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Alternative Construction Contemporary Natural Building Methods

ISBN-10: 0471719382
ISBN-13: 9780471719380
Edition: 2nd 2005
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/24/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

The first comprehensive guide to combining traditional natural materials and modern construction methods.From adobe to straw bales, traditional building materials are being adapted to meet code-required standards for health and safety in contemporary buildings around the world. Not only are they cost effective and environmentally friendly, but, when used correctly, these natural alternatives match the strength and durability of many mainstream construction materials.This book examines a broad range of traditional and modern natural construction methods, including straw-bale, light-clay, cob, adobe, rammed earth and pis, earthbag, earth-sheltered, bamboo, and hybrid systems. It also covers key ecological design principles, as well as current engineering and building code requirements.Experts on each building system have contributed core chapters that explore the history, development, climatic appropriateness, environmental benefits, performance characteristics, construction techniques, and structural design principles for each method. More than 200 visuals depict both construction processes and completed structures. An extensive resource guide shows where to go for further information, training, and research.In an increasingly resource-conscious era, alternative construction is truly an idea whose time has come. Whether you're an architect, designer, student, or homeowner, this book will help you to combine indigenous building materials with modern construction systems and design standards to create low-impact, high-quality buildings that meet the highest levels of comfort, health, and safety.

Lynne Elizabeth is founder and director of New Village Press. She is the past president of Architects/ Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), a public-benefit educational organization founded in 1981 that works for peace, environmental protection, social justice, and development of healthy communities.Ms. Elizabeth is the coeditor of Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space (New Village 2012), What We See: Advancing the Investigations of Jane Jacobs (New Village Press, 2010), Works of Heart: Building Village through the Arts (New Village Press, 2006), and Alternative Construction: Contemporary Natural Building Methods (John Wiley & Sons, 2000, 2005). She is a contributing author to Eco-Village Livin g (Gaia Trust, 2003) and Sustainable Architecture White Papers (Earthpledge Foundation, 2000).Ms. Elizabeth serves on the editorial board of Public , a peer-reviewed journal of Imagining America. She previously published ADPSR's national periodical, New Village Journal , which offered themed issues on community revitalization, community-scale economics, and education for community building.In Southern California, Ms. Elizabeth founded and directed the former Eos Institute, an education center for the study of sustainable community development. From 1989 to 1995, she managed the Institute's programs and projects, including construction of a demonstration eco-house and permaculture garden. At Eos Institute, she published Earthword Journal with themed issues on ecological community development, urban landscape, transportation planning, restoration of cities, and sustainable architecture.In 2013, Ms. Elizabeth moved New Village Press from Oakland California to the Centre for Social Innovation in New York City.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Design Principles
Introduction
The Natural Building Movement
The Realities of Specifying Environmental Building Materials
A New Context for Building Codes and Regulation
Natural Conditioning of Buildings
Structural Properties of Alternative Building Materials
Systems And Materials
Adobe
Cob
Rammed Earth
Modular Contained Earth Earthbag
Earth-Rammed Tires
Light Clay
Straw-Bale
Bamboo
Earthen Finishes Earth Plasters
Earth Floors
Applications
Integrated Systems with Rammed Earth Charles Sturt University, Thurgoona Campus, New South Wales, Australia
Straw, Clay, and Carrizo Obregon Project, Northern Mexico
Light-Clay House Additions School/Residence in Wisconsin
Variations on Earth bag The Honey House_Moab, Utah
Sandbag House, Rum Cay Island, Bahamas
The Value of Indigenous Ways Habitat for Humanity International
Building Technology Transfer Raising Straw-Bale Housing for Farm workers in California
Introduction of Straw-Bale Construction to Mongolia and China
Epilogue
Finding the Soul of Natural Building
About The Contributors
Index

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