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Green Homes
Alternative Housing Construction & Design

Selected Books

1000 Tips by 100 Eco Architectsg
1000 Tips by 100 Eco Architects
NA2542.36 .A15 2012x
Coming from the world's leading eco-architecture firms, these real-life projects demonstrate the pinnacle of progressive design and eco restraint.
The Art of Natural Building: Design, Construction, Resources
From straw bale and cob, to recycled concrete and salvaged materials, this anthology of articles from leaders in the field focuses on both the practical and the esthetic concerns of ecological building designs and techniques. Even includes a Hybrid Hobbit House!
Evans, Ianto, Michael G. Smith and Linda Smiley
The Hand-Sculpted House: A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage
TH4818.A3 E93 2002
Cob, a structural composite of earth, water, straw, clay, and sand, has been used for centuries, in virtually all parts of the world, to create homes ranging from mud huts in Africa to lavish adobe haciendas in Latin America.
Henderson, Holley
Becoming a Green Building Professional
NA2542.36.H46 2012
For those considering a new career or a career change focused on green and sustainable building and design, Becoming a Green Building Professional offers practical information on educational requirements, career options, guidance and tips, and first-hand interviews with green building professionals.
Johnston, David & Scott Gibson
Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction: A Builder's Guide
TH880.J638 2008
Johnston, author of Green Remodeling and a leader in the green building movement, has teamed up with editor Scott Gibson from Fine Homebuilding magazine to offer this new guide to sustainable home building.
McClintock, Michael
Alternative Housebuilding
q TH4812 .M2374 1989
Build a home using logs, adobe, stone, cordwood, rammed earth, or earth-sheltered methods for less money and lower energy costs.
Minke, Gernot
Building with Earth: Design and Technology of a Sustainable Architecture
q TH1421.M556 2009x
The second and revised edition of this handbook offers a practical systematic overview of the many uses of earth and techniques for processing it.
Rael, Ronald
Earth Architecture
TH1421.R34 2009
Dirt--as in clay gravel sand silt soil loam mud--is everywhere and it's free. Author Ronald Rael founder of provides a history of building with earth in the modern era focusing particularly on projects constructed in the last few decades that use rammed earth mud brick compressed earth cob and several other interesting techniques.


Building Green
(DVD) TH4860.B853 2008x
Kevin Contreras explores green home building techniques including: the foundation; framing and roofing; straw bales; doors and windows; exterior finishes; interior finishes; floors and closets; lighting; water systems; landscaping; and interior design.
Design E2: The Economies of Being Environmentally Conscious
(DVD) NA2542.36.D4725 2006x
A six-part series that travels to various locations in the U.S. and around the world to examine implications of eco-friendly building design. Introduces the viewer to individuals in the vanguard of sustainable architecture. Discusses technologies that have the potential to make the world's cities greener places. The first season includes
E˛ design. Season two: The Economies of Being Environmentally Conscious
(DVD) NA2542.36.D4726 2007x
This second 6-part season includes the Druk White Lotus School, Ladakh; Greening the federal government; Bogotá: building a sustainable city; Affordable green housing; Adaptive reuse in the Netherlands; and Architecture 2030.

Web Sites

  • Earthship Biotecture
    Earthships are radically sustainable (carbon-zero) buildings made with recycled materials that are like self-contained earths, producing their own electricity, water and food and recycling sewage and greywater. Andrew Zimmern visited on a recent Bizarre Foods TV program.
  • Free Green
    Free Green offers free energy-efficient healthy house plans.
  • Sierra Club Green Home
    A site to help Americans make their homes more energy efficient, environmentally sustainable and healthy, and connect them with Providers that can help them achieve their goals.
  • ToolBase Services
    ToolBase Services is the housing industry's resource for technical information on building products, materials, new technologies, business management, and housing systems. The NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) Research Center provides the services, with funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).