The Natural Building Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to Integrative Design and Construction [NOOK Book]

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Natural buildings not only bring satisfaction to their makers and joy to their occupants, they also leave the gentlest footprint on the environment. In this complete reference to natural building philosophy, design, and technique, Jacob Deva Racusin and Ace McArleton walk ...

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The Natural Building Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to Integrative Design and Construction

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Overview

Natural buildings not only bring satisfaction to their makers and joy to their occupants, they also leave the gentlest footprint on the environment. In this complete reference to natural building philosophy, design, and technique, Jacob Deva Racusin and Ace McArleton walk builders through planning and construction, offering step-by-step instructions on:




  • siting and site analysis

  • choosing materials

  • integrating basic structural considerations into a design

  • strategies for heating/cooling efficiency and moisture management

  • planning for acoustics

  • developing an integrative design

  • navigating budgeting, code compliance, and project management

  • creating the foundation, wall system, roof, and floors

  • selecting and making plasters and paints

  • evaluating options for mechanical and utility systems

  • protecting against fire and insects

  • integrating structures within landscape, climate, and human communities


...and more



Applicable to building in climates that are cold and wet, hot and dry, or somewhere in-between, The Natural Building Companion provides the tools necessary to understand basic principles of building science, including structural and thermal engineering, and hydrodynamics. This guide offers thorough, up-to-date, and advanced installation details and performance characteristics of straw-bale, straw-clay, woodchip-clay, and cellulose wall systems, as well as earthen and stone wall systems and a variety of framing, roofing, flooring, mechanical system, and finishing options. This fully-illustrated volume informs professionals making the transition from conventional building, homeowners embarking on their own construction, or green builders who want comprehensive guidance on natural-building options. A State-of-the-Art Resource for Natural Builders The Natural Building Companion is a part of The Yestermorrow Design/Build Library and includes an instructional DVD.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Builders and educators Racusin and McArleton bring all considerations of green construction to light. Their writing is articulate and their explanations are in-depth, but they provide little how-to. Chapters encompass a wide variety of natural construction methods and materials. The planning sections really shine. VERDICT This guide stands out for the wealth of information it provides on green construction basics and planning. A solid addition to building collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603583404
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • File size: 103 MB
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Meet the Author

Jacob Deva Racusin is co-owner of New Frameworks Natural Building, a Vermont-based contracting and consulting business specializing in the integration of natural materials, holistic design principles, an intentional process to create high-performance structures of beauty. Jacob also teaches a series of natural building courses through the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren, Vermont. He has helped to develop the Natural Building Intensive Certificate Program, a twelve-week-long building education program in which a community of students build an entire structure in a real-world environment from start to finish in a curricular setting. Jacob has served as program director from 2008-09. Jacob is a member of Seven Generations Natural Builders, a natural building education collective that offers training in natural building technologies across the world. He is also a Certified Passive House Consultant.


Ace McArleton is co-owner of New Frameworks Natural Building, LLC, a Vermont-based contracting and consulting business specializing in the integration of natural materials, holistic design principles, an intentional process to create high-performance structures of beauty. Ace teaches at Yestermorrow Design/Build School, both within the Natural Building Intensive Certificate Program and in the general curriculum, and offers workshops on straw bale and natural building to diverse groups throughout the United States. Ace participates in professional organizations such as Natural Builders Northeast and the Timber Framers Guild.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: The context for natural building

1. A brief history of natural building in the Northeast

2. Ecology

3. Beyond the building: siting and landscape design

4. Soil and stone: geology and mineralogy

5. Flora and fauna

Part 2: Building science and performance

6. Structure and natural building

7. Heat and natural building

8. Moisture and natural building

9. Fire, insects, and acoustics

Part 3: Natural building practices

10. Design

11. Before construction

12. Foundations for natural buildings

13. Framing for natural buildings

14. Insulative wall systems: straw bale

15. Insulative wall systems: straw-clay, woodchip-clay, and cellulose

16. Natural mass-wall systems: earth and stone

17. Natural plastering

18. Roofs for natural buildings

19. Floors for natural buildings

20. Natural finishes

21. Mechanicals and utilities for natural buildings

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