Provo/Orem Energy Source

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Alternative Building Techniques

I've been very interested in alternative building methods and using less energy in construction and living. I really started my learning reading about passive solar design about 2 years ago, but have made a much more thorough study over the past 6 months. Most of the learning has been book learning, but I have also visited a home designed and built with to be heated and cooled passively that I've already written a post on, and I've also visit a staw bale greenhouse in Feb up in Salt Lake, (800 S 600 E), the only strawbale structure I'm aware of anywhere close to where I live. The following is a list of the useful information that I have used in my search.

  • I bought and read: The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes - Athena and Bill Steen (Chelsea Green)
  • These were the best books on the topic that I read from the Provo City Library:
    • The Good House Book: A common sense guide to Alternative Home Building - Clarke Snell (A Natural Home Book)
    • The Passive Solar House: Using solar design to heat and cool your home - James Kachadorian (Chelsea Green)
    • EcoNest: creating sustainable sanctuaries of clay, strawand timber - Paula Baker-Laporte and Robert Laporte
    • The New Ecological Home: A simple guide to green building options - Daniel D Chiras (Chelsea Green)
    • Earth Sheltered Homes - Rob Roy (A Mother Earth News Book)
  • These were the other books on the topic that I read from the Provo City Library:
    • The Real Goods Independant Builder: Designing and building a house your own way - Sam Clark (Chelsea Green)
    • The Solar House: Passive heating and cooling - Daniel D Chiras (Chelsea Green)
  • Websites I've found informative