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Suggested Reading

General Alternative and Green Building Resources Books
Straw Bale Books
Earthen Materials



Elizabeth, Lynne and Cassandra Adams, eds. 2000.
Alternative Construction: Contemporary Natural Building Methods
. New York: John Wiley and Sons.

Imhoff, Dan. 2001.
Building With Vision: Optimizing and Finding Alternatives to Wood
. Healdsburg, CA: Watershed Media.

Lstiburek, Joseph. 1998.
Builder's Guide: Hot-Dry and Mixed-Dry Climates
. Westford, MA: Building Science Corporation.

Marinelli, Janet and Paul Bierman-Lytle. 1995.
Your Natural Home: The Complete Sourcebook and Design Manual for Creating a Healthy, Beautiful, and Environmentally Sensitive Home
. Boston: Little and Brown.

National Home Builders Association Research Center. 2000.
A Guide to Developing Green Builder Programs
. Upper Marlboro, MD: NAHBRC.

Pearson, David. 1989.
The Natural House Book: Creating a Healthy, Harmonious, and Ecologically-Sound Home Environment. New York: Simon and Schuster/Fireside.

Pearson, David. 1996.
The Natural House Catalog: Everything You Need to Create an Environmentally Friendly Home
. New York: Simon and Schuster/Fireside.

Rocky Mountain Institute. 1998.
Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate
. New York: John Wiley and Sons.

Various books on sustainable living and alternative construction methods/materials published by Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, VT. See catalog or http://www.chelseagreen.com/.



Environmental Building News, Brattleboro, VT
Environmental Building News is an outstanding journal on green building, and EBN also publishes the GreenSpec Directory and the Green Building Advisor CD-ROM).

Environmental Design and Construction, San Francisco, CA
Read David Eisenberg's article “Greening of the Building Codes” from January 2001.

Home Power, Ashland, OR

In Business magazine, Emmaus, PA
Of special note: The “Green Building Series” appears in the in July/August, September/October, and November/December 2000 issues (Vol. 22, No. 4, 5, 6).

Natural Home magazine, Loveland, CO

Solar Today, Boulder, CO



Waser, Katherine. 2000. “A report on the Pima County Alternative Building Materials Exhibit
in Arid Lands Newsletter, May 2000.

HUD Building Innovation for Homeownership - Award Winners : Arizona
Description of the superinsulated straw bale project that won an award from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). DCAT was a participant in this project.

Historic Straw-Bale Structures: An Eyewitness Account
Article by David Eisenberg published on the Skillful Means website

Overview of Straw Bale Construction
Article by David Eisenberg on the Tucson - Pima County Metropolitan Energy Commission website

Jaccaci , Alex and Steven Bodzin. 1996. “New Pioneering in Straw Bale Building”in Home
, July/August 1996.
Includes information on insulative qualities of straw bale and a quote by David Eisenberg.

Oldham, Jennifer. 2000. “House of Straw” in Cape Cod Times, June 4, 2000.
Feature article in the Cape Cod Times, in which David Eisenberg is quoted.



King, Bruce. 1996.
Buildings of Earth and Straw: Structural Design for Rammed Earth and Straw-Bale Architecture
. Sausalito, CA: Ecological Design Press (distributed by Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, VT).

Magwood, Chris and Peter Mack. 2000.
Straw Bale Building: How to Plan, Design and Build With Straw
. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Press.

Myhrman, Matts and S.O. MacDonald. 1997.
Build It With Bales: A Step-by-Step Guide to Straw Bale Construction, Version Two
. Tucson, AZ: Out on Bale.

Steen, Athena Swentzell, Bill Steen, David Bainbridge and David Eisenberg. 1994.
The Straw Bale House Book
White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing.



Center for Development of Enterprise, CRATerre-EAG, and ENTPE. 2000.
Compressed Earth Blocks: Testing Procedures
. Brussels: Center for the Development of Enterprise.

Easton, David. 1996.
The Rammed Earth House Book
. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing.

Houben, Hugo and Hubert Guillaud. 1989.
Earth Construction: A Comprehensive Guide
. London: Intermediate Technology Publications.

King, Bruce. 1996.
Buildings of Earth and Straw: Structural Design for Rammed Earth and Straw-Bale Architecture
. Sausalito, CA: Ecological Design Press (distributed by Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, VT).

Wojciechowska, Paula. 2001.
Building with Earth: A Guide to Flexible-Form Earthbag Construction
. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing.



Institute for Lightweight Structures. 1985. Bambus/Bamboo (IL 31). Stuttgart: Karl Kramer Verlag.
Janssen, Jules J.A. 1995. Building With Bamboo: A Handbook. London: Intermediate Technology Publications.

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