The Barefoot Architect: A Handbook for Green Building

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A former UN worker and prominent architect, Johan van Lengen has seen firsthand the desperate need for a "greener" approach to housing in impoverished tropical climates. This comprehensive book clearly explains every aspect of this endeavor, including design (siting, orientation, climate consideration), materials (sisal, cactus, bamboo, earth), and implementation. The author emphasizes throughout the book what is inexpensive and sustainable. Included are sections discussing urban planning, small-scale energy...

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Overview

A former UN worker and prominent architect, Johan van Lengen has seen firsthand the desperate need for a "greener" approach to housing in impoverished tropical climates. This comprehensive book clearly explains every aspect of this endeavor, including design (siting, orientation, climate consideration), materials (sisal, cactus, bamboo, earth), and implementation. The author emphasizes throughout the book what is inexpensive and sustainable. Included are sections discussing urban planning, small-scale energy production, cleaning and storing drinking water, and dealing with septic waste, and all information is applied to three distinct tropical regions: humid areas, temporate areas, and desert climates. Hundreds of explanatory drawings by van Lengen allow even novice builders to get started.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780936070421
  • Publisher: Shelter Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 635,076
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface
Introduction
How to Use This Manual
Design     1
Drawings     2
House form     8
Spaces     15
How to design a house     18
Models     30
Dimensions     34
Environment     38
Lighting     54
Siting a house     62
Buildings     73
Settlements     89
Climate     98
Urban spaces     106
Circulation     116
Natural environment     133
Humid Tropics     141
House shapes     142
Roofs     144
Structures     158
Pests     194
Doors and windows     199
Ventilation     202
Humidity     204
Roads and bridges     210
Dry Tropics     223
House shapes     224
Ventilation     228
Roofs     243
Windows     260
Temperate Zone     269
Climate     270
Heating     276
Solar collector rooms     280
Heaters     286
Materials     295
Selecting materials     296
Earth     298
Ferrocement     316
Sand     325
Lime     326
Wood     329
Cactus     332
Bamboo     334
Sisal     340
Seacrete     342
Construction     347
Preparation     350
Using materials     356
Foundations     362
Walls     376
Panels     432
Floors     440
Roofs     448
Doors and windows     480
Services     502
Special items     509
Tools     527
Ecotechniques     536
Energy     541
Heat and motion     542
Mills     544
Solar heat     550
Stoves     570
Water     581
Location     582
Pumps     586
Moving water     600
Cisterns     608
Filters     616
Purification     622
Irrigation     634
Cooling & conservation      637
Sanitation     643
Equipment     644
Bason     653
Coban     672
Drainage     677
Maps & Tables     679
Materials and heat     680
Measurements     682
Mixtures     684
Climate zones     688
Angles     692
Appendix     698
Glossary     699
Bibliography     700
Index     702
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2008

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    If you want to build a hut and an outhouse, this is your book but for building 'green' in the United States this book won't help.

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