Book Reviews

Published on December 2nd, 2013 | by Glenn Meyers


New Society Publishers: Two Coming Natural Building Books of Interest

We received word from New Society Publishers about two upcoming books that should interest readers at GBE.

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Natural building expert Chris Magwood’s newest book, Making Better Buildings: A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and Contractors will be published next February.  Making Better Buildings is the first book to systematically describe the real-world implications of the most popular green and natural building materials and techniques objectively presenting the pros, cons and overall viability of each.

Chris Magwood has designed and built some of the most innovative, sustainable buildings in North America, including the first off-grid, straw bale home in Ontario which became a fifteen-year research project into the implementation of sustainable building materials and technologies. He created the Sustainable Building Design and Construction program at Fleming College in 2005, and together with Jen Feigin founded and directs the Endeavour Centre for Innovative Building and Living. Chris is the author of 3 previous books on sustainable building including Straw Bale Details and More Straw Bale Building.

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In April, we will be publishing Sukita Reay Crimmel and James Thomson’s Earthen Floors: A Modern Approach to an Ancient PracticeThis comprehensive, fully illustrated manual covers the history, use and maintenance of earthen floors and features a detailed step-by-step guide to installing this durable, cost-effective alternative from scratch.

Sukita Reay Crimmel has installed over 20,000 sq ft of earthen flooring, and is one of the preeminent experts in the emerging field of earthen floors.  James Thomson is a part of House Alive, one of the leading natural building training organizations in the country.

We have requested review copies of these books and will soon provide more information.

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About the Author

Writer, documentary producer, and director. Meyers is a contributor to CleanTechnica, and founder of Green Streets MediaTrain, a communications connection and eLearning hub. As an independent producer, he's been involved in the development, production and distribution of television and distance learning programs for both the education industry and corporate sector. He also is an avid gardener and loves sustainable innovation.

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