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Building Green: A Complete How-to Guide to Alternative Building Methods Paperback – 19 Jan 2006
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About the Author
Clarke Snell is an expert in the field of green building and self-sufficiency. Author of The Good House Book (Lark, 2004), he lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina with his wife in a partially-bermed, passive-solar house in a small intentional community they helped create. Tim Callahan is a practicing general contractor. An experienced timber-frame builder, Tim is currently focused on residential projects of unique character.
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28 October 2012
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Honest, straight forward, interesting and informative. Even though I'm more specifically interested in straw bale construction I thought this looked like a book to have, and I'm glad I made the decision to buy. Straw bale may only be a small part of the book, but the other building methods discussed feed your imagination and much of the detailed information is relevant no matter the type of building you are constructing. Having just completed the outside of my own straw bale house I'm glad I had this book to help me of the way, I'm already looking forward to building my next project and adopting more of the ideas in this book. Buy it, it's the most up to date and informative I've read out of my collection of ten or more on the subject.
31 December 2012
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I've only just started to read this enormous book but I like it already. I love the practical approach to this very interesting subject. For too long we have been living in houses which were designed to please the wants of developers and banks and insurance companies. I grew up in a post war pre-fab in central London. It was constructed as emergency housing and was on a plot of land that had been bombed in World War II. Apart from the terrible insulation it's construction was perfect as it was designed with the needs of the people that were to live in it in mind. I hope by the time I have finished reading this book that I will be armed with enough knowledge and confidence to either build something for myself or at least include the techniques into any alterations and development of an existing property.
2 December 2014
Brilliant - but not just for the excellent illustrations, the absolutely practical approach ( they built a small house as an example, using four different wallings etc ) based firmly in just enough theory, the obvious real-life experience. No....For two things. Above all, because they are not evangelist for any single technique so they discuss ( and show ) how each works with detailed working instructions. And because they talk about problems and show them - what they did wrong, what they learnt, what are the issues with fixing straw infill to wood posts, organising volunteers ( ' never do cob with a working group..., but straw bale walls maybe, because...'), bowed framing, roofs that are too heavy..... Gritty reality - 'This small house actually took a year, was 30% over budget because...,' . I speak as somone who has built a rammed earth house and an adobe house - I learnt a lot . Outstanding.
6 March 2014
worthy guide and introduction to using green building materials and techniques.found the straw bale info useful.a lot of what im planning at the moment may remain theory but def would not bother with a living roof as they seem complex,not that green.great idea about using old bottles or glass containers as glass bricks.some good building tips and theory here and left me more interested and motivated
4 August 2009
If you are serious about building green then this book will not disappoint you. It covers many aspects of building green homes. If I had a criticism then it would be that I can't understand why the author's decided to build a living roof even though they strongly suggest that a novice should never attempt to build one. This book will open your eyes to things which you have seen all of your life yet never recognised. What more can one want from a book.
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Laid out as other reviewers have detailed with the four covered techniques all in one building. Easy to read and highly informative although not technically overwhelming.Read more
this was bought for my daughter who is studying for her A levels fantastc buy just what she needed.
this book descibes different building techniques on build of one cottage/house, each wall is build in different method using eco friendly materials like wood, cob, straw.Read more