Keyword: natural building

    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 …

    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 …

    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 …

    Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction

    Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction

    The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

    Prefabricated straw bale wall panels combine the performance and low environmental impact of traditional straw bale with reduced labor and more consistent results. These structural insulated panels (SIPs) are built offsite and transported to the job …

    The Scoop on Poop

    The Scoop on Poop

    Safely capturing and recycling the nutrients in greywater, humanure and urine

    Flush it and forget it is the plumbing mantra of the industrialized world. Most people just want sewage to go away, preferably without having to see, smell, or worse yet, touch it. But crap has a bad rap. Human waste is a valuable resource we can …