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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 …

Prescriptions for a Healthy House, 3rd Edition

Prescriptions for a Healthy House, 3rd Edition

A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders & Home Owners

Although there is nothing complicated about constructing healthier homes, building for health is still not standard practice, and in fact there are many aspects of conventional home construction that are detrimental to human wellbeing.

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The EcoNest Home

The EcoNest Home

Designing and Building a Light Straw Clay House

Full colour throughout

An EcoNest is not just a home – it is a breathtakingly beautiful structure that nurtures health and embraces ecology. This unique approach to construction combines light straw clay, timber framing, earthen floors, natural …

Green Home Building

Green Home Building

Money-Saving Strategies for an Affordable, Healthy, High-Performance Home

According to conventional wisdom, building a green home is an expensive endeavor. The standard approach treats green as an add-on, tacking "premium" products, finishes and equipment onto a traditional home design. As a result, many green home …

The Art of Natural Building - Second Edition - Completely Revised, Expanded and Updated

The Art of Natural Building - Second Edition - Completely Revised, Expanded and Updated

Design, Construction, Resources

The popularity of natural building has grown by leaps and bounds, spurred by a grassroots desire for housing that is healthy, affordable and environmentally responsible. While there are many books available on specific methods such as strawbale …

Earthen Floors

Earthen Floors

A Modern Approach to an Ancient Practice

For most of human history, people have lived in durable, comfortable buildings made from natural materials such as soil, sand, rocks and fiber. All over the globe, these ancient traditions persist; a quarter to a third of the world's population …

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 …

Housing Reclaimed

Housing Reclaimed

Sustainable Homes for Next to Nothing

Housing is a fundamental human right. For most of human history, our homes were built by hand from whatever local materials were available. However, since the Industrial Revolution, most housing has become little more than quickly constructed, …