Building with Awareness: The Construction of a Hybrid Home DVD and Guidebook by Ted Owens
Constructing a straw bale solar home requires the merging of solar design with alternative building techniques. Books are useful for accessing information on these topics quickly and easily, while videos are a great way to show actual building methods and techniques firsthand.
The Building with Awareness DVD/guidebook combination brings you the best of both worlds. The award-winning DVD is inspiring and informative, with over five hours of material on every aspect of building a green home. The handy reference guidebook complements the DVD, with color photographs, diagrams, suggestions, and step-by-step methods, all condensed into a nuts-and-bolts format. Used together, these two valuable resources provide a visually dynamic and easy-to--understand library of information.
• Take a front-row seat on the work site, learning from the experts as they notch and stack the straw bales and mix the mud. • Learn about foundations, post-and-beam wall framing, roof construction and insulation, interior thermal mass walls for improved efficiency, rain-water cisterns, electrical wiring, and photovoltaic systems. • Learn earth-plastering techniques that create beautiful wall finishes. • Understand how window placement and other structural elements can help to heat and cool your home and lower your energy bills. • See how the structure works as a whole and how both energy efficiency and superb aesthetics can come from the same materials.
Ted Owens is president and co-owner of Syncronos Design Incorporated which promotes the use of appropriate technology and sustainable design in our built environment. Combining interests in design, appropriate technology, film and video, his main focus since 1996 has been on energy- and resource-efficient building design.