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The Natural House: A Complete Guide to Healthy, Energy-Efficient, Environmental Homes

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The Natural House is a tour of the construction, costs, and pros and cons of fourteen natural building methods. Straw Bale, Rammed Earth, Cob, Cordwood, Adobe, Earthbags, Papercrete, Earthships…whatever the method, the common goal is to create a house that is economical, energy efficient, nontoxic, soothing to the soul, kind to the environment, and pleasing to behold. This ...more
Paperback, 468 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Chelsea Green Publishing
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Leonardo Etcheto
Feb 14, 2010 Leonardo Etcheto rated it it was amazing
Very informative. Touches on a lot of subjects, some in more depth than others but all very clear and interesting explanations. Does a really good job of laying out the evaluation criteria and then showing the wide range of available materials and techniques.
A little hippy-dippy but not too bad. Gave me a lot of valuable information. Highly recomended as an overview of the area. Good resource section.
Suman Pant
Apr 02, 2016 Suman Pant rated it really liked it
For those who are interested in sustainable living or living off-grid, this is a good start. But this is not a book for someone who already knows these concepts. The book is basic, and mostly designed for people wanting to live in North America or places where transportation is easy- a lot of materials for the construction will require good transport for materials. The part on building passive solar house is the best part- and quite interesting.

Good beginners book.
Dave
Sep 25, 2014 Dave rated it liked it
This should probably be called something like The Less Destructive House. This stuff isn't really natural or sustainable. It is a good summary of the less destructive building options though.
Shannon
May 23, 2009 Shannon rated it it was amazing
This is a great ref for natual building alternatives. It's very easy to navigate adn get right to the information you want. It covers construction processes, benefis, drawbacks. There are lots of other sources offered, in case something is of particular interest.
Bryan
Jan 25, 2009 Bryan rated it really liked it
Lots of good information here on alternative building styles. If we had more homes like this our world would be a much better place for sure.
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Nov 20, 2008 PJ marked it as to-read
Flipping through this one it seems pretty solid, glad to have it in my library and will refer back to it later as I get closer to building a place.
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Dan has spent much of the past 30 years studying sustainability and applying what he has learned in solar energy, natural building, and green building to his residences, and most of the last ten plus years sharing the practical knowledge he has gained through writing, lectures, slide shows, and workshops.

Dan Chiras paid his last electric bill in June of 1996. It is not that he has disavowed the u
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