The Natural House: A Complete Guide to Healthy, Energy-Efficient, Environmental Homes|
by Daniel D. Chiras (Author)
"Simply put, this is the most comprehensive and most useful introduction to
natural building systems and practices available. A book that anyone setting out
to build a home of natural materials should read--cover to cover."--Alex Wilson,
executive editor and publisher, Environmental Building News
The Natural House is a tour of the construction, costs, and pros and cons of
fourteen natural building methods. Straw Bale, Rammed Earth, Cob, Cordwood,
Adobe, Earthbags, Papercrete, Earthships…whatever the method, the common goal is
to create a house that is economical, energy efficient, nontoxic, soothing to
the soul, kind to the environment, and pleasing to behold. This comprehensive
sourcebook offers in-depth information that will guide your search for the
perfect sustainable dream home. It is a must for home builders, contractors, and architects.
Author Dan Chiras shows how you can gain energy independence and reduce your
environmental impact through passive solar heating and cooling techniques, solar
electricity, wind power, and micro-hydropower. He also explains safe, economical
ways to obtain clean drinking water and treat wastewater, and discusses
affordable green products.
While he's an unabashed advocate of natural building techniques, Chiras takes
care not to romanticize and to alert readers to avoidable pitfalls. His
detailed, practical, and ecologically sound advice can save tens of thousands of
dollars, whether you are buying, building, or renovating a natural home.
Paperback: 468 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Green (June 1, 2000)