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SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE

As "consumers" we are frequently confronted with life style decisions that can impact our environment. There are a few choices in this life that can make a big difference in what the quality of life will be for those who follow us. Going with the flow of our culture is hard to avoid, and unfortunately the flow is not in the right direction for evolving a sustainable future. One of the most momentous choices that any of us will make is the kind of house we live in. I have come up with a list of thirteen principles of sustainable architecture (listed as links on the left) that can guide you in your housing choices.

 

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A Sampler of Alternative Homes: Approaching Sustainable Architecture . This two-hour DVD, produced by Kelly Hart, provides an overview of sustainable building concepts. You can enjoy a look at a fascinating variety of homes and the creative people who built them! Discover how passive solar design and environmentally low-impact materials can be used to create comfortable and economical homes. See the use of both traditional materials, such as adobe, and innovative materials, such as papercrete and earthbags. This program offers a wealth of information about construction details and other considerations. It covers adobe block construction, piled adobe (similar to cob), rammed earth, both load-bearing and post and beam strawbale, earthships, earth-sheltering, cordwood, thin-shelled concrete domes, papercrete, earthbags, hybrid structures, and recycling various containers for housing. To watch a streaming video introduction to this program, click here.
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100 Contemporary
Green Buildings

by Philip Jodidio, 2013

 
 
 
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Innovative Houses:
Concepts for Sustainable Living

by Avi Friedman, 2013

 
 
 
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The Sustainable Asian House by Paul McGillick, 2013

   
 
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Fundamentals
of Sustainable Dwellings

by Avi Friedman, 2012

 
 
 
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Design Like You Give a Damn: Building Change
from the Ground Up

by
Kate Stohr and Cameron Sinclair, 2012

   
 
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Designing the Sustainable Site: Integrated Design Strategies for Small Scale Sites
and Residential Landscapes
by
Heather L. Venhaus, 2012

 
 
 
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Sustainable Design:
A Critical Guide

by David Bergman, 2012

 
 
 
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Experimental Green Strategies: Redefining Ecological Design Research - Architectural Design by Terri Peters, 2012

   
 
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Green Building:
Principles and Practices in Residential Construction
by Abe Kruger and Carl Seville, 2012

 
 
 
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Preparing
for Off-Grid Survival:
How to live a self-sufficient, modern-day life

by Nicholas Hyde, 2012

   
 
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The Greening of Oz: Sustainable Architecture
in the Wake of a Tornado

by Robert Fraqa, 2012

 
 
 
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Building on our past
by Peter Hancock, 2011

 
 
 
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Toward a Zero Energy Home: A Complete Guide to Energy Self-Sufficiency at Home
by David Johnson, Scott Gibson, 2010

   
 
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Modern Sustainable Residential Design:
A Guide
for Design Professionals

by William J. Carpenter, 2009

   
 
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Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building by Marian Keeler and Bill Burke, 2009

 
 
 
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The Complete Guide to Alternative Home Building materials & Methods
by Jon Nunan, 2009

   
 
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The Ecology
of Building Materials

by Bjorn Berge, 2009

 
 
 
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The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building: Redefining the Practice of Sustainability
by 7group and Bill Reed, 2009

 
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Being SUSTAINABLE: Building Systems Performance by Dennis Fukai, 2008

   
 
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Sustainable Home USA
by Jacobo Krauel, 2008

   
 
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Living Homes:
Sustainable Architecture
and Design

by Nora Burba Trulsson, Suzi Moore McGregor, 2008

   
 
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Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy,
and Energy-Efficient
Home Construction

by David Johnston, Scott Gibson, 2008

 
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Canada Innovates:
Sustainable Building

by Luigi Ferrara, Emily Visser, Justin Aicheson, 2008

 
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Emerald Architecture:
Case Studies in Green Building

by Greensource, 2008

   
 
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Sustainable Construction
by Sandy Halliday, 2008

   
 
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Sustainable Design:
The Science of Sustainability and Green Engineering

by Daniel A. Vallero, Chris Brasier, 2008

 
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The Passive Solar Primer: Sustainable Architecture
by David Wright, 2008

   
 
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The Barefoot Architect
by Johan van Lengen, 2007

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Ecological Design
by Sim Van Der Ryn; Stuart Cowan, 2007

 
 
 
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Off The Grid Homes:
Case Studies
for Sunstainable Living

by Lori Ryker, 2007

 
 
 
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Contemporary Design
in Detail:
Sustainable Environments

by Yenna Chen, Alicia Kennedy, 2007

 
 
 
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The Green Building Revolution
by Jerry Yudelson, 2007

 
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Green Homes:
New Ideas
for Sustainable Living

by Sergi Costa Duran, 2007

 
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Sustainable Design:
Ecology, Architecture,
and Planning

by Daniel E. Williams, 2007

 
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Strategies
for Sustainable Architecture

by Paola Sassi, 2006

 
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Sustainable Living:
25 International Examples

by Dominique Gauzin-Müller, 2006

 
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Eco: An Essential Sourcebook for Environmentally Friendly Design and Decoration
by Elizabeth Wilhide, 2006

   
 
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The Green House:
New Directions
in Sustainable Architecture

by Alanna Stang and Christopher Hawthorne, 2005

 
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Smart and Sustainable
Built Environments

by Jay Yang, Peter S. Brndon, Anthony C. Sidwell, 2005

 
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Ecological Architecture:
A Critical History

by James Steele, 2005

 
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Ten Shades of Green: Architecture
and the Natural World

by Peter Buchanan, 2005

 
 
 
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The New Ecological Home:
A Complete Guide
to Green Building Options

by Dan Chiras, 2004

 
 
 
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Good Green Homes:
Creating Better Homes
for a Healthier Planet

by Jennifer Roberts, 2003

 
 
 
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Design with Nature
by Ian L. McHarg, 1995

 
 
 
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LINKS

GENERAL

Sustainable Building Sourcebook very well organized information and links related to various aspects of sustainable architecture.

buildingscience.com has a searchable database of articles about building physics, systems design concepts, and awareness of sustainability.

reddawn.com very informative site about green architecture in general, including an interactive bulletin board.

grisb.org The Geiger Research Institue of Sustainable Building features workshops, a strawbale certification program, articles and publications on many aspects of sustainable building, house plans (including a free emergency shelter plan), and links to much more information.

oikos.com green building source for news, classifieds, library, etc.

arch.hku.hk thorough analysis of sustainability, with lots of links

squ1.com this ecologically oriented architectural software company has assembled a huge array of related information.

greenerbuildings.com provides resources and case studies related to sustainable design, materials land and water use.

sustainablebuild.co.uk This U.K. website features a vast collection of articles about most aspects of sustainable building.

alternativebuilder.com has assembled an increasing array of information related to sustainable architecture.

dongardner.com has some good tips on various considerations for green building.

ORGANIZATIONS

aecb.net Association for Environment Conscious Building (from the UK).

nahbgreen.org describes the National Association of Home Builders National Green Building Program.

nahbrc.org The NAHB Research Center facilitates liaisons between builders and manufacturers, design professionals and housing research, and government and industry – the Research Center is dedicated to advancing housing technology and enhancing housing affordability for the benefit of all Americans.

eeba.org Energy & Environmental Building Association

openarchitecturenetwork.org The purpose of this network is to allow designers and architects to work together in a whole new way, through the power of the internet to bring diverse folks together to forge new design solutions for housing mankind.

wiserearth.org is a community of people and organizations that connect with others working in the field of sustainable architecture.

greenbuildingpages.com has assembled a list of ten organizations that are at the forefront of promoting green building.

ACTUAL HOMES

Homes Across America profiles resource efficient and high performance home building in the U.S. You can search for homes around the country and find out about the "green" technologies and techniques used to build them. Examples include everything from "off the grid" homes to high performance production models to multi-family apartments. My Earthbag/Papercrete home is listed under Colorado. You can submit your own resource efficient home for their consideration.

greenerbuildings.com provides resources and case studies related to sustainable design, materials land and water use.

guardian.co.uk The Guardian has launched 'Green your home', a project that follows homeowners as they attempt to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, with pictures, blogs, and advice from a panel of experts.

endeavourcentre.org "Canada's greenest home" can be explored here.

EDUCATION

naturalhomes.org lists workshops conducted around the world relating to all aspects of natural building.

environmentalarchitecture this site was created by a school girl as a class project and features many things that we all can learn from.

sustainablesources.com features a calendar of events related to sustainable living which can be updated by visitors online.

totalmortgage.com has assembled a guide for buying a green home.

INCENTIVES

dsireusa.org The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy.

MEDIA

ecotecture.com free online journal of ecological design.

smart-homeowner.com features innovative solutions for creating efficient, healthy, eco-friendly homes and has many articles and resources available at the on-line version of their magazine.

edcmag.com Environmental Design+Construction magazine for environmentally oriented construction industry.

newvillage.net semi-annual journal on building sustainable cultures.

buildinggreen.com informative site for Environmental Building News.

motherearthnews.com Mother Earth News has provided solid information on many topics related to sustainable living for several decades, and now many of these articles are available on-line.

hopedance.org magazine for finding pathways to sustainable living and positive solutions.

newbuilder.co.uk publishes Building for a Future magazine, with many issues available on-line.

homebuilding.co.uk The A-Z of Green Homes from the UK's Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine.

BLOGS

constructionmanagementdegree.com lists their top 50 green construction blogs, which includes the blog associated with this site.

greenbuildingelements.com is a blog-style magazine featuring articles by various professionals related to all aspects of sustainable design.

greengeezer.com is a blog with this motto: "Green homes for baby boomers: Because there's still time to do it right."

thenauhaus.com blog-style updates to the book Building Green provide some excellent information about many aspects of building green.

toponlineengineeringdegree.com lists 50 Great Green Architecture & Design Blogs

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

mcdonough.com William McDonough's site features articles by and about him and his radical ideas for transforming design into an art of creating no waste.

inika.com this Indian firm combines many aspects of sustainable architecture in their designs.

100milediet.org/100-mile-housing This article describes the 100-mile-housing concept with one example of locally-sourced materials.

ONLINE TOOLS

greenfootstep.org The Rocky Mountain Institute offers a simple online tool for evaluating new construction and what its carbon footprint will be.

builtgreen.org features an online form to calculate a score for green buildings based on their system of evaluation.

DISASTER RELIEF

rebuildingcommunity.org devoted to sustainable disaster relief around the world.

REMODELING

intlistings.com This article entitled "Greenify Your Home: 100 Tips and Resources to Make Your House Environmentally Friendly" offers substantial tips for moving forward with making your home more sustainable.

DISCUSSION

construction.com McGraw Hill Construction Community Forum has many threads related to sustainable architecture.

DIRECTORIES

eco-living.net site with many annotated links.

energyconservationinfo.org has numerous links with descriptions about alternative construction and energy.

greenbuilder.com extensive site of sustainable sources.

lowimpactliving.com A directory of green products and services available in the U. S.

greenbuildingpages.com has an expanding database related to sustainable design, products and resources.

sustainabilitystore.com is a directory of socially and environmentally responsible products and services.

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I specifically disclaim any warranty, either expressed or implied, concerning the information on these pages. Neither I nor any of the advisor/consultants associated with this site will have liability for loss, damage, or injury, resulting from the use of any information found on this, or any other page at this site. Kelly Hart, Hartworks, Inc.

 

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