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The Rocket Mass Heater Builder's Guide

The Rocket Mass Heater Builder's Guide

Complete Step-by-Step Construction, Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Heating with wood is often considered a natural and economical alternative to electricity or fossil fuels. However, even with a fairly new and efficient woodstove, many cords of wood are required for burning over the course of a single winter, and …

Reinventing Green Building

Reinventing Green Building

Why Certification Systems Aren't Working and What We Can Do About It

Buildings and their associated systems are the largest source of greenhouse gases in the world. The 2030 Challenge aims to produce zero net -energy from new North American construction by 2030 while achieving a 50% reduction in carbon emissions from …

Essential Hempcrete Construction

Essential Hempcrete Construction

The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

Hempcrete is a versatile, energy-efficient natural insulation material, useful for walls, roofs and floors. Made from the inner stem of the hemp plant mixed with a lime-based binder, it is a very strong, lightweight and breathable alternative to …

Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction

Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction

The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

Prefabricated straw bale wall panels combine the performance and low environmental impact of traditional straw bale with reduced labor and more consistent results. These structural insulated panels (SIPs) are built offsite and transported to the job …

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 …