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Essential Natural Plasters

Essential Natural Plasters

A Guide to Materials, Recipes, and Use

Natural plasters made of clay, lime, and other materials mixed with sand are beautiful building finishes. Fun to work with, low-impact, and allowing infinite creativity, they are high performance and provide proven, centuries-long durability.

Yet …

Essential Earthbag Construction

Essential Earthbag Construction

The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

Earthbag construction — building with polypropylene bags usually filled with earthen materials — is a versatile, easy-to-master, low-impact, and highly durable form of building, suitable for structures from houses to root cellars.

Containing over …

Essential Cordwood Building

Essential Cordwood Building

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.

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 …

Power from the Sun - 2nd Edition

Power from the Sun - 2nd Edition

A Practical Guide to Solar Electricity

Written for the layman, this is the fully revised and updated guide for individuals and businesses interested in generating their own electricity using the Sun. Practical and accessible, it provides a basic understanding of electricity, wiring, and …

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 …