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- DescriptionNatural building involves construction with materials that have undergone less processing and manufacturing than conventional synthetic products. Wherever possible, the natural materials that are used are renewable, originating from crops, and are obtained locally. Transport, pollution, carbon emissions and fossil fuel use are therefore minimized and the end-product is harmonious, healthy and environmentally beneficial. This book: describes the many materials and methods that have been used by the pioneers of natural building; discusses the reasons why various materials have been chosen and frankly explains their advantages and disadvantages; provides a detailed consideration of all the main forms of natural construction, including building with earth, timber and straw bales; and covers green and natural roofs, lime and masonry, and the use of hemp, as well as natural insulation materials, paints and finishes. It thoroughly examines all the techniques involved, and analyses the principles of green building and the issues involved in planning and regulatory approvals. It is lavishly illustrated with over 220 colour photographs and diagrams.
- Author BiographyTom Woolley is Professor of Architecture at Queen's University Belfast. A member of the Association of Environment-Conscious Builders, he is a frequent speaker at major conferences concerned with natural building and related issues. He edited the Green Building Handbook [Spon Press 1997 & 2000], contributes to the work of Rachel Bevan Architects and is involved in building a house using hemp-lime construction.
- Author(s)Tom Woolley
- PublisherThe Crowood Press Ltd
- Date of Publication25/08/2006
- SubjectCivil Engineering & Environmental Engineering
- Place of PublicationRamsbury
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintThe Crowood Press Ltd
- Content Note220 colour photographs and diagrams
- Weight725 g
- Width189 mm
- Height246 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Format DetailsPaper over boards
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