birkhäuser
ISBN: 3035606455
Format: PDF
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Over the last 30 years, interest has grown in using clay as an environmentally friendly building material that has proved its ideal sustainability for centuries. Light earth constructions, where a wooden framework or timber-framed walls are infilled with clay and fiber material, have extraordinarily solid, structural characteristics. Earth constructions are no longer considered exotic today, which, in part, is due to this standard work. The publication presents the use of this “old” building material comprehensively and modernly, and contains many practical tips about simplifying designs as well as using prefabricated clay materials in the contemporary construction process. The selected project examples show the diversity of this building material, and the self-build projects demonstrate the beauty of working with lightweight earth using your own hands. The book is aimed at builders, architects and engineers, producers and artisans, as well as self-builders.

Houses for a New World

Author: Barbara Miller Lane
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691167613
Format: PDF
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While the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, and their contemporaries frequently influences our ideas about house design at the midcentury, most Americans during this period lived in homes built by little-known builders who also served as developers of the communities. Often dismissed as “little boxes, made of ticky-tacky,” the tract houses of America’s postwar suburbs represent the twentieth century’s most successful experiment in mass housing. Houses for a New World is the first comprehensive history of this uniquely American form of domestic architecture and urbanism. Between 1945 and 1965, more than thirteen million houses—most of them in new ranch and split-level styles—were constructed on large expanses of land outside city centers, providing homes for the country’s rapidly expanding population. Focusing on twelve developments in the suburbs of Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles, Barbara Miller Lane tells the story of the collaborations between builders and buyers, showing how both wanted houses and communities that espoused a modern way of life—informal, democratic, multiethnic, and devoted to improving the lives of their children. The resulting houses differed dramatically from both the European International Style and older forms of American domestic architecture. Based on a decade of original research, and accompanied by hundreds of historical images, plans, and maps, this book presents an entirely new interpretation of the American suburb. The result is a fascinating history of houses and developments that continue to shape how tens of millions of Americans live. Featured housing developments in Houses for a New World: Boston area: Governor Francis Farms (Warwick, RI) Wethersfield (Natick, MA) Brookfield (Brockton, MA) Chicago area: Greenview Estates (Arlington Heights, IL) Elk Grove Village Rolling Meadows Weathersfield at Schaumburg Los Angeles and Orange County area: Cinderella Homes (Anaheim, CA) Panorama City (Los Angeles) Rossmoor (Los Alamitos, CA) Philadelphia area: Lawrence Park (Broomall, PA) Rose Tree Woods (Broomall, PA)

Earthen Floors

Author: Sukita Reay Crimmel
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 155092561X
Format: PDF
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Down and dirty – a complete step-by-step guide to making, installing, and living with beautiful, all-natural earthen floors