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Most of these books are available at either of the following bookshops:

Sydney Home Ideas Centre, Alexandria, Sydney, NSW
Address: 61 O’Riordan Street, (PO Box 6148), Alexandria, NSW 2015
Eastern Suburbs, Sydney Metro
Tel: 1800 226 657 or 02 9304 4904
Fax: (02) 9669 2325
Ph: 02 9304 4904 and 1800226657 Australia wide
info@buildingbookshop.com

goodlifebookclub
www.goodlifebookclub.com
Phone (03) 5424 1814

Latest Publications

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building with cob, a step-by-step guide, by Adam Weismann & Katy Bryce, 2006
Published by Green Books www.greenbooks.co.uk
ISBN: 1 903 998 727

  • step-by-step instructions for creating cob structures
  • information on natural finishes, including lime plasters, renders and washes, home-made clay and casein paints, and earthen plasters
  • advice on how to construct a cob building which complies with modern building standards
  • guidance on restoring and repairing old cob structures
  • a comprehensive list of resources and suppliers

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Building With Straw; Design and Technology of a Sustainable Architecture, 2005, by Gernot Minke & Friedemann Mahlke

Original Title “Der Strohballenbau: Ein Konstruktionshandbuch”.

Publsihed by Birkhaeuser-Publishers for Architecture, Switzerland

ISBN: 3-7643-7171-4

This book is a practical, hands-on guide to building with straw. Fire safety, protection against moisture, damp, pests and parasites are treated in detail. Numerous on-site photos document the process of assembly and construction step by step. Thirty-two exemplary international projects illustrate the wide spectrum of design possibilities with straw.

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Now available at “the building bookshop” in Sydney.
“Houses of Straw” (Original Title Stroh im Kopf) DVD/VHS by Heidi Snel – Oekofilm (43 min.)

An old building material – rediscovered. This fantastic new film presents the current state of strawbale building in Germany. A small project in Lower Saxony is filmed during construction and many other examples of strawbale homes show different technique and design ideas possible with this remarkable building material.

Interviews with strawbale home owners, builders, architects and international experts/pioneers, e.g. David Eisenberg, Prof. Gernot Minke, Dirk Scharmer, address many important issues in regards to strawbale construction.

The DVD is presented in English, German & French.

Please visit www.ecofilm.de for online orders or contact Heidi Snel at info@oekofilm.de to arrange purchases.

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Publisher: Hardie Grant
www.hardiegrant.com.au
ISBN: 1740661478
Now available at “the building bookshop” in Sydney.

Sticks, Stones, Mud Homes (back cover) by Nigel Noyes (2004)
Synopsis (from publisher)

There is a fascinating diversity to how we live, from the tight confines of inner city one-room boxes to expansive accommodation on isolated rural retreats. Whatever the location or scale of our potential sanctuaries, there exists the opportunity to enhance these spaces to something we can genuinely refer to as home. Sticks, Stones, Mud Homes is a book about eco-friendly living, founded on the principles of minimal impact and sustainable practices. The buildings in the book are designed to conserve energy, to create new life from old, and employ good recycling practices that work in with the environment. With ingenuity, determination and a new aesthetic sensibility, seemingly unconventional materials can often be adapted to building in some way. The houses featured are made from rammed earth, baled straw and mudbricks, from salvaged material, recycled timber and stone, and from tin and other inexpensive contemporary materials.

Australian Books

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STRAWBALE HOMEBUILDING – An Earth Garden publication
ISBN 0 9586397-4-4
$19.95 aus inc. GST

available from most news agents or earthgarden.com.au

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WARM HOUSE COOL HOUSE – A CHOICE publication
Nick Hollo
ISBN: 0 947277 22 6
$33.00 aus inc. GST

available from most book shops. or www.choice.com.au

THE COMPLETE BUSHFIRE SAFETY BOOK
Joan Webster (2000)
ISBN 1 74051 034 8

Publisher Random House Australia.
www.randomhouse.com.au

 

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The Healthy House; Creating a safe, healthy and environmentally friendly home.

Sydney and Joan Baggs (1996)

ISBN: 0-7322-5753-0 Harper Collins Publishers

Magazines

Eco Voice, The Environment Newspaper. Australia & New Zealand. www.ecovoice.com.au

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http://www.emagazine.com The Nation’s only non profit, independent consumer publication on the environment, is a clearinghouse of information, news & commentary on today’s environmental issues. It’s our intent to inform and inspire individuals who have concerns about the environment and want to know what they can do to help bring about improvements.

EARTH GARDEN – For bush or city alternatives
ISBN 0310-222X

available from most news agents or www.earthgarden.com.au

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RENEW

available from most news agents or
www.ata.org.au

Overseas Books

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The Natural Plater Book; earth, lime and gypsum plasters for natural homes

Cedar Rose Guelberth & Dan Chiras (2003)

New Society Publishers ISBN: 00 86571 449 5

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Le tadelakt, un decor a la chaux

Solene Delahousse (2003) Photos: Yves Robic

Charles Massin, Paris ISBN: 2 7072 0476 5

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THE NEW STRAWBALE HOME
Catherine Wanek
ISBN: 1-58685-203-5
150 colour photos. 188pp Hard Cover.

Publisher Gibbs Smith, Publisher

www.Gibbs-smith.com

THE STRAW BALE HOUSE
ISBN 0-930031-71-7

Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing www.chelseagreen.com

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THE BEAUTY OF STRAW BALE HOMES
Athena and Bill Steen
ISBN 1-890132-77-2

Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing www.chelseagreen.com

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BUILD IT WITH BALES – A step-by-step guide to straw-bale construction, version 2
Matts Myhrman and S.O. Macdonald
ISBN 0-9642821-1-9

Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing www.chelseagreen.com

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BUILDINGS OF EARTH AND STRAW
Bruce King P.E.
ISBN 0-9644718-1-7

Publisher Ecological Design Press

EARTH CONSTRUCTION HANDBOOK
The Building Material Earth in Modern Architecture
G. MINKE, Director of the Building Research Institute, Kassel University, Germany
ISBN 1-85312-805-8

Publisher WIT Press/Computational Mechanics Publications
www.uni-kassel.de/fb12/fachgebiete/feb/welcome_e.htm

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SERIOUS STRAW BALE – A home construction guide for all climates
Paul Lacinski and Michel Bergeron
ISBN 1-890132-64-0

Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing www.chelseagreen.com

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SHELTER – Editted by Lloyd Kahn
First published in 1973
ISBN 0-936070-11-0

Publisher Shelter Publications
www.shelterpub.com

STRAW BALE BUILDING – How to plan, design & build with straw
Chris Magwood & Peter Mack
ISBN 0-86571-403-7

Publisher New Society Publishers http://www.newsociety.com

STRAW BALE DETAILS – A manual for designers and builders.
Chris Magwood and Chris Walker
ISBN 0-86571-476-2

Publisher New Society Publishers http://www.newsociety.com

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A House of Straw – A Natural Building Odyssey

Carolyn Roberts (2002)

ISBN: 1-890132-30-6 Chelsea Green Publishing Company

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Straw Bale Home Plans; A Descriptive Brochure of Ten Different Straw-Bale home Design Plans

Stephen A. Kemble, Jr., P.E. (1997)

Available at: Sustainable Systems Support, P.O. Box 318, Bisbee, AZ 85603, USA

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Earthen Floors by Bill & Athena Steen

Available from the: Canelo Project, HC1 Box: 324, Elgin, AZ 85611, USA or e-mail: absteen@dakotacom.net

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Building with Lime; A practical introduction.

Stafford Homes and Michael Wingate (1997)

ISBN: 1-85339-384-3 Intermediate Technology Publications

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Living Spaces; Ecological Building and Design

Editor: Thomas Schmitz-Guenther (1998)

ISBN: 3-89508-925-7 Koenemann Cologne, Germany

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Built by Hand Vernacular Buildings Around the World

Bill Steen, Athena Steen and Eiko Komatsu (2003)

Photographs by Yashio Komatsu

ISBN: 1-58685-237-X Gibbs Smith Publisher

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HUNDERTWASSER

Works by Hundertwasser Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt – Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Ecologist – “one who awakens identities”.

By Harry Rand (1991). Publisher: Benedikt Taschen Verlag, Cologne, Germany. ISBN: 3 8228 05556

“When one dreams alone, it is only a dream. When many dream together, it is the beginning of a new reality.” (Friedensreich Hundertwasser)

More on the amazing man and artist via http://www.kunsthauswien.com/english/hundertwasser.htm

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An Architecture For People

The Complete Works Of Hassan Fathy

By James Steele (1997) Published by Thames and Hudson Ltd, London. ISBN: 0 500 279918

From the introduction by J. Steele: Fathy felt that human beings, nature and architecture should coexist in harmonious balance. For him, architecture was a communal art, that should reflect the personal habits and traditions of a community rather than reforming or eradicating them. While he was certainly not opposed to innovation, he felt that technology should be subservient to social values, and appropriate to popular needs.

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