The Barefoot Architect: A Handbook for Green Building

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Shelter Publications, Inc., 2008 - Architecture - 705 pages
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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This is a handbook for building green in poor countries, so there is a lot about using branches, bamboo or clay that most people in the USA would not find practical or appealing. It is still precious ... Read full review

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Handy-handy book, i love it!

Contents

DESIGN
2
house form
8
dimensions
16
environment
38
lighting
54
siting a house
62
buildings
71
settlements
89
circulation
116
natural environment
123
HUMID TROPICS
141
house shapes
239
windows
251
TEMPERATE ZONE
269
MATERIALS
295
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urban spaces
106

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