The New Natural House Book: Creating a Healthy, Harmonious, and Ecologically Sound Home

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Simon and Schuster, 1998 - Architecture - 304 pages

This completely revised and redesigned edition of the bestselling Natural House Book brings you hundreds of practical energy- and money-saving ideas to enhance your home, your environment, and your well-being.

Originally published in 1989, The Natural House Book anticipated our problems with garbage disposal, indoor air pollution, water purification, and environmental hazards. Today more than ever, we need inspiration and cutting-edge information to transform our homes into havens for the body, mind, and spirit.

Lavishly illustrated with more than 100 full-color photos, combining the expertise of top architects, designers, and ecology authorities from all over the world, here is a hands-on, step-by-step, room-by-room architectural and design guide to bring you and your family safely and happily into the twenty-first century.

You'll find out how to:

  • Use the latest toxin-free materials
  • Improve air and water quality
  • Save energy
  • Minimize maintenance
  • Create green space
  • Combat environmental hazards
  • Incorporate aromatherapy and feng shui
  • Design a personal space for contemplation
  • Build an exercise room
  • Use color, texture, and design to create a nourishing, stress-free environment for your family

Featuring a new Gaia House prototype design, a new Charter for Natural Building, and completely updated appendices on natural paints and varnishes, household cleaners, and indoor air pollution, as well as a mail-order resource list for furniture, carpeting, water filtration, and textiles, The New Natural House Book will help you create a better future.


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David Pearson DIP ARCH (HONS) MCRP, RIBA, is an architect and planner who has been actively involved in inner city and new community housing for most of his working life in Britain and the USA. Since the 1980s he has been active in the fields of ecological design and Gaia philosophy (inspired by the view of the Earth as a living organism). With degrees from both the University of London and the University of California, Berkeley, he works, lectures, and travels widely. David Pearson is Founder and Chair of the Trustees of the Ecological Design Association, an educational charity, and Editor of Eco-Design, the Association's journal. As Managing Director of Gaia Environments Ltd, he has been architectural consultant on a range of exciting projects. He is also a Founder Member of Gaia International, an innovative group of international eco-architects who collaborate in competitions and architectural events.

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