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Sustainable Luxury: The New Singapore House, Solutions for a Livable Future

by Paul McGillick, Ph.D & Masano Kawana Tuttle Publishing (March 31, 2015)

Singapore is celebrated as one of the most livable cities in Asia, and Sustainable Luxury shows how the prosperous, forward-looking nation is pioneering innovative solutions for environmental, economic, social,...


Facade Refurbishment Toolbox.

by Thaleia Konstantinou, Tu Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment Tu Delft (September 05, 2014)

The starting point of the research is the need to refurbish existing residential building stock, in order to reduce its energy demand, which accounts for over one fourth of the energy consumption in the European...


Spatial planning and urban resilience in the context of flood risk.

by Pei-Wen Lu, Tu Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment Tu Delft (September 05, 2014)

Spatial planning is increasingly being considered as an important mechanism in coping with flood risk due to climate change. One of the reasons for this is that engineering approaches are increasingly expensive...


Green Home Building: Money-Saving Strategies for an Affordable, Healthy, High-Performance Home

by Miki Cook & Doug Garrett New Society Publishers (August 18, 2014)

Build a truly green home for the same total net cost as the conventional alternative


Why I Walk: Taking a Step in the Right Direction

by Kevin Klinkenberg New Society Publishers (August 11, 2014)

Save money, live better, walk more!


Earthen Floors: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Practice

by Sukita Reay Crimmel & James Thomson New Society Publishers (April 01, 2014)

Down and dirty – a complete step-by-step guide to making, installing, and living with beautiful, all-natural earthen floors


Making Better Buildings: A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and Contractors

by Chris Magwood New Society Publishers (February 24, 2014)

Sustainable building from the ground up – the pros and cons of the latest green and natural materials and technologies


Strategic investment of embodied energy during the architectural planning process

by Linda Hildebrand, Tu Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment Tu Delft (June 28, 2014)

This year's fifth issue of A+BE outlines the relevance of the building substance as factor for the overall sustainable performance of the built environment. It wants to sensibilize the designer for the ecological...


The Passive Solar House: Using Solar Design to Cool and Heat Your Home, 2nd Edition

by James Kachadorian Chelsea Green Publishing (July 31, 2006)

Revised and Expanded Edition - Includes CD-ROM with Custom Design Software

For the past ten years The Passive Solar House has offered proven techniques for building homes that heat and cool themselves, using...


The Green Museum: A Primer on Environmental Practice

by Sarah S. Brophy & Elizabeth Wylie AltaMira Press (March 21, 2013)

The Green Museum remains the leading handbook for museums seeking to learn ways to implement environmentally sustainable practices at their institutions. This new edition features updated standards, techniques,...


How to Build a Global Model Earthship Operation II: Concrete Work

by Michael Reynolds eBookIt.com (May 13, 2013)

This booklet is the second in a twelve part series that walks the owner/builder through the construction of a Global Model Earthship. This installment covers the concrete and steel strength of the building,...


How to Build a Global Model Earthship Operation I: Tire Work

by Michael Reynolds eBookIt.com (December 01, 2012)

This booklet is the first in a twelve part series that walks the owner/builder through the construction of a Global Model Earthship. This installment covers building the thermal mass walls out of tires, the...


The Green Museum: A Primer on Environmental Practice

by Sarah S. Brophy & Elizabeth Wylie AltaMira Press (August 07, 2008)

The Green Museum shows museum professionals how they can incorporate green design into new construction and day to day operations, using sustainable practices to save on operating costs and make museums attractive...


Straw Bale Building Details

by California Straw Building Association New Society Publishers (April 23, 2019)

The devil is in the details-the science and art of designing and building durable, efficient, straw bale buildings

Straw bale buildings promise superior insulation and flexibility across a range of design aesthetics,...


Rustic Carpentry

by Paul N. Hasluck & Ralph Kylloe Skyhorse (August 17, 2007)

With an introduction by master craftsman Ralph Kylloe, this manual on rustic carpentry is a superb resource for woodworkers, furniture makers, and carpenters of all skill levels. Here are clear and concise instructions...


Homemade Contrivances and How to Make Them

by Skyhorse Publishing Skyhorse (April 17, 2007)

The traditional American devices contained in this intriguing compilation date from an era long before milking machines, pesticide sprayers, and industrial hay bailers. Yet the simple inventions described for...


Gustav Stickley's Craftsman Homes and Bungalows

by Gustav Stickley Skyhorse (March 01, 2009)

In 1901, Gustav Stickley began to create the first uniquely American style of furniture and home design—known as Craftsman. Stickley's principles of home design include construction that is in harmony with...


Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties

by D. C. Beard Skyhorse (February 08, 2011)

Nineteenth-century building advice that is eminently practical in the twenty-first century. 330 b/w illustrations


Fences, Gates, and Bridges

by George A. Martin Skyhorse (February 14, 2011)

First published in 1887, Fences, Gates, and Bridges is an instructional guide to the best ways to build a variety of fences, gates, hedges, bridges, and culverts. The section on fences boasts a wealth of information...


Log Cabins

by William S. Wicks Skyhorse (February 08, 2011)

Ever wanted a cabin or little cottage in the woods but don’t know where to start? With Log Cabins, author William S. Wicks offers clear, practical instructions on how to build your own log cabin—and furnish...


Building Reuse

by Kathryn Rogers Merlino University of Washington Press (April 19, 2018)

In Building Reuse: Sustainability, Preservation, and the Value of Design, Kathryn Rogers Merlino makes an impassioned case that truly sustainable design requires reusing and reimagining existing buildings. The...


The Permaculture Promise

by Jono Neiger & Toby Hemenway Storey Publishing, LLC (November 01, 2016)

Permaculture is a sustainability buzzword, but many people wonder what it actually means and why it is relevant. Originally coined by combining the words permanent and agriculture, permaculture has evolved into...


Essential Natural Plasters

by Michael Henry & Tina Therrien New Society Publishers (June 26, 2018)

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...


Essential Earthbag Construction

by Kelly Hart New Society Publishers (May 01, 2018)

  • Author is a leading sustainability architect and natural builder and author of the Green Home Building series
  • He is the founder greenhomebuilding.com, earthbagbuilding.com and dreamgreenhome.com
  • Earthbag structures...


Ecovillages around the World

by Frederica Miller Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (July 10, 2018)

A beautiful, full-color book showcasing 20 best practice designs from ecovillages around the world

• Features well-established ecovillages such as Findhorn in Scotland or Auroville in India and newer initiatives...


Essential Cordwood Construction

by Rob Roy New Society Publishers (December 05, 2017)

Cordwood construction – log-ends set in insulated mortar – is an economical, low-impact building method proven in beautiful, centuries-old buildings. Distilling decades of best practices, Essential Cordwood...


New Carbon Architecture

by Bruce King New Society Publishers (November 27, 2017)

It’s time to move past “green buildings,” which alone aren’t enough to halt climate change. The New Carbon Architecture explores how biomimicry-inspired innovations in architecture and construction –...


Essential Sustainable Home Design

by Chris Magwood New Society Publishers (June 01, 2017)

Essential Sustainable Home Design walks homebuilders through designing an environmentally friendly home, starting with key concepts, principles, and a project vision. Covering what makes a building green, a...


earthship WIZARDS: Part 1

by Michael Reynolds eBookIt.com (February 21, 2013)

"A Coming of Wizards" is about finding and moving toward our potential. And it is the thinking from which the whole earthship concept has evolved. Based on Michael Reynolds' experience with four wizards part...


Essential Light Straw Clay Construction

by Lydia Doleman New Society Publishers (June 05, 2017)

Light straw clay – straw mixed with clay slip – is a code compliant high-performance, low-impact building material with excellent insulation and moisture handling qualities. This highly illustrated step-by-step...


The Sustainable City

by Steven Cohen Columbia University Press (November 21, 2017)

Living sustainably is not just about preserving the wilderness or keeping nature pristine. The transition to a green economy depends on cities. For the first time in human history, the majority of the people...


Power from the Wind

by Dan Chiras New Society Publishers (May 01, 2017)

Power from the Wind is the completely revised and updated edition of the go-to guide for individuals and businesses interested in installing small wind energy systems. Written with the homeowner layperson in...


Human Scale Revisited

by Kirkpatrick Sale Chelsea Green Publishing (April 15, 2017)

Big government, big business, big everything: Kirkpatrick Sale took giantism to task in his 1980 classic, Human Scale, and today takes a new look at how the crises that imperil modern America are the inevitable...


Common Ground in a Liquid City

by Matt Hern AK Press (March 01, 2010)

If we want to preserve what's still left of the natural world, we need to stop using so much of it. And, says veteran environmental activist Matt Hern, cities are the best chance we have left for a truly ecological...


Engineer's Report: Seismic Performance Evaluation and Tire Construction Analysis

by Michael Reynolds eBookIt.com (February 21, 2013)

This engineering analysis is a compilation of studies and calculations conducted between 1990 and 1993 by Thomas E. Griepentrog, P.E. of Buckhorn Geotech, Consulting Engineers and Geologists of Montrose, Colorado...


Essential Building Science

by Jacob Deva Racusin New Society Publishers (November 28, 2016)

Poor heat and moisture handling are enemies of durability, comfort and high-performance house design. Essential Building Science provides a highly visual, non-technical introduction to the fundamentals of building...


The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse

by Lindsey Schiller & Marc Plinke New Society Publishers (October 01, 2016)

Comprehensive coverage of passive solar greenhouse design including material selection, building methods and how to store thermal energy using a variety of simple and innovative strategies. Over a dozen case...


Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook

by John Schaeffer New Society Publishers (October 20, 2014)

What book would you want if you were stranded on a desert island? Widely regarded as the "bible" of off-grid living, Real Goods Solar Living Source Book might be your best choice. With over six hundred thousand...


The Home Energy Diet

by Paul Scheckel New Society Publishers (May 01, 2005)

With rising energy costs, homeowners are beginning to examine the energy efficiency of their own homes, asking questions about where energy comes from and how much it costs, how to choose new appliances and...


Earth-Sheltered Houses

by Rob Roy New Society Publishers (March 01, 2006)

An earth-sheltered, earth-roofed home has the least impact upon the land of all housing styles, leaving almost zero footprint on the planet.

Earth-Sheltered Houses is a practical guide for those who want to...


Earthbag Building

by Kaki Hunter & Donald Kiffmeyer New Society Publishers (June 01, 2004)

Over 70 percent of Americans cannot afford to own a code-enforced, contractor-built home. This has led to widespread interest in using natural materials—straw, cob, and earth—for building homes and other...


Green Building Products, 3rd Edition

by Alex Wilson & Mark Piepkorn New Society Publishers (January 01, 2008)

Interest in sustainable, green building practices is greater than ever. Whether concerned about allergies, energy costs, old-growth forests, or durability and long-term value, homeowners and builders are looking...


Prescriptions for a Healthy House, 3rd Edition

by Paula Baker-Laporte, Dr. Erica Elliott & John Banta New Society Publishers (May 01, 2008)

Although there is nothing complicated about constructing healthier homes, building for health is still not standard practice, and in fact there are many aspects of conventional home construction that are detrimental...


Green Building A to Z

by Jerry Yudelson New Society Publishers (October 01, 2007)

Green building is the fastest-growing trend to hit since the Internet, bringing with it an enormous range of new products, systems, and technologies. Green Building A to Z is an informative, technically accurate,...


Energy-Wise Landscape Design

by Sue Reed New Society Publishers (April 01, 2010)

Residential consumption represents nearly one quarter of North America’s total energy use and the average homeowner spends thousands of dollars a year on power bills. To help alleviate this problem, Energy-Wise...


The Senior Cohousing Handbook, 2nd Edition

by Charles Durrett New Society Publishers (May 01, 2009)

"Architect and author Chuck Durrett's recently released book Senior Cohousing Handbook comes at a time of high interest in greening, sustainable housing and affordable living concerns. Durrett's new book is...


Serious Microhydro

by Scott Davis New Society Publishers (October 12, 2010)

Waterpower is the largest source of renewable energy in the world today, and microhydro is a mature, proven technology that can provide clean, inexpensive, renewable energy with little or no impact on the environment....


Your Green Home

by Alex Wilson New Society Publishers (June 01, 2006)

More and more homeowners today want houses that are healthy to live in and cause minimal damage to the environment. That’s what green building is all about.

Your Green Home is written for homeowners planning...


EcoCities

by Richard Register New Society Publishers (April 01, 2006)

Most of the world’s population now lives in cities. So if we are to address the problems of environmental deterioration and peak oil adequately, the city has to be a major focus of attention.

Ecocities is about...


The Natural Plaster Book

by Cedar Rose Guelberth, Dan Chiras & Deanne Bednar New Society Publishers (July 01, 2002)

For builders of natural homes (straw bale, cob, adobe, rammed earth, and other natural materials), this unique step-by-step guide takes the confusion out of choosing, mixing, and applying natural plasters.

From...