Keyword: sustainability

    Essential Natural Plasters

    Essential Natural Plasters

    A Guide to Materials, Recipes, and Use

    Natural plasters made of clay, lime, and other materials mixed with sand are beautiful building finishes. Fun to work with, low-impact, and allowing infinite creativity, they are high performance and provide proven, centuries-long durability.

    Yet …

    Essential Earthbag Construction

    Essential Earthbag Construction

    The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

    Earthbag construction — building with polypropylene bags usually filled with earthen materials — is a versatile, easy-to-master, low-impact, and highly durable form of building, suitable for structures from houses to root cellars.

    Containing over …

    Culture Gap

    Culture Gap

    Towards a New World in the Yalakom Valley

    The time is the early 1980s. Judith Plant and her new partner, Kip, are ready for a change. Inspired by the charismatic Fred Brown, their communications professor at Simon Fraser University, they join a commune in a remote valley near the Yalakom …

    related subjects: Conscious Community
    Essential Cordwood Construction

    Essential Cordwood Construction

    The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

    Cordwood construction — log-ends set in insulated mortar — is a versatile, economical, low-impact, and beautiful building method. Its durability and performance has been proven in beautiful, centuries-old buildings in North America and Europe.

    The New Carbon Architecture

    The New Carbon Architecture

    Building to Cool the Climate

    "Green buildings" that slash energy use and carbon emissions are all the rage, but they aren't enough. The hidden culprit is embodied carbon — the carbon emitted when materials are mined, manufactured, and transported — comprising some 10% of …

    related subjects: Climate Change
    The Clean Money Revolution

    The Clean Money Revolution

    Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism

    By 2050, $40 trillion will change hands in North America alone.

    From Boomers to Millennials, the largest intergenerational wealth transfer in history is underway and the ramifications will remake the world.

    The dirty money of "business as usual" is on …

    related subjects: New Economies
    Essential Sustainable Home Design

    Essential Sustainable Home Design

    A Complete Guide to Goals, Options, and the Design Process

    Many people dream of building a beautiful, environmentally friendly home. But until now there has been no systematic guide to help potential builders work through the complete process of imagining, planning, designing, and building their ideal, …

    Essential Light Straw Clay Construction

    Essential Light Straw Clay Construction

    The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

    Light straw clay — straw mixed with clay slip — is a versatile, easy-to-use wall building material. Also called "slip-straw," its durability has been proven in beautiful, centuries-old buildings across Northern Europe and in modern …