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The first comprehensive guide to the state-of-the-art in green design. This one-of-a-kind collection of "green" writings--from seminal figures such as Paolo Soleri and Buckminster Fuller, to unsung pioneers of alternative materials and experimental methods, to experts around the world--makes possible for the first time a grand overviewof ecological design in architecure and planning. It's also an unparalleled source of much-needed inspiration, job-simplyfying details, and how-to's for the real-world structures and plans that are an everyday part of your work.
* The best A-TO-Z book available on "green" design
* Covers everything from alternative energy source hardware to design...aesthetics...permaculture...energy-saving retrofitting...interior air quality...hybrid construction materials...cohousing...bioremediation...infrastructure... and the New Urbanism
* Practical guidance on zoning, financing, and implementation
* Up-to-the-minute ideas of international leaders in the field
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Table of Contents
Part I: Architecture and Building: The Greatest Opportunity.
Why Go Green?
Green Building Design.
Why is Architecture Oblivious to the Environment.
Part II: Site.
Nature and Architecture.
How to Uncover the Secrets of the Land.
Selecting a Site for Your Passive Solar Home.
The Living Landscape: An Ecological Approach to Landscape Planning.
The Passive Solar Concept.
Passive Solar: Sunspaces and Special Design Considerations.
Calculating Solar Energy and Power.
Building the Home Energy Machine.
Wind Power Evaluating the Technology-What Works and What Doesn't.
Part IV: Alternative Materials and Construction.
History and Evolution of Earth Construction.
Benefits of Straw Bale Construction.
The Building Envelope: Walls, Roofs, and Foundations.
Part V: Alternative Living.
The Case for Reuse.
Indoor Air Quality.
Villages Around the World.
Part VI: Eco Politics.
The Seduction of Planning.
The Economics of Building Codes and Standards.
Part VII: Waste, Bioremediaiton,andPermaculture.
From Bioshelters to Solar Villages to Future Human Settlements.
Living Machines and the Years Ahead.
Part VIII: Architects and Their Work.
The House That Max Built.