Building with Vision: Optimizing and Finding Alternatives to Wood

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Watershed Media, Jan 1, 2001 - Architecture - 136 pages
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Combining environmental philosophy, practical information and dynamic visuals, Building with Vision makes accessible many solutions to wasteful tree-dependent construction and design. In addition to identifying the benefits, challenges, and applications of the recommended alternatives to contemporary American construction, this book details building methods to minimize wood waste, maximize efficiency, and emphasize the unique aesthetic properties of non-wood materials.
Part resource guide, part photo essay, this 136-page gem is packed full of beautifully composed, nearly tactile photographs that bring to life an array of alternative materials. Case studies highlight successful building projects that utilize innovative and effective framing, siding, insulation, roofing, and finishing materials and techniques.
Building systems featured include Rastra, a new kind of interlocking block made of recovered Styrofoam packaging; Structural Insulated Pales (SIPs) made of plywood, OSB, or strawboard with a thick foam core; and a variety of "Eco-Crete," super-insulating concrete systems. A wide range of finish materials are discussed as well; panel board made from agricultural crop waste, flooring derived from used tires, natural linoleum and certified woods, and cement countertops embedded with finds from the urban waste stream.

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Preface Construction without Destruction
Section One The Case for Local Solutions
Section Two FSCCertified Recycled and Salvaged Wood

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About the author (2001)

Daniel Imhoff is the editor of "The CAFO Reader: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories" and the photo-format companion volume, "CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation): The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories". He is a writer and independent publisher whose many books include "Food Fight", "Farming with the Wild", "Paper or Plastic", "Building with Vision", and "Farming and the Fate of Wild Nature". He lives in Northern California.

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