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Author Racusin, Jacob Deva.

Title The natural building companion : a comprehensive guide to integrative design and construction / Jacob Deva Racusin and Ace McArleton.

Publication Info. White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Publishing, [2012]
Location Call No. Status
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  690.8047 RAC    AVAILABLE
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Description xiv, 430 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 26 cm + 1 DVD.
Note Yestermorrow Design/Build Library.
Summary "Natural buildings not only bring satisfaction to their makers and joy to their occupants, they also leave the gentlest footprint on the environment. In this complete reference to natural building philosophy, design, and technique, Jacob Deva Racusin and Ace McArleton walk builders through planning and construction. The Natural Building Companion provides the tools necessary to understand basic principles of building science, including structural and thermal engineering, and hydrodynamics. This guide offers thorough, up-to-date, and advanced installation details and performance characteristics of straw-bale, straw-clay, woodchip-clay, and cellulose wall systems, as well as earthen and stone wall systems and a variety of framing, roofing, flooring, mechanical system, and finishing options. This fully-illustrated volume informs professionals making the transition from conventional building, homeowners embarking on their own construction, or green builders who want comprehensive guidance on natural-building options. The book, part of the The Yestermorrow Design/Build Library, is accompanied by an instructional DVD illustrating dozens of natural building techniques"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The context for natural building -- A brief history of natural building in the Northeast -- Ecology -- Beyond the building: siting and landscape design -- Soil and stone: geology and mineralogy -- Flora and fauna -- Building science and performance -- Structure and natural building -- Heat and natural building -- Moisture and natural building -- Fire, insects, and acoustics -- Natural building practices -- Design -- Before construction -- Foundations for natural buildings -- Framing for natural buildings -- Insulative wall systems: straw bale -- Insulative wall systems: straw-clay, woodchip-clay, and cellulose -- Natural mass-wall systems: earth and stone -- Natural plastering -- Roofs for natural buildings -- Floors for natural buildings -- Natural finishes -- Mechanicals and utilities for natural buildings.
Subject Ecological houses -- Design and construction.
Added Author McArleton, Ace.
ISBN 9781603583398 (pbk.)
1603583394 (pbk.)
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