Building Green (Building Green: A Complete How-To Guide to Alternative) Paperback – Illustrated, 7 Oct 2009
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Praise for Building Green
"Building Green chronicles the project from start to finish, combining the gorgeous photography of an architecture coffee-table book with the detailed instructions of a building manual." - --ReadyMade "This large, generously illustrated manual is an excellent primer on owner-designed and site-inspired building." - --Publishers Weekly "The most comprehensive and reader-friendly green building book...It's great for both the green building novice and expert." - --Builders Booksource "This book is a must read for architects, builders, and all people who want to create a healthy home." - --Helmut Ziehe, Founder, International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology, Inc. "Well-written and understandable with wonderful illustrations." - --Pliny Fisk & Gail Vittori, Co-Directors, The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
About the Author
Clarke Snell has decades of experience in green building, sustainability and low impact living. Author of The Good House Book, he lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina in a partially-bermed, passive-solar house in a small intentional community they helped create. Tim Callahan is a designer, inventor and 'recovering general contractor' with over 30 years of experience in a broad range of design and building projects. Together, Clarke and Tim run a design, consulting, research and rabble-rousing network dedicated to the development of high-performance natural building systems. For more information, see their web site at www.thinkgreenbuilding.com.
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The book contains informative historical backgrounds for several building styles such as cob, strawbale, conventional stick framing, timeberframe, cordwood and so on, while giving real-life step-by-step instructions on how you can do it yourself. It also has sections on natural floors from dirt, stone, etc.; living roofs; drainage ideas; recycling bottles and other things as decoration, insulation and more. It is chock full of tips, and includes insightful perspectives on the things that worked well and those that did not.
My copy of this book is well thumbed (I've read it through cover to cover several times and go back to it often). I really never get tired at looking at it and planning new projects. It is so inspiring!
You don't need to know much already about the subject material to get value from this book, as it is written clearly enough to convey basic concepts to complete beginners, while providing enough detail to satisfy more advanced readers. I look forward to sharing the book with my precocious twelve year-old nephew who is fascinated with 3D computer modeling and architecture, that is, *after* I'm done with it!