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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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INFORMATIVE LINKS

MEDIA

Remodel Green: Make Your House Serve Your Life, a Green Home Building Book by Kelly Hart, 2014.

Over the course of the author's life he has engaged in numerous remodeling projects, as a professional carpenter, as a home owner, and as a renter. He draws on this experience as he explores with you what he considers to be the main principles that should guide you in your choices for your own green remodeling project.

The chapters include fitting your house to your needs, the basics of passive solar design, tips on keeping your house cool, options to power your house with renewable energy, ways to conserve water, employing local, natural and recycled materials, the value of cultivating vegetables, how to naturally store the produce that you grow, and why to consider sharing some facilities with others for economy and sustainability.

 
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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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Explosion Green:
One Man's Journey to Green
The World's largest Industry

by David Gottfried, 2014

Review by Kelly Hart

Green Home Building:
Money-Saving Strategies
for an Affordable, Healthy,
High-Performance Home

by Miki Cook & Doug Garrett, 2014

   
 
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The Sustainable Asian House by Paul McGillick, 2013

   

100 Contemporary
Green Buildings

by Philip Jodidio, 2013

 
 

Innovative Houses:
Concepts for Sustainable Living

by Avi Friedman, 2013

 
 

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

by Robert Fraqa, 2012

 
 

Fundamentals
of Sustainable Dwellings

by Avi Friedman, 2012

 
 

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

by
Kate Stohr and Cameron Sinclair, 2012

   

1000 Tips by 100 Eco Architects: Guidelines on Sustainable Architecture from the World's Leading
Eco-Architecture Firms

by Marta Serrats, 2012

   

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

 
 

Frank Lloyd Wright:
Natural Design, Organic Architecture:
Lessons
for Building Green
from an American Original

by
Alan Hess, 2012

   

Sustainable Design:
A Critical Guide

by David Bergman, 2012

 
 

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

   

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

 
 

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

by Nicholas Hyde, 2012

   

Building on our past
by Peter Hancock, 2011

 
 

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

   

Building Green:
A Complete How-To Guide to Alternative Building Methods Earth Plaster, Straw Bale, Cordwood, Cob, Living Roofs

by Mike Montoya, 2010

   

Energy Free:
Homes for a Small Planet

by Ann V. Edminster, 2009 

   
 
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Green Design:
Creative Sustainable Designs
for the Twenty-First Century

by  Marcus Fairs, 2009

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

 
 

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

   

The Ecology
of Building Materials

by Bjorn Berge, 2009

 
 

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

 

Being SUSTAINABLE: Building Systems Performance by Dennis Fukai, 2008

   

Sustainable Home USA
by Jacobo Krauel, 2008

   

Green Home Improvement:
65 Projects That Will Cut Utility Bills, Protect Your Health & Help the the Environment

by Daniel D. Chiras, 2008

 

Living Homes:
Sustainable Architecture
and Design

by Nora Burba Trulsson, Suzi Moore McGregor, 2008

   

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

by David Johnston, Scott Gibson, 2008

 

Canada Innovates:
Sustainable Building

by Luigi Ferrara, Emily Visser, Justin Aicheson, 2008

 

Green Building Products:
The GreenSpec Guide to
Residential Building Materials

by Alex Wilson & Mark Piepkorn, 2008

   
 
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Sustainable Construction
by Sandy Halliday, 2008

   

Sustainable Design:
The Science of Sustainability and Green Engineering

by Daniel A. Vallero, Chris Brasier, 2008

 

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

   

The Barefoot Architect
by Johan van Lengen, 2007

Kelly Hart's review

 

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

 
 

Off The Grid Homes:
Case Studies
for Sunstainable Living

by Lori Ryker, 2007

 
 

Contemporary Design
in Detail:
Sustainable Environments

by Yenna Chen, Alicia Kennedy, 2007

 
 

The Green Building Revolution
by Jerry Yudelson, 2007

 

Green Homes:
New Ideas
for Sustainable Living

by Sergi Costa Duran, 2007

 

Sustainable Design:
Ecology, Architecture,
and Planning

by Daniel E. Williams, 2007

 

Strategies
for Sustainable Architecture

by Paola Sassi, 2006

 

Sustainable Living:
25 Internatonal Examples

by Dominique Gauzin-Müller, 2006

 

Your Green Home:
A guide to Planning a Healthy,
Environmentally Friendly,
New Home

by Alex Wilson, 2006

   
 
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The Green House:
New Directions
in Sustainable Architecture

by Alanna Stang and Christopher Hawthorne, 2005

 

Smart and Sustainable
Built Environments

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

 

Ecological Architecture:
A Critical History

by James Steele, 2005

 

Ten Shades of Green: Architecture
and the Natural World
by Peter Buchanan, 2005

 
 

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

by Dan Chiras, 2004

 
 

Good Green Homes:
Creating Better Homes
for a Healthier Planet

by Jennifer Roberts, 2003

 
 

Design with Nature
by Ian L. McHarg, 1995

 
 

LINKS

GENERAL

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.

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.

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.

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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