Building for life

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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
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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



             Earth building systems - general

   Earthbuilders Encyclopedia on CD - Resources for: Adobe Homes, Adobe Houses, Bond Beams, Clay, Cob, Count Rumford, Electrical, Fachwerk, Adobe Fireplaces, Foundations for Adobe, Green Building, Grubka,Plasters, Plumbing, Pressed Block, Rammed Earth, Vigas
   Earth Architecture Center International
   Earth Architecture Hands On Intermediate Technology Development Group Schumacher Centre, UK
   Plymouth school of Earthern Architecture, UK
   Earth Materials at Greenbuilder Sourcebook
   Earth-sheltered design at Greenbuilder Sourcebook
   Technical information on earthen building
   Earthship Off-grid home
   Earthships-resources, designs, and workshops
   Cast earth
   Earth building in Scotland
   Organic building story, New Zealand
   Shifting Boundaries, earth construction New Mexico
   Natural building techniques, Strawbale Central
   Techniques for Building With Earth, discussion at
   Too many to categorize, at
   Understanding Stabilized Earth Construction, technical paper
   Nader Khalili at Cal-Earth
   Natural Building Colloquium
   Monolithic Domes
   Monolithic Domebuilders source
   Building with earth webring

             Rammed earth

   Quantitative criteria for the selection and stabilisation of soils for rammed earth wall construction, [PDF]  A thesis submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of the Built Environment University of New South Wales by Van Stephan Burroughs 2001
   Rammed Earth Work,  modern earth construction techniques
   The Rammed Earth Renaissance, video


   Lime, cement, gypsum, from Italy
   National Lime Association, US
   Lime over SB renders, Australia
   Lime details Lime-Based Renders article
   Lime process Country Living Article
   Lime centre uk


   Paul McHenry, School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico
   Southwest Desert Sustainability Project and Discussion Group and
Composite Adobe: Introduction, Workability, Codification and Opportunity
   Gypsum Adobe Construction Technology, Southern California Institute of Architecture 
   Earth Building Foundation - Paul McHenry
   Adobe architecture at NMSU
   Adobe Journal
   SouthWest Solar Adobe School
   New Mexico Adobe and Rammed Earth Building-Code
   Adobe guidelines from Claymine Adobe
   Adobe Horno Oven-how to
   Adobe Houses - traditional and modern designs with solar features
   Earthbags, papercrete, adobe videos


   Dry stack block walls for HTMs
   Energy Efficiency & Mass Walls, cast earth
   Cement basics, Portland Cement Assoc
   Concrete Counterops, the book of concrete design
   Hand operated cement mixer
   Arab Union for Cement and Building Materials

             Cinva Ram - pressed block

   Cinva Ram Plans
   Fernco Metals- Hydraulic Cinva ram-type machine
   Pictures of a home-made cinva ram in Australia
   Terrabrick machine


   Building with Earth - a Guide to Flexible-Form Earthbag Construction
   Earthbags, papercrete, adobe videos


   Earth Sheltered Design, Green Building Sourcebook
   Earth sheltered housing, at Illinois Solar Energy Assoc

             Clay & cob

   A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage
   Light earth construction, UK
   Natural building, design coalition
   Straw and clay Hobbit house, Natural Home
   Making The Building Code Work For Cob
   Groundworks - Cob information and workshops
   The Cob Cottage Company
   Building with Wood chip and Light-clay Infill Systems, Fox Maple
   BioShield Clay Paints
   Straw-clay walls posts


   Building with Stone
   Ferrocement & Ferrocement Primer
   Slipform Stone Masonry
   Cellular concrete products
   Insulated formwork products


   Surfin' Straw Bale many sources
   Huff 'n Puff Australian Straw bale builder
   Straw Bale Construction Information
   Straw Bale Construction Information
   Surfin' Strawbale - The source for strawbale construction links
   The Last Straw - Strawbale and Natural Building newletter/journal
   British Strawbale Building Association
   Straw Bale Association of Texas
   Straw Bale Construction Association New Mexico
   California Straw Building Association
   Surfin' Strawbale Links 

             Timber, cordwood

   Timber Framers Guild subject index
   Timber Framing Magazine Online
   Joiner's Quarterly & Fox Maple School of Traditional Building
   Log home links 


   Building with Papercrete and Paper Adobe
   Earthbags, papercrete, adobe videos

             Healthy house - toxics

   The Healthy House Institute Archives
   Paints, Finishes and Adhesives 
   Home Sweet, Energetic, Non-Toxic Home
   Environmental Building News
   Environmental Health Clearinghouse
   Vaastu Shastra / Feng Shui
   Bioshield non-toxic finishes

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

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