Building for life

Building, general & accessibility
Passive solar design
Materials & systems
   Earth building - general
   Rammed earth
   Cinva Ram - pressed block
   Clay & cob
   Timber, cordwood
   Healthy house - toxics
Water  survival, rainwater, constructed wetlands, gardens, greywater, well water
   Toilet waste systems
   Solar & solar electric
   Masonry heaters, ovens, wood
Building Publications & Codes
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  "There must be new contact between men and the earth; the earth must be newly seen and heard and felt and smelled and tasted; there must be a renewal of the wisdom that comes with knowing clearly the pain and the pleasure and the risk and the responsibility of being alive in this world."
  -- Wendell Berry

   "How do we go from the architect/constructor system to the architect- owner/builder system? One man cannot build a house, but ten men can build ten houses very easily, even a hundred houses. We need a system that allows the traditional way of cooperation to work in our society. We must subject technology and science to the economy of the poor and penniless. We must add the the aesthetic factor because the cheaper we build the more beauty we should add to respect man."
   -- Hassan Fathy



         Building - general

   Design for Living with Nature - Integrating Culture, Technology and Economics with Nature, By Art Ludwig
   How Your House Works, reference for homeowners
   The Smart Kitchen
   Home & matching Kitchen Styleslayouts,   books on kitchen design
   Cabinets 101
   Enlightened by Design - interior design using comtemplative wisdom
   Wood and light frame structures  Concrete and masonry  Mechanical systems & Electrical systems as well as general engineering drafting and surveying, Excellent, readable sections of technical know-how and building codes
   Advanced Framing for Walls and Ceilings, Oregon energy code .pdf file
   Advanced Framing Techniques: Optimum Value Engineering (OVE)
   Southern Pine Span Tables
   Framing/Special Roof Techniques & flooring  - Hometime
   Accessibility & Universal Design & do-it-yourself project help - Hometime
   Home Building Software, CADD, 3D Design, Shareware, Demos & Downloads
   Construction Software Center: Accounting, Design, Estimating & Management
   ToolBase Services - Building Industry's Technical Information Resource
   Sustainable Architecture, Building and Culture
   Oikos green building sources
   Sustainable Building Sourcebook
   Calculators of all kinds, Measurements, Conversion Units; Calculations Useful
   Construction -- Natural Home resources
   Bioshield non-toxic finishes
   Earthhaven Forestry Cooperative
   The Natural House - Chelsea Green Publishing Company
   HandymanWire - Expert Advice and help for do-it-yourselfers
   Virginia Farmstead Assessment System Worksheet
   Building a Multi-Use Barn: For Garage, Animals, Workshop, Studio
   Light Pipes: Seeing is Believing
   Siding and Sheathing Options for Wood Reduction
   Manufactured Systems, Autoclaved Aerated Concrete, Structural Insulated Panels, Insulated Concrete Forms and what's wrong with inside insulation, Shotcrete Systems at

           Accessibility & Universal Design

   How to Build Wheelchair Ramps for Homes is a manual of design and construction for modular wheelchair ramps.
   long-tread low-riser steps
   Pictures of accessible features - oven, pantry, countertop   other kitchen features   roll-in shower features   roll-under Vanity  doors, halls, outlets, switches 
   More on kitchen/bath  special interior features  build or remodel?
   Accessible Homes Foundation
   Center for Universal Design &   Principles of Universal Design
   Affordable and Universal Homes: A Plan Book from Habital for Humanity
   Accessible Space, Inc. "creates options for individuals who require accessible, affordable housing - townhomes, one and two bedroom apartments, cooperative homes, and adult foster homes. Housing costs are subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)."
   Institute on Independent Living & extensive links

  "The trouble with the rat race is, even if you win, you're still a rat"   -- Lily Tomlin

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