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Sustainable Building Essentials Series Launched

by: Sara on 06/13/2016

We are excited to announce that the Sustainable Building Essentials Series has officially launched with the release of Essential Hempcrete Construction, The Complete Step-by-step Guide by the series co-editor Chris Magwood.

THE SUSTAINABLE BUILDING ESSENTIALS SERIES was written with the practical, sustainable builder in mind. This unique series …

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What is a Rocket Mass Heater?

by: Sara on 05/19/2016

While heating with wood is often considered a natural and economical alternative to electricity or fossil fuels, even with a fairly new and efficient stove, many cords of wood are required for a single winter and incomplete combustion can contribute to poor air quality.

A rocket mass heater is an earthen masonry heating system which provides clean, …

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Enlivenment - The Revolution of Biology

by: EJ on 02/25/2016

What is life? In The Biology of Wonder: Aliveness, Feeling and the Metamorphosis of Science  scientist Andreas Weber resolves this fundamental enigma, arguing that humans, like all living beings, are creative, evolutionary forces who cannot exist apart from nature. This landmark work demonstrates that our connection to Earth’s complex web of …

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New Sustainable Building Essentials Series dedicated to cofounder Kip Plant

by: Sara on 09/09/2015

Christopher (Kip) Plant (1950 – 2015) was cofounder of New Society Publishers Canada and very passionate about sustainable building methods.  Prior to his passing he was very excited to see this series coming together and after many years of acquiring books on the topic he was delighted that New Society Publishers was taking on the entire

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The 25 Principles of Building Biology

by: Sara on 07/28/2015

Today's blog post is an excerpt from The Econest Home, Designing & Building A Light Straw Clay House by the creators of the EcoNest concept Paula Baker Laporte and Robert Laporte.

Most of us have come to understand the importance and benefits of eating local organic food, both to our health and the planet when compared to conventionally grown, …

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