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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, …

Simply Imperfect

Simply Imperfect

Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House

Wabi-sabi is about appreciating the simple and letting go of the superficial – the perfect antidote for a society in recovery from a decades-long consumerist binge. In 2004 The Wabi-Sabi House helped popularize this ancient Japanese philosophy in …

The Human-Powered Home

The Human-Powered Home

Choosing Muscles Over Motors

What if I could harness this energy? An unusual question for anyone putting in a long stint on a treadmill perhaps, and yet human power is a very old, practical and empowering alternative to fossil fuels. Replacing motors with muscles can be …

The Integral Urban House: Self Reliant Living in the City

The Integral Urban House: Self Reliant Living in the City

The Integral Urban House: Self Reliant Living in the City is a comprehensive guide to achieving a completely sustainable urban lifestyle by creating a mini-ecosystem where residents grow their own fruits and vegetables, raise chickens, rabbits, and …

Choosing Green (PDF)

Choosing Green (PDF)

The Home Buyer's Guide to Good Green Homes

Energy efficient, non-toxic, healthy homes are the hottest trend in the building industry. Homebuilders are constructing green homes in astonishing numbers -- nearly 200,000 in the US alone in 2006.

How does a home buyer who wants a green home know …