The Natural Building Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to by Jacob Deva Racusin

By Jacob Deva Racusin

Natural constructions not just carry delight to their makers and pleasure to their occupants, additionally they depart the gentlest footprint at the atmosphere. during this whole connection with common development philosophy, layout, and method, Jacob Deva Racusin and Ace McArleton stroll developers via making plans and building, supplying step by step directions on:

  • siting and placement analysis
  • choosing materials
  • integrating uncomplicated structural issues right into a design
  • strategies for heating/cooling potency and moisture management
  • planning for acoustics
  • developing an integrative design
  • navigating budgeting, code compliance, and undertaking management
  • creating the basis, wall procedure, roof, and floors
  • selecting and making plasters and paints
  • evaluating innovations for mechanical and software systems
  • protecting opposed to hearth and insects
  • integrating buildings inside of panorama, weather, and human communities

...and more

Applicable to development in climates which are chilly and rainy, scorching and dry, or someplace in-between, The common development Companion offers the instruments essential to comprehend simple rules of creating technological know-how, together with structural and thermal engineering, and hydrodynamics. This consultant deals thorough, updated, and complicated install information and function features of straw-bale, straw-clay, woodchip-clay, and cellulose wall platforms, in addition to earthen and stone wall structures and a number of framing, roofing, floor, mechanical procedure, and completing innovations. This fully-illustrated quantity informs pros making the transition from traditional construction, owners embarking on their lonesome building, or eco-friendly developers who wish accomplished information on natural-building concepts. A cutting-edge source for traditional developers The normal development Companion is part of The Yestermorrow Design/Build Library and contains an academic DVD.

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Both within our own company and collectively with our colleagues in Natural Builders NorthEast (a group of builders, designers, consultants, educators, and professionals located throughout the northeastern United States and eastern Canada who are practicing the art of natural building and design), we were not seeing the methods that we were utilizing and evolving in the field reflected in the literature. Through designing and continually improving the curriculum for the natural building courses we offer regularly at Yestermorrow we found ourselves compiling information and presenting it in a particular framework that we did not see elsewhere.

Green building has become more mainstream because the language of performance and energy efficiency is an easily understood and welcome benefit of this type of building strategy. These are undeniably important performance criteria. We need to consume less energy in both building and using our structures to ensure a healthy future on our planet. We need our buildings to maintain the correct levels of temperature and humidity with the minimum amount of resource use to accomplish these goals. We need to know our buildings will perform well when confronted with fire, high winds, excessive rain, or other extreme weather events.

Heat and Natural Building Thermal Performance Strategies for Natural Buildings Field Testing of Natural Buildings Common Heat-Loss Conditions in Natural Buildings Beyond the R-Value The Power of Mass Chapter 8. Moisture and Natural Building Moisture Performance Strategies for Natural Buildings Moisture-Control Strategy Smarter Buildings Chapter 9. Fire, Insects, and Acoustics Fire and Natural Buildings Insects and Natural Buildings Acoustics and Natural Buildings Natural Building Practices Chapter 10.

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