|Cooking with the
How to Build and Use Solar Cookers
by Beth Halacy and Dan Halacy - A simple yet highly effective solar oven can be built for less than $20 in materials. Solar cookers don't pollute, don't smoke, leave no ashes to clean up, and operate with free fuel and can be used anywhere. Contains easy-to-follow instructions accompanied by helpful graphics on how to build a solar oven that can reach 400° Fahrenheit, plus 100 recipes designed especially for solar cooking. These dishes, simple to prepare, range from everyday Solar Stew and Texas Biscuits to tasty exotics like Enchilada Casserole.
116 pages 7 x 10 in.
|The Most Energy
Efficient Appliances - 2001
by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy - This booklet is an annual listing of the top-rated residential equipment on the U.S. market.
34 pages, 5 x 8 in.
|Adobe: Build It
by Paul Graham McHenry Jr."Adobe is the ideal material for the beginner. It is a warm, kind materials that is forgiving of mistakes, and amenable to changes.....The purpose of this book is to enable you to plan and build your own home intelligently and realistically. Primary emphasis is placed on adobe construction, but as you will find in pursuing the project, there are many other materials and problems with which you must deal, and many principles are discussed at length which would apply to building a home from many materials." Excerpt from the Introduction to Adobe: Build It Yourself
1998, 158 pages, 9 x 12 in.
Traditional, Natural and Sustainable Building Products and Services
Ed. Steve ChappellEnclosed are over 900 individual listings from more than 400 companies. Most of the products, and or, services, focus on natural, traditional and sustainable building techniques and systems.
141 page, 8½ x 11 in.
|The Art of Natural
Design, Construction, Resources
Eds. Joseph F. Kennedy, Michael G. Smith and Catherine WanekThe search for housing that is healthy, affordable, and environmentally responsible is leading a growing number of people to take a fresh look at 'natural building' - an approach that uses traditional materials and methods abandoned by the modern construction industry, as well as contemporary ecological building technologies.
Gathering together the wisdom of more than fifty leaders in the alternative construction field, The Art of Natural Building is a complete and user-friendly introduction to natural building. Profusely illustrated, the book first discusses the context of natural buliding in terms of economics, social justice and sustainability. Design and planning issues are reviewed in depth, followed by a comprehensive treatment of natural building materials and techniques. Inspirational case studies from around the world profile pioneer builders and their projects - including a low-cost adobe vault, an earthbag-papercrete house, and a straw bale retail store - concluding with a detailed resources section.
2002, 286 page, 8 x 9 in.
|The Beauty of Straw
by Athena and Bill SteenThe first architects, builders, and homeowners to embrace the straw bale renaissance were excited by the energy conservation, resource recycling, and affordability of this rediscovered building material. As their movement evolved, however, it became apparent that the elegant simplicity of straw had also enabled its practitioners to tap into an undiscovered creative aquifer.
Athena and Bill Steen, co-authors of The Straw Bale House, a book widely credited with popularizing and legitimizing straw bale construction, celebrate in gorgeous color photography the accomplishments of straw bale artisans. Selecting from a variety of building types and applications, they vividly portray the sensuous versatility and cross-cultural appeal of this most accessible from of construction. Accompanying the stunning visual display is a text that incorporates key lessons the Steens have learned in their years as straw bale pioneers. Their insights into design, materials, and construction techniques provide a practical grounding by highlighting the special features and unique personality of each building
2000, 113 pages, 8 x 8 in.
|Build it with
A step-by-step guide to straw-bale construction
by Matt Myhrman and S.O. MacDonaldThis indispensable book takes the designer/builder through the entire step-by-step. It walks you through the building process sequentially, from discerning the differences between hay and straw to applying finishing touches on the wall surfaces.
143 pages, 8½ x 11 in.
|Building Materials for
the Environmentally Hypersensitive
by Canada Mortgage and Housing CorporationThis practical sourcebook is for people with environmental hypersensitivities, serious asthma or allergies, and for those who build housing for them. It contains the best-available information on many common materials and their potential effects on indoor air quality by combining published materials and the experiences of the hypersensitive. Building Materials for the Environmentally Hypersensitive includes personal test instructions, a comprehensive index and a list of suppliers of specialty products.
2000, 238 pages, 8½ x 11 in.
An Architects Sketchbook
by Malcolm WellsHere's a principle so simple and so logical that it has nearly disappeared from the architectural radar screen. Animals (including early humans) know that the best way to stay warm in winter and cool in summer is to surround the living space with the insulating power of the earth. Combine the thermal properties of earthen walls, or berms, with simple principles of passive solar energy, and you have energy efficiency. The Earth-Sheltered House makes its cogent case by using the authors futuristic illustrations. The script is written in the author's own hand, giving this book a personal feel.
192 pages, 11 x 8½ in.
The ecological home improvement guide
by Edward HarlandHousing experts estimate that by the year 2020 roughly one-fifth of America's existing homes will have been replaced by new structures. Of the remaining 80 percent of older homes, almost all will need renovation - not just normal maintenance, but improvements designed to make them more energy-efficient, healthy and ecologically sound. Eco-Renovation is the first book specifically aimed at homeowners who want to make their houses as "green" as possible. Author Edward Harland provides a concise overview of the major home-related ecological questions and concerns and then offers practical solutions and suggestions for renovating the home ecologically.
1999, 242 pages, 6 x 9 in.
|The Evolution of an
The Story of a Solar Electric Pioneer
by Paul Jeffrey FowlerThe site was up a winding dirt road, in the remote hills of western Massachusetts, 1.3 miles removed from the power line. After a long search, Jeffrey Fowler found the piece of land he had been looking for - one that he could call home. This is the story of how one man used local resources, ingenuity, imagination, and patience to create a homestead powered by the sun. Fowler, who later used his knowledge and experience to become an authority on remote solar electric homes, recounts the unique successes and struggles in developing this new technology for his lifestyle.
251 pages, 8 x 10 in.
|Green Building Resource
by John Hermannsson, AIAJust about everyone wants to do right by the environment, but all too often the pressures of daily life get in the way of our good intentions. Nowhere is this truer than in the building and remodeling of houses. People who are determined to build "green" often have trouble finding earth-friendly alternatives to common materials, and they are often scared away from such materials by what appear to be higher prices.
Architect John Hermannsson, a specialist in environmentally sound building practices, created this resource guide to help everyone involved in home building - builders, architects, and homeowners - find the facts needed to make informed decisions about environmentally sensitive design construction. Inside this book, you will find approximately 600 "green" building materials succinctly described.
240 pages, 6 x 9 in.
How Living in the Right House Can Heal You Spiritually, Emotionally, and Physically
by Barbara Bannon HarwoodAs Barbara Harwood says, "Every person on earth deserves their own Healing House, and there is a pathway on which each person can walk to find theirs. If simply principles are followed, a Healing House can be available to people in all income ranges. Remember: If you don't have a home that heals your spirit, this world can never feel comfortable to you - no matter what else you have!"
308 pages, 6 x 9 in.
Sustainable Architecture and Design
by Suzi Moore McGregor and Nora Burba TrulssonFor those who want a beautiful home that reflects an environmentally conscious lifestyle, the residences featured in Living Homes prove that it's possible to have the best of both worlds. Lavishly illustrated, Living Homes tours more than twenty houses built with adobe, rammed earth, straw bale and reinvented materials. Not only are these homes ecologically sound, they are beautifully designed and sumptuously furnished. Homeowners and architects tell the story of how each house was built and what inspired their design choices. With a fascinating historical explanation of the four different building methods being reintroduced today and spectacular photographs complementing the profile of each residence, Living Homes is sure to both inform and inspire innovative property owners.
204 pages, 10 x 10 in.
Ecological Building and Design
edited by Thomas Schmitz-GüntherThe dream house that harmonizes human needs, technology and ecology is not a privilege for the affluent. Today an eco-friendly home does not necessarily require more money, just more thought and planning.
This book presents the results of many years of reporting and independent research carried out by the German Öko-Test consumer magazine, adapted to the international market by experts in the field. It contains an expert evaluation of all current building materials, a factual discussion of modern construction techniques and, for the first time, a systemic survey of the various aspects involved in ecological architecture. The topics discussed range from choosing the plot and suitable construction method to design and landscaping.
479 pages, 8½ x 12 in.
A Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Options
by Greg PahlNatural Home Heating is the first comprehensive resource for heating your home with renewable energy. Greg Pahl offers a well-organized, easy-to-understand tour of your renewable home-heating options, including wood, pellet, corn, and grain-fired stoves, fireplaces, furnaces and boilers, as well as masonry heaters, active and passive solar systems, and heat pumps. Included is everything you need to know about he fuels, systems, technologies, costs, and advantages and disadvantages of each option. Pahl teaches homeowners how to retrofit existing heating systems and choose renewable replacements, or design an entirely new house that can be heated comfortably with minimal environmental and financial impact.
2003, 274 pages, 8 x 10 in.
A Complete Guide to Healthy, Energy-Efficient, Environmental Homes
by Daniel D. ChirasThe Natural House is a tour of the construction, costs, and pros and cons of fourteen natural building methods. Straw Bale, Rammed Earth, Cob, Cordwood, Adobe, Earthbags, Papercrete, Earthsips...whatever the method, the common goal is to create a house that is economical, energy efficient, nontoxic, soothing to the soul, kind to the environment, and pleasing to behold. This comprehensive sourcebook offers in-depth information that will guide your search for the perfect sustainable dream home. It is a must for home builders, contractors, and architects.
2000, 468 pages, 8 x 10 in.
|The Natural House
Everything you need to know to create an environmentally friendly home
by David PearsonIf you are looking to design a truly healthy home, The Natural House Catalog draws on the very latest environmentally sound technology, providing all the information you need to create an maintain your ideal living space. With the enormous number of materials, products, and services now offered, this book is the ideal reference.
1996, 287 pages, 8 x 9½ in.
|The New Ecological
A Complete Guide to Green Building Options
by Daniel D. ChirasShelter, like many elements of human existence, comes at an extraordinary cost to our planet and its inhabitants. Nearly 60 percent of all timber cut in the United States is used to build 1.2 million new houses per year. Construction wastes - and the staggering amounts of electricity, water, and nonrenewable products consumed in the day-to-day operation of the "modern" household - add to this massive drain on the Earth's natural resource base. In addition to environmental costs, there are the personal economic costs - the thousands of dollars homeowners spend each year to heat, cool and pwer their homes.
Today, a new generation of architects and builders is emerging, intent on constructing homes that cause a fraction of the environmental impact of conventional housing. Green building not only helps the planet, but also meets human needs more fully than standard building practices, creating healthier, less costly, more beautiful living spaces. The New Ecological Home contains a wealth of up-to-date, practical information on green building techniques, materials, products and technologies.
2004, 307 pages, 8 x 10 in.
|The New Independent
People and Houses that Harvest the Sun, Wind, and Water
by Michael PottsAcross America, and around the world, modern homesteaders are enjoying the efficiency, economy, and peace of mind now possible when a home is harvesting energy from natural sources such as the sun, wind, and water. Michael Potts has traveled far and wide to interview pioneers who have learned to live, quite literally, more lightly on the planet. Combining a deep respect for nature with a quest for self-reliance and an unabashed fascination with vanguard technologies, these are people residing artfully on the very edge of our society - the cutting edge.
392 pages, 8 x 10 in.
|The New Natural House
Creating a Healthy, Harmonious, and Ecologically Sound Home
by David PearsonThis 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 inspirational 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.
1998, 304 pages, 8½ x 9½ in.
|Prescriptions for a
A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders, and Homeowners
by Paula Baker, AIA, Erica Elliott, MD, and John BantaIt has been said that we shape our buildings, and then our buildings shape us. When considering the fact that average Americans spend 90% or more of their lives indoors, the significance of this statement becomes apparent. In the current era of unprecedented technological advancement, it stands to reason that we would use our knowledge to create indoor environments to enhance our health and sense of well-being. Yet this has not been the case.Prescriptions for a Healthy Home takes the mystery out of healthy house building by walking the owner/architect/builder team through the construction process. It explains where and why standard building practices are not healthful, what to do differently, and how to obtain alternative materials and expertise. This unique book provides information on how to design interior and exterior space, and select construction materials that enhance and promote physical well-being.
1998, 259 pages, 8 x 10 in.
|The Rammed Earth
by David EastonHumans have been using earth as a primary building material for more than ten thousand years. Rammed earth, as practiced today, involved tamping a mixture of earth, water and a little cement into wooden forms to create thick, sturdy masonry walls. Earthbuilt homes offer inhabitants a powerful sense of security and well-being and have a permanence and solidity altogether lacking in so many of today's modular, pre-fab houses.
306 pages, 8 x 10 in.
|The Real Goods
Designing and Building a House Your Own Way
by Sam ClarkThis is a comprehensive manual of design and building methods for owner-builders as well as professional builders and their clients. In addition to presenting specific building techniques, the book explains the design principles and planning processes that underlie all good building, so that readers can develop their own exceptional designs, independently.
522 pages, 7½ x 10 in.
How to Enjoy Designing and Building Your Own Home
by Jon Broome and Brian RichardsonArchitects Jon Broome and Brian Richardson recognize that professional advice sometimes undermines the emotional satisfaction that motivates people to build their own homes. The Self-Build Book encourages and teaches the individual how to maintain control of the designing and building process, thereby maximizing effectiveness and pleasure.
271 pages, 8 x 10 in.
A Home Construction Guide for All Climates
by Paul Lacinski and Michel BergeronStraw bale houses are beautiful to look at, comfortable to live in, and fun to build. Straw, a remarkable agricultural by-product, can be used in a surprising variety of climates, from the wet rainforests of the Pacific Northwest to the frigid hardscrabble of northern New England, if you know how to handle the "serious" issues of moisture, humidity, and temperature. In Serious Straw Bale Paul Lacinski and Michel Bergeron have created a comprehensive guide to help designers, contractors, and owner/builders everywhere decide if straw bale is a viable building option for their situation. Also included is hard-to-find information on plaster materials and techniques used to finish straw bale homes.
2000, 370 pages, 8 x 10 in.
|Solar Living Source
The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living
by John Schaeffer & The Real Goods StaffSolar technologies keep getting cheaper, more reliable, and more suitable for a wide variety of applications. For tens of thousands of people, devices that produce electricity and heat using solar, wind and water energy are no longer 'alternative' at all. This is the definitive reference for anyone who wants the most comprehensive information on consumer products that are energy-efficient, clean and healthy, and powered by renewable sources of energy.
694 pages, 8½ x 11 in.
How to plan, design & build with straw
by Chris Magwood & Peter MackStraw bale buildings have grown tremendously in popularity over recent years. At the same time, designers and builders have increased their knowledge about this unique construction method, making possible homes of unparalleled beauty and energy-efficiency. Now, withStraw Bale Building, this technique is explained in the fullest depth yet, enabling everyone who wants to build a house with bales to do so with confidence, safety and flair and to do si in compliance with local building codes. Furthermore, while many early straw bale buildings have been built in drier, southern climates, Straw Bale Building includes a special focus on northern climate construction.
2000, 234 pages, 8 x 9 in.
edited by Alan Gray and Anne HallThis book details practical strawbale building experience you can use to build anything from a small cabin in the bush to a mansion in the city. There are even plans for building your own backyard chicken shed. Many legally approved strawbale houses have been built in Australia in the past few years, and in the USA people have been building in strawbale for a hundred years.
2000, 156 pages, 6 x 9 in.
|The Straw Bale
by Athena Swentzell Steen, Bill Steen and David Bainbridge with David EisenbergImagine building a house with superior seismic stability, fire resistance, and thermal insulation, using an annually renewable resource, for half the cost of a comparable conventional home. The Straw Bale House shows how thick, sturdy bale walls will provide: superior insulation, good indoor air quality and noise reduction, a speedy construction process and the use of natural and abundant renewable resources.
336 pages, 8 x 10 in.
Architecture White Papers
by Earth Pledge FoundationA remarkable collection of vibrant and diverse readings, Sustainable Architecture White Papers explores the critical link between our built and natural environments. Cutting-edge architecture, design, planning, and education leaders illustrate a new architectural strategy. Sustainable architecture teaches us that when creative processes are used in conjunction with social, cultural, and environmental systems, architecture can meet the aesthetic and practical requirements of today without compromising the needs of future generations.
2000, 324 pages, 4½ x 8 in.
Inspired by Nature
by Janine M. BenyusNature offers countless examples of how to revolutionize our products, our processes, and our lives. In Biomimicry, noted science writer Janine M. Benyus names and explains this new science and shows how it is transforming how we invent, compute, heal ourselves, harness energy, do business, and feed the world. She introduces the maverick researchers who are studying proteins to make blindingly fast computers, discovering new drugs by observing what animals eat, and more. Biomimicry is an absorbing account of vision and invention - and the first look at a field that may hold the key to our survival.
1997, 308 pages, 6 x 9 in.
|The Composting Toilet
A Practical Guide to Choosing, Planning and Maintaining Composting Toilet Systems, a Water-Saving, Pollution Preventing Wastewater Solution
by David Del Porto and Carol SteinfeldThe Composting Toilet System Book contains the information you need to choose and operate composting toilet systems, a low-water and environmentally friendly wastewater management alternative. Long used by off-the-grid homeowners, parks, and cottage owners, composting systems are now making their way into conventional year-round homes. The technology has improved, and models are now available in styles compatible with upscale bathrooms.
192 pages, 8½ x 11 in.
A Village to Reinvent the World
by Alan WeismanThe eastern savannas of war-ravaged Columbia are among the most brutal environs on earth, an unlikely setting for on the most helpful environmental stories ever told. Here, more than twenty-five years ago, a visionary named Paolo Lugari set out to create a village that could sustain itself agriculturally and economically. The inhabitants of Gaviotas realized that if they wanted basic necessities, they would need to be resourceful, so the invented wind turbines to convert mild breezes into energy, super-efficient pumps that tap previously inaccessible sources of water, and solar kettles that sterilize drinking water using the furious heat of the tropical sun.
240 pages, 6 x 9 in.
Healthy communities, Healthy Planet
Ed. Mark RoselandThe vision of ecological cities - or "eco-cities" - is one that links ecological sustainability with social justice and the pursuit of sustainable livelihoods. It is a vision that acknowledges the ecological limits to growth, that promotes ecological and cultural diversity and a vibrant, democratic community life, and that supports a community-based economy directed toward fulfilling real human needs rather than just simply expanding. Eco-City Dimensions explores in depth these key features of ecological cities, demonstrating that real movement is under way toward implementing the vision of eco-cities, initiated by citizen organizations and municipal officials around the world. Eco-City Dimensions honors the crucial role that cities play in planetary health, while presenting a variety of inspiring proposals for improving communities to meet the challenge of sustainability.
1997, 211 pages, 5½ x 8½ in.
|The Passive Solar
Using Solar Design to Heat and Cool your Home
by James KachadorianThe Passive Solar House will provide you with pragmatic, immediately applicable solar design advice that is usable in any region or climate. This book is brimful of worthwhile, constructive how-to advice, and gives readers the basis for understanding the hows and whys of solar design, including proper siting, energy and money saving construction tips, ideal air exchange rates, and ways to avoid overheating and much more.
220 pages, 8 x 10 in.
|Passive Solar House
by Peter van DresserAnyone who has been in a solar house, on a cold winter day has felt the warmth and comfort of its natural radiant heat. In 1958, solar pioneer Peter van Dresser built his first solar-heated house, on of the two oldest in the United States. In Passive Solar House Basics, van Dresser lays out in text and illustrations the principles an owner builder will need to know in siting, designing, building, and living in their solar house. Several sample house plans, ideas for solar hot water heaters, and plans for solar crop dryers give the solar enthusiast the basic information they will need to begin plans on their energy efficient home.
1995, 136 pages, 5½ x 8½ in.
How to design and build a house you heat with the sun
by Mark FreemanWhere's the furnace? Solar heating is based on the simple principle that energy from the sun enters your home in the form of light, strikes a dark object, and is transformed into heat that stays inside. The best part? It's free! Mark Freeman gives a thorough instructions and clear illustration on each phase of solar home construction, from selecting the right site and designing rooms to framing, wiring, plumbing, and maintenance. Freeman steers you clear of costly pitfalls and helps you decide which jobs you should tackle yourself and which to contract out. Freemand makes it all seem possible, because it is possible. You can build your own solar home.
1994, 226 pages, 6 x 9 in.
Passive Heating and Cooling
by David ChirasWhile heat from sunlight and ventilation from breezes is free for the taking, few modern architects or builders really understand the principles involved. Yet "natural conditioning" - heating and cooling with passive solar techniques - is a viable alternative to fossil fuels. Dan Chiras, author of the popular book The Natural House, brings these principles to a new generation of solar enthusiasts.
Chiras sets the record straight on the vast potential for passive heating and cooling. Acknowledging the good intentions of misguided solar designers in the past, he highlights certain egregious errors and shows how to avoid them. In methodological detail he provides contemporary home builders with all the necessary tools for successful solar design.
The Solar House also explains the new diagnostic aids available in printed worksheet or software formats that allow readers to generate their own design schemes.
2002, 265 pages, 8 x 10 in.
People Creating Renewable Energy Solutions
by Nancy Cole and P.J. SkerrettRenewables are Ready is the first book to document the wide range of local renewable-energy efforts already under way, right now. And all of the ideas presented here can be implemented in a city, town, or neighborhood through individual and group initiatives.
256 pages, 8 x 10 in.
|The Renewable Energy
A Guide to Rural Energy Independence, Off-Grid and Sustainable Living
by William H. KempIs your dream cottage or home building lot just a little too far from the utility poles? Maybe you are concernced about acid rain, ozone depletion, airborne smot, nuclear waste, or world oil supply problems?
Whether you are just curious or an industry expert, this handbook will show you how to stretch your energy dollars (doing much more with less) while powering your home with clean, renewable energy. And, unlike fossil fuels or nuclear energy, renewable energy frees you from worry about dumping today's pollution on tomorrow's children.
2005, 566 pages, 6 x 9 in.
|From Space to
The Story of Solar Electricity
by John PerlinFrom Space to Earth tracks the evolution of photovoltaics from its shaky nineteenth-century beginnings mired in scientific co controversy, to its high-visibility success in the space program, to its current position as an indispensable and versatile power source that is improving our daily lives.
But the true and amazing story of photovoltaics is not only the story of a technology. It is the story of determined individuals who innovated, persevered, took chances, bucked authority, and brought us to our current increasing - though largely unrecognized - reliance on this subtle, silent energy source.
221 pages, 8 x 10 in.
|The Solar Electric
Energy for the Environmentally Responsive, Energy-Independent Home
by Steven J. StrongThis in the definitive book on solar electric systems for home use. Strong, who has designed more than one hundred photovoltaic (PV) systems, covers all aspects of PVs, from the history and economics of solar power to the nuts and bolts of systems and equipment.
288 pages, 7 x 9 in.
|The Solar Electric
Independent Home Book
by New England Solar Electric, Inc.The Solar Electric Independent Home Book is a worthwhile investment for a PV home owner or potential PV homeowner. This book discusses how to 'site' and 'size' a PV system for maximum efficiency and to meet a user's needs, weather condition, and geographic location. Current photovoltaic product information is included; comments are offered regarding comparative price warranties, and performance. The authors explain why solar electricity is a logical choice in remote areas and states the ecological benefits of such a choice.
200 pages, 8½ x 12 in.
The Evolution of Sustainable Architecture
by Sophia and Stefan BehlingSolar Power presents a fascinating study on the importance of the sun as the primary source of energy and its dramatic influence on architecture throughout the history of civilization. The authors analyze the importance of solar energy used in the natural world and how buildings through the ages and in different cultures have been designed to make maximum use of the sun. An exciting progression of photographic images documents the multifaceted aspects of housing, architecture and technology from prehistory to the present day. Today, building in an energy-conscious, responsible way has become a necessity. Solar Power confronts the issues of the wastage of the world's resources as the result of uninformed design, and sets out positive and innovative ways in which solar-oriented architecture can lead to energy-conscious buildings.
2000, 240 pages, 9½ x 12 in.
|Who Owns the
People, Politics and the Struggle for a Solar Economy
by Daniel M. Berman & John T. O'ConnorIn Who Owns the Sun? Daniel Berman and John O'Connor argue that democratic control of solar energy is the key to revitalizing America and putting power back into the hands of local people. A decentralized solar economy will bring thousands of new jobs to local communities that would no longer be exporting millions of energy dollars every year to transnational corporations and oil cartels.
356 pages, 6 x 9 in.
A Guide to Small and Micro Wind Systems
by Paul GipeThe wind power industry has been transformed in the 1990s by dramatic breakthroughs in efficiency, and adaptability. Wind Energy Basics is the most up-to-date source available of information about small wind systems. The book includes the unique 'standard small wind turbine rating' developed by the author, which is designed to help readers wade through the conflicting performance claims by manufacturers in the US and overseas. Also included is detailed information on planning, siting, and installing a wind-system, and on integrating wind power with solar for more cost-effective and reliable off-the-grid applications.
170 pages, 8 x 10 in.
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