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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


Straw Bale Building Details

by Casba 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,...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Green Remodeling

by David R. Johnston & Kim Master New Society Publishers (September 01, 2004)

Whether because of changing lifestyles or simply because houses are becoming outdated, millions of North Americans are renovating their homes every year, spending more money annually on renovation than on new-home...


Microhydro

by Scott Davis & Corrie Laschuk New Society Publishers (July 01, 2003)

Hydroelectricity is the world’s largest—and cleanest—source of renewable -energy. But despite lively interest in renewables generally, there is an information vacuum about the smallest version of the technology...


Design for Water

by Heather Kinkade-Levario New Society Publishers (June 01, 2007)

In an era of dwindling resources, water is poised to become the new oil. The entire world now faces the reality of a decreasing supply of clean water. To avert a devastating shortage, we must not only look at...


Timber Framing for the Rest of Us

by Rob Roy New Society Publishers (April 01, 2004)

Many natural building methods rely upon the use of post and beam frame structures that are then in-filled with straw, cob, cordwood, or more conventional wall materials. But traditional timber framing employs...


More Straw Bale Building

by Chris Magwood & Peter Mack New Society Publishers (February 01, 2005)

Straw bale houses are easy to build, affordable, super energy efficient, environmentally friendly, attractive, and can be designed to match the builder’s personal space needs, esthetics and budget. Despite...


Housing Reclaimed

by Jessica Kellner New Society Publishers (October 04, 2011)

Housing is a fundamental human right. For most of human history, our homes were built by hand from whatever local materials were available. However, since the Industrial Revolution, most housing has become little...


Power from the Sun: A Practical Guide to Solar Electricity¿Revised 2nd Edition

by Dan Chiras New Society Publishers (November 14, 2016)

The completely revised and updated guide to solar energy – everything you need to power your home or small business


Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

by Chris Magwood New Society Publishers (June 01, 2016)

The essential guide to prefab straw bale panels - an innovative spin on a widely used natural building method


Essential Hempcrete  Construction: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

by Chris Magwood New Society Publishers (June 13, 2016)

The essential guide to hempcrete - a strong, versatile, environmentally friendly, energy-efficient natural insulating material


Reinventing Green Building: Why Certification Systems Aren't Working and What We Can Do About It

by Jerry Yudelson New Society Publishers (April 25, 2016)

Smart. Simple. Sustainable. New directions for green building.


The Scoop on Poop: Safely Capturing and Recycling the Nutrients in Greywater, Humanure, and Urine

by Dan Chiras New Society Publishers (January 25, 2016)

Waste not, want not—an ecological approach to greywater and sewage.


The Art of Natural Building: Design, Construction, Resources

by Joseph F. Kennedy, Michael G. Smith & Catherine Wanek New Society Publishers (July 01, 2014)

The original, complete, user-friendly introduction to natural building, now fully revised and updated


The EcoNest Home: Designing and Building a Light Straw Clay House

by Robert Laporte & Paula Baker-Laporte New Society Publishers (July 20, 2015)

Step-by-step instructions to build your own beautiful, environmentally-friendly, healthy natural home.