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Natural House A Complete Guide to Healthy, Energy-Efficient, Environmental Homes

ISBN-10: 1890132578

ISBN-13: 9781890132576

Edition: 2000

Authors: Daniel D. Chiras

List price: $40.00
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The Natural Houseis a tour of the construction, costs, and pros and cons of fourteen natural building methods. Straw Bale, Rammed Earth, Cob, Cordwood, Adobe, Earthbags, Papercrete, Earthshipswhatever the method, the common goal is to create a house that is economical, energy efficient, nontoxic, soothing to the soul, kind to the environment, and pleasing to behold. This comprehensive sourcebook offers in-depth information that will guide your search for the perfect sustainable dream home. It is a must for home builders, contractors, and architects. Author Dan Chiras shows how you can gain energy independence and reduce your environmental impact through passive solar heating and cooling techniques, solar electricity, wind power, and micro-hydropower. He also explains safe, economical ways to obtain clean drinking water and treat wastewater, and discusses affordable green products. While he's an unabashed advocate of natural building techniques, Chiras takes care not to romanticize and to alert readers to avoidable pitfalls. His detailed, practical, and ecologically sound advice can save tens of thousands of dollars, whether you are buying, building, or renovating a natural home.
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 6/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 468
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.486

Daniel D. Chiras holds a Ph.D. in physiology and teaches courses on sustainability and environmental health at the universities of Colorado and Denver. He is also an avid musician, organic gardener, river runner, and bicyclist. He lives with his family in a passive solar/solar electric, straw bale, and rammed tire house in Evergreen, Colorado.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Sustainable Imperative
Striking Out in a New Direction
Choices
Rammed Earth Homes
Straw Bale Homes
Earthships and Beyond
Adobe Homes
Cob Homes
Cordwood Homes
Log Homes
Stone Homes
Emerging Natural Building Techniques
Sustainable Systems
Energy Independence: Passive Solar Heating and Cooling
Energy Independence: Generating Electricity from Sun, Wind, and Water
Environmentally Sustainable Water Systems
Green Building Materials: Creating the Ultimate Environmentally Friendly Home
Site Considerations: Choosing a Site, Protecting It during Construction, and Restoring the Land
Building an Alternative Home: What You Need to Know to Get Your Home Built
Resource Guide
Index