Series Edited by Chris Magwood & Jen Feigin

THE SUSTAINABLE BUILDING ESSENTIALS SERIES covers the full range of natural and green building techniques with a focus on sustainable materials and methods and code compliance. Firmly rooted in sound building science and drawing on decades of experience, these large-format, highly-illustrated manuals deliver comprehensive, practical guidance from leading experts using a well-organized step-by-step approach. Whether your interest is foundations, walls, insulation, mechanical systems or final finishes, these unique books present the essential information on each topic including:

  • Material specifications, testing and building code references
  • Plan drawings for all common applications
  • Tool lists and complete installation instructions
  • Finishing, maintenance and renovation techniques
  • Budgeting and labor estimates
  • Additional resources

Written by the world’s leading sustainable builders, designers and engineers, these succinct, user-friendly handbooks are indispensable tools for any project where accurate and reliable information are key to success. GET THE ESSENTIALS!



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Series Titles

  • Essential Light Straw Clay Construction, Lydia Doleman, Spring 2017
  • Essential Sustainable House Design, Chris Magwood, Spring 2017
  • Essential Cordwood Construction, Rob Roy, Fall 2017
  • Essential Natural Plasters, Fall 2017
  • Essential Low-Carbon House Design, Fall 2017
  • Essential High Performance Framing, Spring 2018
  • Essential Cob Construction, Spring 2018
  • Essential Rammed Earth Construction, Spring 2018
  • Essential Tiny House Construction, Spring 2018
  • Essential Green Roofs, Fall 2018
  • Essential Composting Toilets, Fall 2018
  • Essential Earthbag Construction, Fall 2018
  • Essential Rainwater Harvesting and Use, Fall 2018