Keyword: sustainability

    Essential Cordwood Construction

    Essential Cordwood Construction

    The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

    Cordwood construction — log-ends set in insulated mortar — is a versatile, economical, low-impact, and beautiful building method. Its durability and performance has been proven in beautiful, centuries-old buildings in North America and Europe.

    The New Carbon Architecture

    The New Carbon Architecture

    Building to Cool the Climate

    "Green buildings" that slash energy use and carbon emissions are all the rage, but they aren't enough. The hidden culprit is embodied carbon — the carbon emitted when materials are mined, manufactured, and transported — comprising some 10% of …

    related subjects: Climate Change
    The Clean Money Revolution

    The Clean Money Revolution

    Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism

    By 2050, $40 trillion will change hands in North America alone.

    From Boomers to Millennials, the largest intergenerational wealth transfer in history is underway and the ramifications will remake the world.

    The dirty money of "business as usual" is on …

    related subjects: New Economies
    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 …

    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 …

    Grow Create Inspire

    Grow Create Inspire

    Crafting a Joyful Life of Beauty and Abundance

    How can we embrace the absolute necessity of preserving and protecting the earth for our descendants, creating a future in which there is still clean water to drink, fresh air to breathe, and fresh, healthy food vital to human existence?

    Grow Create …

    related subjects: Education & Parenting
    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 …