Contemporary Natural Building Methods
The first comprehensive guide to combining traditional natural
materials and modern construction methods.
From adobe to straw bales, traditional building materials are being
adapted to meet code-required standards for health and safety in
contemporary buildings around the world. Not only are they cost
effective and environmentally friendly, but, when used correctly,
these natural alternatives match the strength and durability of
many mainstream construction materials.
This book examines a broad range of traditional and modern natural
construction methods, including straw-bale, light-clay, cob, adobe,
rammed earth and pise, earthbag, earth-sheltered, bamboo, and
hybrid systems. It also covers key ecological design principles, as
well as current engineering and building code requirements.
Experts on each building system have contributed core chapters that
explore the history, development, climatic appropriateness,
environmental benefits, performance characteristics, construction
techniques, and structural design principles for each method. More
than 200 visuals depict both construction processes and completed
structures. An extensive resource guide shows where to go for
further information, training, and research.
In an increasingly resource-conscious era, alternative construction
is truly an idea whose time has come. Whether you're an architect,
designer, student, or homeowner, this book will help you to combine
indigenous building materials with modern construction systems and
design standards to create low-impact, high-quality buildings that
meet the highest levels of comfort, health, and safety.