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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 …

Sewage Solutions

Sewage Solutions

Answering the call of nature

Rather than polluting watercourses with sewage, many ways exist to recycle it. Sewage Solutions explains such natural methods of treatment as reed beds, cess pits, water stabilization ponds, septic tanks and compost toilets, and also describes how …

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Whether because of changing lifestyles or simply because houses are becoming outdated, millions of North Americans are renovating their homes every year, spending more money annually on renovation than on new home construction.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

Timber Framing for the Rest of Us

Timber Framing for the Rest of Us

A Guide to Contemporary Post and Beam Construction

Many natural building methods rely upon the use of post and beam frame structures that are then in-filled with straw, cob, cordwood, or more conventional wall materials. But traditional timber framing employs the use of finely crafted jointing and …

The Natural Plaster Book (EPUB)

The Natural Plaster Book (EPUB)

Earth, Lime and Gypsum Plasters for Natural Homes

For builders of natural homes (straw bale, cob, adobe, rammed earth, and other natural materials), this unique step-by-step guide takes the confusion out of choosing, mixing, and applying natural plasters.

From principles to practicalities, and with …