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The Hybrid House: Designing with Sun, Wind, Water, and Earthby Catherine Wanek
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Like hybrid cars, hybrid or zero net energy houses reduce energy requirements with smart design, energy-saving construction techniques, and home-generated power. Author/filmmaker Wanek (The Art of Natural Building, The Straw Bale Solution) presents sustainable strategies that utilize natural energy sources and building materials. Color photographs showcase a dozen new and eco-renovation houses from each region of the US and Europe, with specifics given on the site, challenges, costs, and strategies. The guide lists recommended resources. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Hybrid House highlights real people who have used a combination of design strategies to reduce their energy use - sometimes by as much as 90 percent Author and photographer Catherine Wanek showcases sustainable new and renovated houses that incorporate natural building materials like straw bales, adobe and real wood, with renewable energy systems, that will minimize a modern home's carbon footprint, while ensuring a healthy environment for residents. See inspiring contemporary examples from the United States, Canada and Europe.
Catherine Wanek is the author and photographer of The New Strawbale Home and co-editor/author of The Art of Natural Building. She lives in Hillsboro, New Mexico.
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