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From Pubs to Permaculture

by: Sara on 12/07/2016

On this 7th day of our 12 Days of Giving sale, one of our editors, Rob West, shares his story of transitioning from "hygge" in the big city to "hygge" on the homestead. You can follow Rob's journey, including the building of his passive home, on his blog The Handcrafted Life. 

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A Good Way to Inhabit the Landscape – Cozy Russian Cabins

by: EJ on 12/06/2016

Today’s blog is an excerpt from the recently released Shrinking the Technosphere: Getting a Grip on the Technologies that Limit our Autonomy, Self-sufficiency and Freedom by Dmitry Orlov. Today we get an inside look at a rustic Russian village cabin...can you say hygge! This and all new Society books are 35% off until December 12th. Just enter …

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Last Day of Fall Book Sale

by: Sara on 09/30/2016

It has certainly been an interesting week for New Society Publishers. As mentioned in yesterdays's blog post, Gabriola Island, where New Society is located, suffered a major power outage when a barge, carrying a crane, took out the power lines that connect Mudge Island and Garbiola Island to the main power grid on Vancouver Island. Although …

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What is a Rocket Mass Heater?

by: Sara on 05/19/2016

While heating with wood is often considered a natural and economical alternative to electricity or fossil fuels, even with a fairly new and efficient stove, many cords of wood are required for a single winter and incomplete combustion can contribute to poor air quality.

A rocket mass heater is an earthen masonry heating system which provides clean, …

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The One Book the Green Building Industry Needs to Read

by: EJ on 05/10/2016

Jerry Yudelson's Reinventing Green Building: Why Certification Systems Aren't Working and What We Can Do About It has just come off press.  Nicknamed the "Godfather of Green", Jerry Yudelson is the ideal person to write this insider's critique of the LEED certification system.

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