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EcoNest: Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw, and Timber

by Paula Baker-Laporte (Author), Robert Laporte (Author)



Book Description
EcoNest identifies homes designed and built respectfully, in appreciation of the
harmony and beauty of nature and in a way that uses nature's resources so as to
consume less energy, create less waste, nurture our health, and enrich our
senses. < BR> A bird builds its nest using the materials at hand to create a
perfect shelter for its bioregion. It doesn't fly to the next state for twigs
nor does it build a home that is bigger than it needs. Instinctively it creates
an environment that is nurturing, nontoxic, and free of synthetic chemicals.
Like the bird, humans desire shelter that is cozy and nurturing, that satisfies
the soul, mind, and body.

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A bird builds its nest using the materials at hand to create its perfect
shelter. It doesn't fly to the next state for twigs or build a bigger home than
it needs. Instinctively it creates an environment that is nurturing and
nontoxic. Like the bird, humans desire shelter that is cozy and nurturing, that
satisfies the soul, mind, and body. This is what you find when you step into an
econest. Beginning with a timberframe structure and walls created with a mix of
clay and straw, EcoNest: Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw, and
Timber describes a unique method of green building that avoids the typical
problems involved with conventional building, such as industrial waste,
excessive chemical usage, and inefficient synthetic insulation. Design details
such as which direction a home is oriented, what kind of lighting illuminates
each room, and whether or not there is a step-down entryway are a vital part of
creating each econest. Meet the homeowners of ten different econests around the
country in regions as diverse as Iowa, Minnesota, New Mexico, and California who
chose to build in appreciation of the harmony and beauty of nature, using
nature's resources so as to consume less energy, create less waste, nurture
their health, and enrich their senses. EcoNest invites you to experience a
healthy and sustainable kind of building, avoid the pitfalls of modern homes and
acute chemical sensitivity, and to live simply, in harmony with nature. Paula
Baker-Laporte, A.I.A., graduated from the University of Toronto, School of
Architecture in 1978. She is a member of the National Council of Architectural
Registration Boards and is a certified Bau-biologist. Since 1992, Paula has
dedicated her practice to the precepts of environmentally sound and
health-enhancing architecture. She is the author of Prescriptions for a Healthy
House. Robert Laporte is the founder of the Econest Building Company and the
Natural House Building Centre. He served on the original board of directors for
the Timber Framers Guild from 1985 to 1987 and specializes in earth, straw, and
timberframe structures. He has been designing and building natural homes in
Canada and the United States and Scandinavia for the past twenty-five years.
Robert and Paula's Econest projects have been featured on HGTV and in several
magazines, including Natural Home, Fine Homebuilding, Residential Architect,
Organic Style Magazine, Yoga Journal, and The Inspired House.


Product Details

Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher (September 21, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 158685691X

 

 

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