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Alternative Housing Recommended Reading List

Straw Bale House

The Straw Bale House
(A Real Goods Independent Living Book)
by Athena Swentzell Steen, Bill Steen, David Bainbridge, David Eisenberg
Paperback (1994)
Build It With Bales:
A Step-By-Step Guide to Straw-Bale Construction, Version Two

by S. MacDonald, Matts Myhrman
Paperback (1998)

Buildings of Earth and Straw:
Structural Design for Rammed Earth and Straw Bale Architecture

by Bruce King, Ann Edminster
Paperback (1997)

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 Rammed Earth Houses & Abode

Earth & Underground Shelter

Tipi & Yurts

Tipis & Yurts: Authentic Design for Circular Shelters
by Blue Evening Star, Leslie Dierks
Hardcover (1995)
The Indian Tipi: Its History, Construction, and Use
by Reginald Laubin, Gladys Laubin, Stanley Vestal
Paperback (1990)
Native American Architecture
by Peter Nabokov, Robert Easton
Hardcover (1988)
Native American Architecture
by Peter Nabokov, Robert Easton
Paperback (1990)

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Log Construction

How to Afford Your Own Log Home
by Carl Heldmann
Paperback (1997)
How to Build and Furnish a Log Cabin: The Easy, Natural Way Using Only Hand Tools and the Woods Around You
by Ben Hunt
Paperback (1996)
How to Build Your Own Log Home for Less Than $15,000
by Robert Williams
Paperback (1996)
Log Homes Made Easy: Contracting and Building Your Own Log Home
by Jim Cooper
Paperback (1993)
Build Your Own Low-Cost Log Home
by Roger Hard
Paperback (1985)
Building With Logs
by Allan MacKie
Paperback (1997)
Complete Guide to Building Log Homes
by Monte Burch, Richard Meyer, Lloyd Birmingham
Paperback (1990)
Log House Plans
by Allan MacKie
Paperback (1997)

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Barns, Sheds, Garages & Outbuildings

Retreats

A Shelter Sketchbook: Timeless Building Solutions
by John Taylor
Paperback (1997)

Retreats: Handmade Hideaways to Refresh the Spirit
by Lawson Drinkard
Hardcover (1997)

Rustic Retreats: A Build-It-Yourself Guide
by David Stiles, Jeanie Stiles
Paperback (1998)

Earth to Spirit: In Search of Natural Architecture
by David Pearson, William McDonough
Paperback (1995)

Places of the Soul: Architecture and Environmental Design As a Healing Art
by Christopher Day
Paperback (1993)

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Wind Energy

Energy Efficient House & Office Building

Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World
by Alan Weisman
Hardcover (1998)
Greenhome: Planning and Building the Environmentally Advanced House
by Wayne Grady
Paperback (1993)
Audubon House: Building the Environmentally Responsible, Energy-Efficient Office
by Architects Staff Croxton Collaborative
Paperback (1994)

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Eco Architect

Eco-Tech: Sustainable Architecture and High Technology
by Catherine Slessor, John Linden
Hardcover (1997)

The Structure of the Ordinary: Form and Control in the Built Environment
by N. Habraken, Jonathan Teicher
Hardcover (1998)

The Ecology of Architecture; A Complete Guide to Creating the Environmentally Conscious Building
by Laura Zeiher
Hardcover (1996)

Ecological Design
by Sim Van Der Ryn, Stuart Cowan
Hardcover (1995)

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Energy-Efficient Homes
Paperback (1993)

Energy-Efficient Houses
(Fine Homebuilding: Great Houses)
Hardcover (1993)

Insulating and Weatherproofing
(Home Repair and Improvement)
by Time-Life Books
Hardcover (1996)

Independent Builder: Designing & Building a House Your Own Way
(Real Goods Independent Living Books)
by Sam Clark
Paperback (1996)

Buildings of Earth and Straw: Structural Design for Rammed Earth and Straw Bale Architecture
by Bruce King, Ann Edminster
Paperback (1997)

Build It With Bales: A Step-By-Step Guide to Straw-Bale Construction, Version Two
by S. MacDonald, Matts Myhrman
Paperback (1998)

The Straw Bale House
(A Real Goods Independent Living Book)
by Athena Swentzell Steen, Bill Steen, David Bainbridge, David Eisenberg
Paperback (1994)

Timber Frame Construction: All About Post-And-Beam Building
by Jack Sobon, Roger Schroeder
Paperback (1984)

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Charging Ahead: The Business of Renewable Energy and What It Means for America
by John J. Berger
Hardcover (1997)

Renewable Energy: Sources for Fuels and Electricity
by Thomsa Johansson
Paperback (1992)

Power Surge: Guide to the Coming Energy Revolution
(The Worldwatch Environmental Alert)

by Christopher Flavin, Nicholas Lenssen
Paperback (1994)

Power Surge: Guide to the Coming Energy Revolution
(The Worldwatch Environmental Alert)

by Christopher Flavin, Nicholas Lenssen
Hardcover (1994)

The Natural Wealth of Nations: Harnessing the Market for the Environment
by David Malin Roodman
Paperback (1998)

Reinventing Electric Utilities: Competition, Citizen Action, and Clean Power
by Ed Smeloff, Peter Asmus, Amory Lovins
Paperback (1996)

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Consumer Guide to Solar Energy:
Easy and Inexpensive Applications for Solar Energy

by Scott Sklar, Kenneth Sheinkopf
Paperback (1995)

Home Owners Guide to Free Heat
by Erwin Kubsch, Bonnie Lindborg
Paperback (1991)

The Fuel Savers:
A Kit of Solar Ideas for Your Home, Apartment, or Business

by Bruce Anderson
Paperback (1991)

Building for Energy Independence:
Sun/Earth Buffering and Superinsulation

by Don Booth, Jonathan Booth, Peg Boyles
Hardcover (1983)

European Simplified Methods for Active Solar System Design
(Commission of the European Communities)

by Bernard Bourges
Hardcover (1991)

Active Solar Heating Systems Installation Manual
by m Geshwiler
Paperback (1991)

Active Solar Systems
(Solar Heat Technologies: Fundamentals and Applications)

by George Lof
Hardcover (1993)

Implementation of Solar Thermal Technology
(Solar Heat Technologies, Vol 10)

by Ronal Larson, Ronald West
Hardcover (1996)

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The Solar Electric House: Energy for the Environmentally-Responsive, Energy-Independent Home
by Steven Strong, William Scheller
Paperback (1994)

The New Solar Electric Home: The Photovoltaics How-To Handbook
by Joel Davidson
Paperback (1987)

Living Without Electricity: People's Place Book No. 9
by Stephen Scott, Kenneth Pellman
Paperback (1990)

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The Independent Home: Living Well With Power from the Sun, Wind, and Water
by Michael Potts, John Schaeffer
Paperback (1993)

Affordable Passive Solar Homes: Low-Cost, Compact Designs
by Richard Crowther
Paperback (1984)

The Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Techologies and Sustainable Living
by John Schaeffer, Doug Pratt
Paperback (1996)

The Passive Solar House (Real Goods Independent Living Books)
by James Kachadorian
Paperback (1997)

The Solar Home: How to Design and Build a House You Heat With the Sun
by Mark Freeman
Paperback (1994)

Passive Solar House Basics
by Peter Van Dresser
Paperback (1996)

Passive Solar Commercial and Institutional Buildings: A Sourcebook of Examples and Design Insights
by Paris, France International Energy Agency
Paperback (1994)

Cooking With the Sun: How to Build and Use Solar Cookers
by Beth Halacy, Dan Halacy
Paperback (1992)

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Energy Efficient Living

The Passive Solar Design and Construction Handbook
by Michael Crosbie
Hardcover (1997)

Residential Windows: A Guide to New Technology and Energy Performance
by John Carmody, Stephen Selkowitz
Paperback (1996)

Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings
by Alex Wilson, John Morrill
Paperback (1998)

Homemade Money; How to Save Energy and Dollars in Your Home
by Richard Heede, Owen Bailey
Paperback (1996)

Energy-Efficient and Environmental Landscaping: Cut Your Utility Bills by Up to 30 Percent and Create a Natural Healthy Yard
by Anne Simon Moffat, Mark Schiler
Paperback (1995)

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Fireplace

The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure
(The Humanure Hand Book, 2)

by Joseph Jenkins, Tom Griffin
Paperback (1999)

The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure
by Joseph C. Jenkins
Paperback (1996)

Composting Toilet System Book:
A Practical Guide to Choosing, Planning and Maintaining Composting Toilet Systems

by David Del Porto, Carol Steinfeld
Paperback (1999)

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Site Planning
by Kevin Lynch, Gary Hack
Hardcover (1984)

Landscape Architecture: A Manual of Site Planning and Design
by John Ormsbee Simonds
Hardcover (1997)

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Urban Design

From Eco-Cities to Living Machines: Principles of Ecological Design
by Nancy Jack Todd, John Todd, Jeffrey Parkin
Paperback (1994)

Eco-Villages & Sustainable Communities: Models for 21st Century Living
by Jillian Conrad, Drew Withington
Paperback (1997)

Ecological Design
by Sim Van Der Ryn, Stuart Cowan
Paperback (1995)

Sustainable Architecture: Principles, Paradigms and Case Studies
by James Steele
Hardcover (1997)

Designing With Nature: The Ecological Basis for Architectural Design
by Ken Yeang
Hardcover (1995)

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