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Praise for Building Green:
"Building Green chronicles the project from start to finish, combining the gorgeous photography of an architecture coffee-table book with the detailed instructions of a building manual." ­ —ReadyMade
 
"This large, generously illustrated manual is an excellent primer on owner-designed and site-inspired building." ­ —Publishers Weekly
 
"The most comprehensive and reader-friendly green building book...It's great for both the green building novice and expert." ­ —Builders Booksource
 
"This book is a must read for architects, builders, and all people who want to create a healthy home." ­ —Helmut Ziehe, Founder, International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology, Inc.
 
"Well-written and understandable with wonderful illustrations." ­ —Pliny Fisk & Gail Vittori, Co-Directors, The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems

About the Author

CLARKE SNELL has decades of experience in green building, sustainability, and low impact living. Author of The Good House Book (Lark, 2004), he lives in the mountains of western North Carolina with his wife in a partially-bermed, passive-solar house in a small intentional community they helped create. TIM CALLAHAN is a designer, inventor, and “recovering general contractor” with over 30 years of experience in a broad range of design and building projects. Together, Clarke and Tim run a design, consulting, research, and rabble-rousing network dedicated to the development of high-performance natural building systems. For more information, see their Web site at www.thinkgreenbuilding.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: Building Green: A Complete How-To Guide to Alternative
  • Paperback: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts; 2 Ill edition (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600595340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600595349
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Hurd on July 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is the best book on green and natural building that I've come across. In fact it's a solid source for building knowledge in general. Many of the books out there give you a focused look at one building type or another (say strawbale) and these are great if you have already chosen that one building type. It's much more common though, to come across hybrid situations, where a broad variety of techniques or building challenges are at play. An earthship might be your best best - if you live in the southwest, but maybe not in the southeast. Each building is unique, from the site to the nearby structures and environment, the potential future inhabitants, the usage, etc.
This book gives a very grounded and informed perspective on residential building, not limited to any one form or another, but seeking only to inform the reader of the dangers and best possibilities in each situation. Snell and Callahan recognize that there is no one best or "greenest" practice. Their book educates and empowers the reader to approach each unique building as it's own challenge.
Their research into and command of the building field is a boon to anyone looking to build wisely, be that person a builder with 25 years in the field, a potential do-it-yourself homebuilder, or even someone with no building experience looking to have a home built for them who is interested in having things done right.
Also, PHOTOS PHOTOS PHOTOS! They didn't skimp in this department. This book has hundreds (thousands?) of pictures. Nearly every key point has a diagram or a photo to bring the message home. It makes the material extremely clear and easy to grasp, as well as being a valuable resource for inspiration and ideas.
Everyone has something to gain from this book, and for the price there's no excuse not to own a reference copy.
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Although I have wanted to build my own green home for several years, I have no construction skills. This book brought me back down to earth gently by teaching me much more than I would imagine one book could teach while helping me realize that I should not do this myself. In guiding capable(others)and incompetent(me)starry-eyed builders, the authors generously admit to their own errors despite years of experience and concede that in some aspects of home-building, conventional is the best route at this time. Through the book, one follows the construction using alternative building methods of a small guest house from the conception to the finish and plans for future additions.The photos themselves would make the book worthwhile, but the text is lively, straightforward, and encompasses all phases of the process.In addition to being some of the best reading and gazing that I have had in awhile, I now know what to seek in the professionals who will build my house--and use this resource, I hope.
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This has become one of the most important books on my shelf. I became interested in green building, then natural building, for professional and personal reasons. As a result of prior research, I thought I was quite knowledgeable. Then I got my mitts on this book! Wow, this is by far the clearest, most useful building book I have ever found. The text itself is fantastic, but what sets this book apart are the hundreds of detailed photos and instructions that illustrate techniques and solutions with incredible clarity.
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Honest, straight forward, interesting and informative. Even though I'm more specifically interested in straw bale construction I thought this looked like a book to have, and I'm glad I made the decision to buy. Straw bale may only be a small part of the book, but the other building methods discussed feed your imagination and much of the detailed information is relevant no matter the type of building you are constructing. Having just completed the outside of my own straw bale house I'm glad I had this book to help me of the way, I'm already looking forward to building my next project and adopting more of the ideas in this book. Buy it, it's the most up to date and informative I've read out of my collection of ten or more on the subject.
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This book has it all! I have been buying several books on Green Building and Design, which this one is the best. Several boks are focused merely on one topic or method of construction making it possible to describe the process in better depth while others that try to teach everything thats out there simply give you an overview. Not this tome. The writers give a detailed How-to of several green building or eco-building principles. This book covers Cordwood, Living Roofs, Cob walls, Strawbale homes, stick framing, retaining wall, Foundation, Site Planning, Rain water Catchment, glass bottle wall, tile and earthen floors, and so much more. I was pleasantly surprised at the heftiness of this volume. There are literally thousands of step-bystep photos and diagrams to completely show and describe how to get it done. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in building anything the green building or eco-friendly route. Also if any of you have read "A Pattern Langauge" you can see where this mans ideas draw from it the ideas of separation flow and others.
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