Building Green

Building Green

A Complete How-to Guide to Alternate Building Methods--earth Plaster, Straw Bale, Cordwood, Cob, Living Roofs

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The best-selling and highly regarded reference to sustainable construction gets an update! It’s refreshed with a completely revised introduction, a bright new cover, and extensive online resource tie-ins.


This groundbreaking book doesn’t just tell you about “green” house-building techniques: it actually shows you, with more than 1,200 step-by-step photographs that follow the actual erection of an alternative building from site selection to final-touch interior details. Readers will get a clear sense of the real world challenges as Snell and Callahan create a lovely country cottage using four methods: straw bale, cob, cordwood, and modified stick-frame.


Along with sidebars throughout, there’s a thorough discussion of the fundamentals of building construction, alternative approaches, and designing a beautiful yet environmentally responsible home. Building Green was the first book of its kind—and it remains heads and shoulders above other titles in this field.  


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We live in green times. Earth-based, recyclable, energy-efficient materials and earth-friendly construction methods hold much promise for the building trades. This book provides a comprehensive manual for combining materials such as cordwood, earth plaster, and straw bales with step-by-step green construction techniques. Over 1200 photographs illustrate each process, many of them throwbacks to times when buildings were constructed with more rudimentary tools and technologies. Chapters follow the development and completion of specific projects, showing how each step was accomplished. The authors have decades of hands-on construction experience, as will become apparent to anyone who delves into the details of this book. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Lark Books, c2009
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9781600595349
Characteristics: 614 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Callahan, Tim 1954-


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Jan 23, 2015

this book inspired me and taught me a lot along the way.The author took the time to explain the details and his thinking along the way, which made me understand why they did the things the way they did. Whether your looking to improve your knowledge,learn more about sustainable practices this book is for you

Nov 18, 2010

For me, this was not a huge perspective changing book like A Pattern Language was, but it was a joy to read. Very inspiring.

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