The Natural Building Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to by Jacob Deva Racusin
By Jacob Deva Racusin
Natural structures not just carry pride to their makers and pleasure to their occupants, in addition they go away the gentlest footprint at the atmosphere. during this entire connection with typical development philosophy, layout, and method, Jacob Deva Racusin and Ace McArleton stroll developers via making plans and building, providing step by step directions on:
- siting and placement analysis
- choosing materials
- integrating simple structural concerns right into a design
- strategies for heating/cooling potency and moisture management
- planning for acoustics
- developing an integrative design
- navigating budgeting, code compliance, and venture management
- creating the basis, wall approach, roof, and floors
- selecting and making plasters and paints
- evaluating recommendations for mechanical and application systems
- protecting opposed to fireplace and insects
- integrating constructions inside panorama, weather, and human communities
Applicable to construction in climates which are chilly and rainy, scorching and dry, or someplace in-between, The usual construction Companion presents the instruments essential to comprehend simple rules of creating technological know-how, together with structural and thermal engineering, and hydrodynamics. This advisor bargains thorough, updated, and complex set up info and function features of straw-bale, straw-clay, woodchip-clay, and cellulose wall structures, in addition to earthen and stone wall platforms and a number of framing, roofing, ground, mechanical procedure, and completing techniques. This fully-illustrated quantity informs execs making the transition from traditional construction, owners embarking on their lonesome building, or eco-friendly developers who wish complete suggestions on natural-building innovations. A state of the art source for ordinary developers The average construction Companion is part of The Yestermorrow Design/Build Library and comprises an educational DVD.
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Part 2 explores the fundamentals of building science and performance and specifies effective strategies for the integration of natural materials and methodologies within these metrics. Part 3 details the specific methods and skills needed for the practical and effective utilization of natural materials. Along the way, you’ll find callouts directing you to the accompanying DVD, so you can see firsthand the methods and processes being described in action. You’ll also find more. We make the case in this book that natural building is both a process and an approach: it is a set of decisions that are guided by ethical criteria with multiple—perhaps infinite—good answers.
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