The Barefoot Architect: A Handbook for Green Building

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Shelter Publications, Inc., 2008 - Architecture - 705 pages
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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 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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Contents

how to design a house 18 windows 260
30
4 TEMPERATE ZONE 269
54
CLIMATE
98
siting a house 62 climate
270
heaters
286
house shapes 142 sand
325
sisal
340
ENERGY
506
location
532
measurements
682
climate zones
688
APPENDIX
698
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