RESOURCES ON THE ENVIRONMENT,
RENEWABLE ENERGY, AND NATURAL BUILDING
(BOOKS - MAGAZINES - WEB SITES)
Home Power Magazine: The Hands-on Journal of Home Made Power - six big, fat detailed issues per year, this is THE magazine for information on solar, wind, and micro-hydro power (natural building and electric vehicle conversion, too), the ads and product reviews are the best source for the very latest technology and companies to help you install alternative power systems, back issues become a valuable reference library and in fact are available either on CD-ROM or individual issues can be downloaded from the web site (somewhat expensive these days but still worth it) -- a must have magazine
Countryside and Small Stock Journal - "get back to the basics with the grandfather of simple living magazines", funky articles written by those out there adoin' it
The Last Straw Journal - the most authoritative articles written on straw bale construction, published quarterly, a gold mine of technical information for the serious straw bale builder, back issues are a valuable reference library and are still available for purchase by the indivdual issue
Sierra - join the Sierra Club and recieve "Sierra" each month, a substantial and superbly written magazine and one of the best ways to keep up on information on the environment and current issues
Grist Magazine - highly recommended on-line environmental news magazine. Their Credo: "Pull no punches, take no prisoners, accept no advertising. Eschew the wealth and fame that so often seduce online environmental journalists. And try to have a better sense of humor than a pack of fur protesters."
STRAW BALE HOUSES:
(Note: All seven of the books listed below cover slighty different aspects of straw bale construction. If you are going to build a straw bale house, most are really necessary as they compliment each other in important ways. If I HAD to choose only two, it would be "Build it With Bales" and "Serious Straw Bale". )
"The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes" by Athena and Bill Steen: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2001.
"Build It With Bales - Version Two" by Matts Myhrman and S. O. MacDonald: published by Out On Bale, 1998.
"The New Straw Bale Home" by Catherine Wanek: Black Range Natural Building Resources, 2003.
"Serious Straw Bale: A Home Construction Guide for All Climtes" by Paul Lacinski and Michel Bergeron: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2000.
"Straw Bale Building" by Chris Magwood and Peter Mack: New Society Publishers, 2000.
"The Straw Bale House" by Athena and Bill Steen: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 1994.
"A House of Straw" by Carolyn Roberts, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2002 - an inspiring journal of how a single mom with two teen-age boys built their own straw bale house.
ALL KINDS OF GOOD STUFF:
"The Encyclopedia of Country Living" by Carla Emery: Sasquatch Books (9th edition) 2003 - this classic and long revered book on food, gardening, and self-sufficient living is a complete resource for living off the land with over 800 pages of collected wisdom from country maven, Carla Emery--how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, raise farm animals, make sausage, milk a goat, grow herbs, churn butter, catch a pig, make soap, work with bees and much, much more
"The Dirt Cheap Builder" - A most remarkable catalogue of books and videos for building low cost, natural homes: Taylor Publishing Company, P.O. Box 375, Cutten, CA 95534 (if you can't find it here, it probably doesn't exist, but they'll keep trying)
"Earthen Floors" by Athena and Bill Steen: a Canelo Project Booklet, HC1 Box 324, Elgin, AZ 85611 - order from The Canelo Project
"Earth Plasters for Straw Bale Homes" by Keely Meagan: published by Keely Meagan, P.O. Box 5888, Santa Fe, NM 87502 - order from Keely Meagan or Taylor Publishing (see "The Dirt Cheap Builder")
"A Golden Thread: 2500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology" by Ken Butti and John Perlin: Cheshire Books, 1980 - a fascinating, eye-opening narrative, highly recommended
THE INTERNET! - it is astonishing how much information there is on the Internet, a few quick searches and you have books worth of info to digest, much of Solar Haven was designed in front of this computer and a great deal of it's equipment purchased on-line - and don't forget discussion groups, in particular the Straw Bale Construction group on www.repp.org
"Mortgage Free! Radical Stratagies for Home Ownership" by Rob Roy: A Real Goods Solar Living Book, 1998.
"The Natural House: A Complete Guide to Healthy, Energy-Efficient, Environmental Homes" by Daniel D. Chiras: A Real Goods Solar Living Book, 2000
"The Natural Plaster Book: Earth, Lime, and Gypsum Plasters for Natural Homes" by Cedar Rose Guelberth and Dan Chiras: New Society Publishers, 2003.
"The Passive Solar House - Using Solar Design to Heat and Cool Your House" by James Kachadorian: A Real Goods Independent Living Book, 1997
"Planet Earth Home: The ultimate self-sufficient home for any location in the world" by Mel Moench: Osprey Press, 2004 - a massive reference work covering virtually all categories relating to self-sufficiency such as passive/active solar, photovoltaic, wind power, greenhouse vegetable production, recycling, water conservation, greywater, wood heating, thermal mass, food preservation, energy-efficient HVAC systems, healthy diets, fish/animal production, natural lighting, and much more - an entire web site is devoted to this remarable book, go to: planetearthhome
"Straw-Bale Home Plans" by Stephen Kemble - A Descriptive Brochure of Nine Different Straw-Bale Home Design Plans: Sustainable System Support, P.O. Box 318, Bisbee, AZ 85603 - available from Steve Kemble, The Last Straw, or The Canelo Project
"Texas Guide to Rainwater Harvesting - Second Edition": published by the Texas Water Development Board in Austin, Texas, 1997 - this is now available on-line in PDF format, go to http://www.twdb.state.tx.us/publications/reports/RainHarv.pdf
IMPORTANT WEB SITES
THESE GROUPS ARE TRYING TO PROTECT LIFE ON EARTH
(GIVE A FEW OF THEM A HAND IF YOU POSSIBLY CAN)
Center for Biological Diversity
Defenders of Wildlife
Jane Goodall Institute
National Resources Defense Counsel
Union of Concerned Scientists
World Wildlife Federation
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