The Barefoot Architect
A handbook for Green Building
Johan van Lengen
Shelter Publications, Bolinas, 2008
This book is for people who dream of building a simple home. It is also for those in the building trades: carpenters, masons, plumbers, and artisans, as well as for urban planners, rural technicians, and small community designers.
It covers basic design, use of a great variety of natural materials, construction details, natural heating and cooling, and water and sanitation techniques. Although many of the methods shown are traditional, more modern techniques are shown as well.
-Basic design, climate, and site planning for humid and dry climates
-Adobe, rammed earth, bamboo, plaster, wood, concrete and ferro-cement
-Foundations, roofs, floors, walls, doors, windows, and eco-techniques
-Solar heating, water-powered electricity, natural cooling and ventilation
-Water purification, pumps, cisterns, septic tanks, composting toilets