Keyword: natural building

    Making Better Buildings

    Making Better Buildings

    A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and Contractors

    From foundation to finish, a wealth of information is available on sustainable construction methods - entire volumes have been published on individual green and natural building techniques. But with so many different ideas to choose from, there is …

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    Stoneview

    Stoneview

    How to Build an Eco-Friendly Little Guesthouse

    Stoneview is an octagonal cordwood masonry timber-framed guesthouse with a living roof, located in upstate New York, fully constructed and finished for just $6,000.

    In response to the enormous interest in this unique little home, author/builder Rob …

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    The Complete Cordwood DVD

    The Complete Cordwood DVD

    The Complete Cordwood DVD demonstrates all aspects of the technique of cordwood masonry, whereby walls are constructed from mortar and "log ends." Packed with practical how-to information, innovative design ideas and inspiring, instructive …

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    Building With Awareness

    Building With Awareness

    The Construction of a Hybrid Home DVD and Guidebook

    Constructing a straw bale solar home requires the merging of solar design with alternative building techniques. Books are useful for accessing information on these topics quickly and easily, while videos are a great way to show actual building …

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    Earth-Sheltered Houses

    Earth-Sheltered Houses

    How to Build an Affordable Underground Home

    An earth-sheltered, earth-roofed home has the least impact upon the land of all housing styles, leaving almost zero footprint on the planet.

    Earth-Sheltered Houses is a practical guide for those who want to build their own underground home at …

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    More Straw Bale Building

    More Straw Bale Building

    How to Plan, Design and Build with Straw

    Straw bale houses are easy to build, affordable, super energy efficient, environmentally friendly, attractive, and can be designed to match the builder's personal space needs, esthetics, and budget. Despite mushrooming interest in the technique, …

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    Earthbag Building

    Earthbag Building

    The Tools, Tricks and Techniques

    Over seventy percent of Americans cannot afford to own a code-enforced, contractor-built home. This has led to widespread interest in using natural materials -- straw, cob, and earth -- for building homes and other buildings that are inexpensive, …

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    Timber Framing for the Rest of Us

    Timber Framing for the Rest of Us

    A Guide to Contemporary Post and Beam Construction

    Many natural building methods rely upon the use of post and beam frame structures that are then in-filled with straw, cob, cordwood, or more conventional wall materials. But traditional timber framing employs the use of finely crafted jointing and …

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