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Builders of the Pacific Coast
Builders of the Pacific Coast
by Lloyd Kahn
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As the founding editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications, Inc. and the former editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, Lloyd Kahn boasts a long history of stellar publications, and his latest is no exception. Builders of the Pacific Coast showcases some of the... (read more)

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The Straw Bale House (Real Goods Independent Living Book)
The Straw Bale House (Real Goods Independent Living Book)
by Athena Swentzell Steen
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Imagine building a house with superior seismic stability, fire resistance, and thermal insulation, using an annually renewable resource, for half the cost of a comparable conventional home. Welcome to the straw bale house! Whether you build an entire... (read more)

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The Hand-Sculpted House: A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage
The Hand-Sculpted House: A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage
by Ianto Evans
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Are you ready for the Cob Cottage? This is a building method so old and so simple that it has been all but forgotten in the rush to synthetics. A cob cottage,cobb, however, might be the ultimate expression of ecological design, a structure so attuned to... (read more)

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Solar House : Passive Heating and Cooling (02 Edition)
Solar House : Passive Heating and Cooling (02 Edition)
by Chiras
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-265) and index.... (read more)

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The Northwest Green Home Primer: Hundreds of Ideas for Building, Remodeling, and Buying Green
The Northwest Green Home Primer: Hundreds of Ideas for Building, Remodeling, and Buying Green
by Kathleen O'Brien and Kathleen Smith
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Award-winning sustainable design and building consultant and teacher Kathleen O'Brien and architectural designer and sustainability consultant Kathleen smith offer advice that is both down-to-earth and cutting edge, with regional examples from new and... (read more)

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Earthen Floors: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Practice
Earthen Floors: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Practice
by Sukita Reay Crimmel
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For most of human history, people have lived in durable, comfortable buildings made from natural materials such as soil, sand, rocks, and fiber. All over the globe, these ancient traditions persist; a quarter to a third of the world's population today... (read more)

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Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes Around the Globe
Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes Around the Globe
by Sheri Koones
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The rising cost of fuel and the growing commit­ment to protect the environment have sparked exciting innovations in prefab home construction. Showcasing the unlimited possibilities offered by prefabrication to build incredibly energy-efficient... (read more)

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Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter
Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter
by Lloyd Kahn
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Master builder Louie Frazier's Japanese-style pole house in Northern California, reachable on a 500" cable across a river / Ian MacLeod's handbuilt stone house in South Africa, where baboons jump on the roof at night / Ma Page's bottle house in the... (read more)

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Your Green Home: A Guide to Planning a Healthy, Environmentally Friendly New Home
Your Green Home: A Guide to Planning a Healthy, Environmentally Friendly New Home
by Alex Wilson
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Written for homeowners planning a new home, this text answers some of the big-picture questions relating to having a home designed and built that is healthy to live in and causes minimal damage to the environment.... (read more)

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Treehouses in Paradise: Fantasy Designs for the 21st Century
Treehouses in Paradise: Fantasy Designs for the 21st Century
by David Greenberg
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Floor plans, computer-generated renderings, elevation plans, and scale models appear with the wildly creative designs, along with descriptive essays by the architects, bringing these high-tech, low-cost structures to life, and giving readers a look into... (read more)

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Adobe Houses for Today: Flexible Plans for Your Adobe Home
Adobe Houses for Today: Flexible Plans for Your Adobe Home
by Laura Sanchez
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ADOBE HOUSES FOR TODAY features 12 plans for compact, beautifully-proportioned adobe homes in modern and traditional styles. Yet the book offers much more. The richly-illustrated text shows how the basic houses, designed for today's smaller families, can... (read more)

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Designing Your Natural Home: A Practical Guide
Designing Your Natural Home: A Practical Guide
by David Pearson
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One of the pioneers of incorporating the green movement into home design, David Pearson now offers a complete guide for creating an eco-home. Informative, clear, and with factual advice, tips, and beautiful color photos, Designing Your Natural Home takes... (read more)

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Being Sustainable: Building Systems Performance
Being Sustainable: Building Systems Performance
by Dennis Fukai
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The book uses 3D graphics, videos, and models to illustrate the challenge of designing and installing sustainable building systems. The book uses a graphic narrative style. The plot of this narrative follows the sequence of system installations... (read more)

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The New Ecological Home: A Complete Guide to Green Building Options
The New Ecological Home: A Complete Guide to Green Building Options
by Daniel D Chiras
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For anyone interested in building for a sustainable future, Chiras provides a wealth of up-to-date and practical information on green building techniques, materials, products and cutting-edge technologies.... (read more)

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The Adobe Book
The Adobe Book
by John F Oconnor
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A fully illustrated, detailed how-to covering every phase of construction from soil and blocks to heating, electricity, plumbing, interiors, exteriors and landscaping. O'Connor was a civil engineer with considerable knowledge of adobe construction... (read more)

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The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes
The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes
by Athena Steen
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While enthusiasts of straw bales praise the exceptional energy efficiency of bale buildings, and the wise use of resources involved in utilizing an agricultural byproduct as an affordable construction material, the real reason straw bales have excited... (read more)

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Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery
Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery
by Charles Kibert
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Reflecting the latest developments in the green building movement, and updated to include coverage of LEED 2009,Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery, Second Edition guides construction and design professionals through the process... (read more)

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Off the Grid: Modern Homes and Alternative Energy
Off the Grid: Modern Homes and Alternative Energy
by Lori Ryker
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Off the Grid confronts the ecological and cultural problems associated with the way we get and use energy, and explains how it is possible to live in a beautifully designed home using much less--no matter where your home is located.... (read more)

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Making Better Buildings: A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and Contractors
Making Better Buildings: A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and Contractors
by Chris Magwood
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From foundation to finish, a wealth of information is available on sustainable construction methods—entire volumes have been published on individual green and natural building techniques. But with so many different ideas to choose from, there is no... (read more)

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Living Homes: Sustainable Architecture and Design
Living Homes: Sustainable Architecture and Design
by Suzi Moore Mcgregor
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At a time when sustainable living has never been more popular, we're proud to offer a paperback edition of Living Homes, published ahead of its time as a hardcover in 2001. Hundreds of photographs tour the interiors and gardens of22 admirable homes made... (read more)

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