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    The Complete Guide to Alternative Home Building Materials and Methods: Including Sod, Compressed Earth, Plaster Straw Beer Cans Cordwood and Many Other Low Cost Materials (Paperback) By (author) Kathryn Vercillo, By (author) Kathryn Bundy

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    DescriptionIn the United States alone, the annual construction of over one million new homes causes a very substantial drain on natural resources. Today, approximately 60 percent of the timber cut down in our country is used for building homes. Using alternative home building materials and creating a greener home are about creating better homes that are environmentally friendly, are less expensive in the long run, and create healthier occupants. Unfortunately, many people are unfamiliar with alternative building materials and do not know the first thing about going green. However, The Complete Guide to Alternative Home Building Materials & Methods will teach you everything you need to know about this movement toward natural construction methods. This book will show you how to identify, locate, and effectively use alternative building materials. You will learn about straw bale, cordwood, cob, adobe, rammed earth, light clay, pise, earthbag, bamboo, earth-rammed tires, cork, wool carpeting, sod, compressed earth, earth plaster, beer cans, bottles, as well as living roofs and more. In addition, you will learn the costs and performance characteristics of these materials and construction techniques for each, as well as how to integrate plumbing and electricity into these unfamiliar materials and substitutes for conventional approaches. You will also learn about the structure, climate control, siting, foundations, and flooring options you gain when using these materials. Also included are the advantages and benefits of alternative building materials for both consumers and builders and the key ecological design principles. Ultimately, you will come to understand that these materials are cheaper, easier to build with, stronger, more durable, and more fire resistant. Architects, designers, students, homeowners, home buyers, owner builders, and those who want to build for a sustainable future will want to read this book. If you are concerned about the environment, want to create a healthier, more enjoyable home, and want to save money, The Complete Guide to Alternative Home Building Materials & Methods will show you how. Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president's garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed. "This Atlantic Publishing eBook was professionally written, edited, fact checked, proofed and designed. The print version of this book is 288 pages and you receive exactly the same content. Over the years our books have won dozens of book awards for content, cover design and interior design including the prestigious Benjamin Franklin award for excellence in publishing. We are proud of the high quality of our books and hope you will enjoy this eBook version. "


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    Title
    The Complete Guide to Alternative Home Building Materials and Methods
    Subtitle
    Including Sod, Compressed Earth, Plaster Straw Beer Cans Cordwood and Many Other Low Cost Materials
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kathryn Vercillo, By (author) Kathryn Bundy
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781601382450
    ISBN 10: 1601382456
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: HOU
    BIC subject category V2: TNK
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S9.2
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/ECOLGY
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    Libri: I-AR
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26860
    BISAC V2.8: ARC009000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: ARC018000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 690.8
    LC subject heading: , , , , ,
    Thema V1.0: TNK, AMC
    Illustrations note
    colour & b/w photos
    Publisher
    Atlantic Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Atlantic Publishing Co
    Publication date
    30 December 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Ocala