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The New Natural House Book: Creating a Healthy, Harmonious, and Ecologically Sound Home Paperback – July 23, 1998

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The Natural House Book, first published in 1989, originated the phrase "natural house" and established the presence of the Green movement in home design. Author David Pearson has updated and expanded this eco-aware homebuilder's classic with new resource listings, a new photo-essay in the introduction, and revised text describing the latest and best developments in natural construction.

The first part of the book deals with the interaction between the home and the external environment, the second part with the home's components, and the third part with the design of the living space itself. Throughout the book, well-drawn illustrations and numerous photographs show how enlightened home design makes Green living easier by encouraging builders and residents to take advantage of natural light and heat. They're also a powerful tool for convincing those who might not yet be committed to natural living, as many of the homes are luxurious and warm looking. (The natural bathrooms are so beautiful and comfortable, one can only wonder why anyone settles for the prefab "luxury master baths" that the construction industry pushes on new homebuilders.) It's truly a book that takes a larger view, appealing not only to those with fewer resources who have always wanted to live simply, but also to those who can afford to live where they want, in effect saying to them, "Our way is better--for the environment and for you."

About the Author

David Pearson DIP ARCH (HONS) MCRP, RIBA, is an architect and planner who has been actively involved in inner city and new community housing for most of his working life in Britain and the USA. Since the 1980s he has been active in the fields of ecological design and Gaia philosophy (inspired by the view of the Earth as a living organism). With degrees from both the University of London and the University of California, Berkeley, he works, lectures, and travels widely. David Pearson is Founder and Chair of the Trustees of the Ecological Design Association, an educational charity, and Editor of Eco-Design, the Association's journal. As Managing Director of Gaia Environments Ltd, he has been architectural consultant on a range of exciting projects. He is also a Founder Member of Gaia International, an innovative group of international eco-architects who collaborate in competitions and architectural events.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside; Revised edition (July 23, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684847337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684847337
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2001
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The New Natural House book is one of two books that I recommend when people ask me which books I feel have helped me the most while working on my house renovation. The other book is The Healing House by Barbara Bannnon Harwood. The New Natural House Book is an excellent resource it covers material that you normally need five or ten books to cover. Alternative building methods, energy efficient lighting, indoor pollutants, color and light, non polluting paint, lighting design, sacred spaces, etc. and it is done in a thoughtful helpful way. I bought this book for one of the people that helped me on my project.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By DAVID-LEONARD WILLIS on January 16, 2004
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Our home, especially if we have the opportunity to build from scratch, should reflect a great deal about our worldview. The visitor should be able to tell from what he sees and from a few simple questions how the owner feels about some of the most pressing questions of our time, including the environment. Do we wish to tread lightly on the earth, taking for ourselves a fair portion of the world's resources or are we more interested in looking after ourselves whatever the price paid by others? These are not easy questions to deal with in practical terms as we are continually faced with trading off one priority against another and sometimes the factors we have to consider become overwhelming.
The contributors to this book are those who want to help us to tread lightly on this earth and find our way through the complex maze, realizing that the hundreds of small, and perhaps seemingly unimportant, decisions do make a difference and we must remember that we have an influence on others through the home that we create.
The reason that I read this book was that I want a well body in a well home in a well earth and I needed practical, down-to-earth advice on how to get there while building our house. I am aware that the house of an unwitting builder can actually damage health and do damage to the earth and that it is not easy today to find the path to ensure that our house would be a healing place for body, mind, spirit and the planet. I want to take advantage of all the wonders of science, our latest technologies and new materials but want to reject those which could be harmful. I don't want to turn the clock back and live according to the best of a bygone age but want to do the best possible job in today's world.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Price on March 5, 2006
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A pretty book that is mainly a life-style and remodeling book. NOT a necessary book for anyone interested in sustainable building or substantial practical advice. I highly recommend The Natural House: A Complete Guide to Healthy, Energy-Efficient, Environmental Homes by Daniel D. Chiras. No glossy dream rooms (or houses) unless your dreams are realistic and desirous of making a smaller impact on the Earth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Stih on August 17, 2007
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True to its name, this book is about building natural homes or creating healthier ones. A classic. Not much specific information in regard to where to order healthier materials and product. The book has been out for a while and new products are on the market. What the book does really well is explain the history of architecture in regard to building for health and how to build with health in mind. Lots of cool, full color pictures of natural and healthy interiors including kitchens and bathrooms.

I am Dan Stih, author of Healthy Living Spaces: Top 10 Hazards Affecting Your Health.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. G. Perham on November 30, 2007
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I found this book interesting to start with but it seemed to go off on a tangent about lifestyle and spirituality rather then focusing on natural house building techniques. It's definitely not a nuts and bolts guide to natural house building which is what I was after; it's more a very general overview of natural houses with the whole philosophy behind it thrown in also. A very general introduction to the whole concept maybe but not focused enough for my liking. Looks nice on the coffee table though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray Dix, writer on November 10, 2012
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The book is dated (1998), but the concepts and ideas are perhaps even more timely then when it was written. The book gives an overview of how various decisions in home building and daily living affect humans health--physical, mental, and spiritually, and how those choices affect the earth itself. This is a major undertaking for 300 pages, but the author actually does a good job of touching on most of the choices--choices that are as important to day as 15 years ago, and 15 years from now.
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