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The first comprehensive guide to combining traditional natural materials and modern construction methods.

From adobe to straw bales, traditional building materials are being adapted to meet code-required standards for health and safety in contemporary buildings around the world. Not only are they cost effective and environmentally friendly, but, when used correctly, these natural alternatives match the strength and durability of many mainstream construction materials.

This book examines a broad range of traditional and modern natural construction methods, including straw-bale, light-clay, cob, adobe, rammed earth and pise, earthbag, earth-sheltered, bamboo, and hybrid systems. It also covers key ecological design principles, as well as current engineering and building code requirements.

Experts on each building system have contributed core chapters that explore the history, development, climatic appropriateness, environmental benefits, performance characteristics, construction techniques, and structural design principles for each method. More than 200 visuals depict both construction processes and completed structures. An extensive resource guide shows where to go for further information, training, and research.

In an increasingly resource-conscious era, alternative construction is truly an idea whose time has come. Whether you're an architect, designer, student, or homeowner, this book will help you to combine indigenous building materials with modern construction systems and design standards to create low-impact, high-quality buildings that meet the highest levels of comfort, health, and safety.

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Elizabeth is a consultant and author on sustainable community development and ecological design; Adams is an architect and consultant in construction management and ecological design. They offer a guide to the non-industrialized materials and assemblies currently evolving as ecological, low-impact options for residential and low-rise construction. The study is intended to augment rather than replace the many technical manuals that have appeared as natural building has blossomed over the past decade or two. They cover adobe, cob, rammed earth, earthbag, light-clay, straw-bale, hybrid, and bamboo.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Elizabeth is a consultant and author on sustainable community development and ecological design; Adams is an architect and consultant in construction management and ecological design. They offer a guide to the non-industrialized materials and assemblies currently evolving as ecological, low-impact options for residential and low-rise construction. The study is intended to augment rather than replace the many technical manuals that have appeared as natural building has blossomed over the past decade or two. They cover adobe, cob, rammed earth, earthbag, light-clay, straw-bale, hybrid, and bamboo. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In an increasingly resource-conscious era, alternative construction is truly an idea whose time has come. Whether you're an architect, designer, student, or homeowner, this book will help you to combine indigenous building materials with modern construction systems and design standards to create low-impact, high-quality buildings that meet the highest levels of comfort, health, and safety.

Synopsis:

This is the first comprehensive guide to the "natural" construction practices that are gaining popularity within the sustainable design community and mainstream construction throughout the world. Each chapter covers a specific building method and features a brief history, along with information on bio-regional appropriateness, environmental benefits, performance characteristics, construction techniques, application, and code considerations.

Synopsis:

The complete guide to selecting and using natural materials for building

Covering a broad range of options for natural building, Alternative Construction examines straw bale, light clay, cob, adobe, rammed earth and pisé, earthbag, earth-sheltered, bamboo, and hybrid systems for residential and low-rise commercial structures.

Over thirty well-known experts on each building system—including Athena Swentzell Steen and Bill Steen (coauthors of The Straw Bale House), David Easton (author of The Rammed Earth House), and Joseph Kennedy and Michael Smith (editor and author of The Art of Natural Building)—have contributed core chapters that explore the history, development, environmental benefits, and engineering and building code requirements for each method. More than 200 visuals depict both construction processes and completed structures, while an extensive resource guide shows where to go for further information, training, and research.

Editors Lynne Elizabeth and Cassandra Adams have provided, in the words of Environmental Building News, "a terrific overview of various methods for building with earth, straw, and bamboo . . . Alternative Construction is an enlightening, sometimes fascinating, combination of voices."

Whether you're a designer, builder, or owner, this book will help you to combine indigenous building materials with modern construction systems to create low-impact, high-quality buildings that meet the highest levels of comfort, health, and safety.

About the Author

LYNNE ELIZABETH is a consultant and author on sustainable community development and ecological design. She currently directs New Village Press, a publishing project of ADPSR, and resides in Temescal Commons, a solar-powered cohousing community in Oakland, California.

CASSANDRA ADAMS is an architect and consultant in construction management and ecological design. She has taught architecture, construction, and environmental courses at the University of Washington and the University of California–Berkeley.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD (Bob Berkebile, FAIA; Sim Van der Ryn)

PREFACE.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.

Part I. DESIGN PRINCIPLES.

1. Introduction.

The Natural Building Movement  (Lynne Elizabeth).

The Realities of Specifying Environmental Building Materials (Cassandra Adams).

2. A New Context for Building Codes and Regulation (David Eisenberg).

3. Natural Conditioning of Buildings (Ken Haggard, Polly Cooper, and Jennifer Rennick with assistance from Phil Niles).

4. Structural Properties of Alternative Building Materials (Bruce King, P.E.).

PART II. SYSTEMS AND MATERIALS.

5. Adobe (Michael Moquin).

6. Cob (Michael Smith).

7. Rammed Earth (David Easton).

8. Modular Contained Earth Earthbag (Joseph Kennedy and Paulina Wojciechowska with special acknowledgment of the work of Nader Khalili).

Earth-Rammed Tires (Michael Reynolds).

9. Light Clay (Robert Laporte and Frank Andresen with special acknowledgment of the work of Franz Volhard).

10. Straw-Bale (Kelly Lerner, Bob Theis, and Dan Smith).

11. Bamboo (Darrel DeBoer and Karl Bareis).

12. Earthen Finishes Earth Plasters (Carole Crews).

Earth Floors (Bill and Athena Steen).

Part III. APPLICATIONS.

13. Integrated Systems with Rammed Earth

Charles Sturt University, Thurgoona Campus, New South Wales, Australia (Marci Webster-Mannison)).

14. Straw, Clay, and Carrizo Obregon Project, Northern Mexico (Bill and Athena Steen).

15. Light-Clay House Additions School/Residence in Wisconsin (Lou Host-Jablonski, AIA).

16. Variations on Earth bag The Honey House—Moab, Utah (Kaki Hunter and Doni Kiffmeyer)

Residences in Arizona and Wisconsin (Dominic Howes).

Sandbag House, Rum Cay Island, Bahamas (Steve Kemble and Carol Escott).

17. The Value of Indigenous Ways

Habitat for Humanity International (C. Wayne Nelson).

18. Building Technology Transfer

Raising Straw-Bale Housing for Farm workers in California (Kelly Lerner, Dan Smith, and Bob Theis).

Introduction of Straw-Bale Construction to Mongolia and China (Kelly Lerner).

Epilogue.

Finding the Soul of Natural Building (Tom Bender).

Appendix A: Recommended References.

Appendix B: Alternative Construction Resource Centers.

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS.

INDEX.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471719380
Editor:
Elizabeth, Lynne
Editor:
Adams, Cassandra
Editor:
Elizabeth, Lynne
Editor:
Adams, Cassandra
Author:
Adams, Cassandra
Author:
Elizabeth, Lynne
Publisher:
John Wiley & Sons
Subject:
Design & Drafting
Subject:
Building
Subject:
Sustainable Development
Subject:
Methods & Materials
Subject:
Construction - General
Subject:
Green products
Subject:
Architecture-Specifications and Detail
Subject:
Construction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
March 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.06x7.64x1.00 in. 1.76 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In an increasingly resource-conscious era, alternative construction is truly an idea whose time has come. Whether you're an architect, designer, student, or homeowner, this book will help you to combine indigenous building materials with modern construction systems and design standards to create low-impact, high-quality buildings that meet the highest levels of comfort, health, and safety.
"Synopsis" by , This is the first comprehensive guide to the "natural" construction practices that are gaining popularity within the sustainable design community and mainstream construction throughout the world. Each chapter covers a specific building method and features a brief history, along with information on bio-regional appropriateness, environmental benefits, performance characteristics, construction techniques, application, and code considerations.
"Synopsis" by , The complete guide to selecting and using natural materials for building

Covering a broad range of options for natural building, Alternative Construction examines straw bale, light clay, cob, adobe, rammed earth and pisé, earthbag, earth-sheltered, bamboo, and hybrid systems for residential and low-rise commercial structures.

Over thirty well-known experts on each building system—including Athena Swentzell Steen and Bill Steen (coauthors of The Straw Bale House), David Easton (author of The Rammed Earth House), and Joseph Kennedy and Michael Smith (editor and author of The Art of Natural Building)—have contributed core chapters that explore the history, development, environmental benefits, and engineering and building code requirements for each method. More than 200 visuals depict both construction processes and completed structures, while an extensive resource guide shows where to go for further information, training, and research.

Editors Lynne Elizabeth and Cassandra Adams have provided, in the words of Environmental Building News, "a terrific overview of various methods for building with earth, straw, and bamboo . . . Alternative Construction is an enlightening, sometimes fascinating, combination of voices."

Whether you're a designer, builder, or owner, this book will help you to combine indigenous building materials with modern construction systems to create low-impact, high-quality buildings that meet the highest levels of comfort, health, and safety.

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