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Essential Sustainable Home Design

Essential Sustainable Home Design

A Complete Guide to Goals, Options, and the Design Process

Many people dream of building a beautiful, environmentally friendly home. But until now there has been no systematic guide to help potential builders work through the complete process of imagining, planning, designing, and building their ideal, …

Essential Light Straw Clay Construction

Essential Light Straw Clay Construction

The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

Light straw clay — straw mixed with clay slip — is a versatile, easy-to-use wall building material. Also called "slip-straw," its durability has been proven in beautiful, centuries-old buildings across Northern Europe and in modern …

Cordwood Building

Cordwood Building

A Comprehensive Guide to the State of the Art - Fully revised Second Edition

Cordwood masonry walls are low-cost, easy to build, aesthetically pleasing, and score high environmental points for making use of low-impact materials.

This fully revised 2nd edition of the most widely read and used book on cordwood construction …

Power from the Sun - 2nd Edition

Power from the Sun - 2nd Edition

A Practical Guide to Solar Electricity

Written for the layman, this is the fully revised and updated guide for individuals and businesses interested in generating their own electricity using the Sun. Practical and accessible, it provides a basic understanding of electricity, wiring, and …

Essential Building Science

Essential Building Science

Understanding Energy and Moisture in High Performance House Design

Poor heat and moisture management are the enemies of durable, comfortable, and efficient housing, and good building design and construction starts with a solid understanding of good building science.

Essential Building Science provides a highly …

The Rocket Mass Heater Builder's Guide

The Rocket Mass Heater Builder's Guide

Complete Step-by-Step Construction, Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Heating with wood is often considered a natural and economical alternative to electricity or fossil fuels. However, even with a fairly new and efficient woodstove, many cords of wood are required for burning over the course of a single winter, and …

Reinventing Green Building

Reinventing Green Building

Why Certification Systems Aren't Working and What We Can Do About It

Buildings and their associated systems are the largest source of greenhouse gases in the world. The 2030 Challenge aims to produce zero net -energy from new North American construction by 2030 while achieving a 50% reduction in carbon emissions from …

Essential Hempcrete Construction

Essential Hempcrete Construction

The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

Hempcrete is a versatile, energy-efficient natural insulation material, useful for walls, roofs and floors. Made from the inner stem of the hemp plant mixed with a lime-based binder, it is a very strong, lightweight and breathable alternative to …