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Design for Water (PDF)

Design for Water (PDF)

Rainwater Harvesting, Stormwater Catchment and Alternate Water Reuse

In an era of dwindling resources, water is poised to become the new oil as the entire world now faces the reality of a decreasing supply of clean water. To avert a devastating shortage, we must not only look at alternate water sources for existing …

Building With Awareness

Building With Awareness

The Construction of a Hybrid Home DVD and Guidebook

Constructing a straw bale solar home requires the merging of solar design with alternative building techniques. Books are useful for accessing information on these topics quickly and easily, while videos are a great way to show actual building …

Your Green Home

Your Green Home

A Guide to Planning a Healthy, Environmentally Friendly, New Home

More and more homeowners today want houses that are healthy to live in and cause minimal damage to the environment. That's what green building is all about.

Your Green Home is written for homeowners planning a new home - whether you are working with …

Earth-Sheltered Houses

Earth-Sheltered Houses

How to Build an Affordable Underground Home

An earth-sheltered, earth-roofed home has the least impact upon the land of all housing styles, leaving almost zero footprint on the planet.

Earth-Sheltered Houses is a practical guide for those who want to build their own underground home at …

More Straw Bale Building

More Straw Bale Building

How to Plan, Design and Build with Straw

Straw bale houses are easy to build, affordable, super energy efficient, environmentally friendly, attractive, and can be designed to match the builder's personal space needs, esthetics, and budget. Despite mushrooming interest in the technique, …

Earthbag Building

Earthbag Building

The Tools, Tricks and Techniques

Over seventy percent of Americans cannot afford to own a code-enforced, contractor-built home. This has led to widespread interest in using natural materials -- straw, cob, and earth -- for building homes and other buildings that are inexpensive, …

Green Remodeling

Green Remodeling

Changing the World One Room at a Time

Whether because of changing lifestyles or simply because houses are becoming outdated, millions of North Americans are renovating their homes every year, spending more money annually on renovation than on new home construction. But renovations can …

Homes That Heal (and those that don't) (PDF)

Homes That Heal (and those that don't) (PDF)

How Your Home May be Harming Your Family's Health

Media reports focus increasingly on the declining health of children in industrialized countries. Asthma, autism, learning and behavior problems, and cancer are all on the rise. At the same time there is consistent news about poor indoor air …