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The Canadian Home Builders' Association Builders' Manual 

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You HAVE to know the things in this book to get the best value for your building dollar in cold climate construction. The Canadian Home Builders' Association has separated the wheat from the chaff and put together a benchmark reference and how-to book for builders.

Oil quadrupled in price in 1973. People in -40F prairie Saskatchewan were in danger of either freezing in their houses or going broke.  This led to the development of "The Saskatchewan Conserver House" by the Saskatchewan Research Council in 1977. In a 12,000 degree-day climate, this house heats with electricity for $35 per year. This building demonstrated that air tight construction is practical and can drastically reduce energy consumption. It turned into the successful Canadian R-2000 program - many of its provisions have found their way into the National Building Code of Canada. 

Don't let the word "airtight" throw you. With a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) these houses have WAY better ventilation than conventional construction. 

Sustainable Building Sourcebook Based on the City of Austin's Greenbuilder Program, this is the best comprehensive online resource available today. An essential resource, also available in hardcopy form.
Environmental Building News  The leading periodical in the field. Their archive of feature articles is one of the highest quality collections of sustainable design and construction information on the Net. 
The Sustainable HomeWorth a visit. Good Resource on natural building techniques
The Real Eco-Cottage This large off-grid cottage north of Ottawa, ON, is available for rent, if you want to try out living in a strawbale house with a masonry heater

Indoor Air Quality and Hygroscopically Active Materials

Interesting research paper by Dr. John Straube, building research professor at the University of Waterloo, Ontario.
An Alternative Future for Building Regulation

Jan/Feb 2000 issue of ICBO magazine is dedicated to alternative construction. Links to articles on cob, bamboo, cast earth, etc.

Sept/Oct 98 issue of ICBO magazine is dedicated to alternative construction. Links to articles on strawbale, adobe, rammed earth, etc

Vital Signs Resource Packages A uniquely high quality collection of resources for learning about many fundamental aspects of building performance: thermal mass, air flows, windows and shading, daylighting, etc. Located at UCal. at Berkeley Center for Environmental Design Research.
Life Cycle Analysis of a Residential Home in Michigan Master's thesis by Steve Blanchard and Peter Reppe
  • Possibly the most detailed life cycle analysis done so far of a residential home in North America.
  • Although technical, this paper gives you a very understandable basic education in energy efficient housing principles.
Ten Basic Concepts for Architects and Other Building Designers 
by Hal Levin 

located at Environmental Building News 

 
Surfin' Strawbale Links
Strawbale construction is one of the hotbeds of the sustainable construction movement today. Extensive annotated list of links that plugs you directly into the scene. Want to help some monks in the New Mexico desert build their new monastery? Check here! 
Indoor Air Quality, Healthy Buildings, and Breathing Walls by John Straube and V. Acahrya.
Excellent technical discussion of how different types of walls affect indoor air quality and occupant health. Interesting test results and computer modelling results. Recommended reading if you are evaluating different house construction systems.
Home Power Magazine  Extensive on line library of back issues. The Feb/March '96 issue has a good article on masonry heating systems. 
Architecture Week Great linked list of environmental architecture articles
Reusing Treated Wastewater in Domestic Housing: 
The Toronto Healthy House
by Rolf Paloheimo, Creative Communities.

The current state of the art, on a small urban infill lot.
Located on this server. 

The Toilet Papers: Recycling Waste and Conserving Water by Sim Van der Ryn
1995 edition, Ecological Design Press, $10.95 
Reprint of the classic 1978 book on building composting toilets. We built a Clivus Minimus 15 years ago and love it. 

Ten Fundamental Principles of New Energy


The Encyclopedia of Earth, where Prof. Cleveland is an editor/director, has made amazing progress in its short history attempting to become an academic/content based web clearinghouse for information on earth and our environment.
The Humanure Handbook by Joseph Jenkins
All time classic. Buy the book, or download for free.
Sweet's Building products and materials by Sweets Network
Energy Design Tools Free software allows you to predict the performance of your passive solar design.
RETscreen Renewable Energy Project Analysis Software Prepared by Natural Resources Canada. Free download.
"The preliminary feasibility analysis software, which runs on Microsoft© Excel (Version 5.0 or higher), makes it possible to evaluate Renewable Energy Technology (RET) projects quickly and effectively. With RETScreen, users are able to prepare a preliminary evaluation of the annual energy production, costs and financial viability of RET projects anywhere in the world. "
Radiant Flooring Primer located at Energy Source Builder, a quality resource.
CMHC Housing Information Centre Canadian government source of housing research information. World leaders in indoor air quality, airtightness, house-as-a-system issues
Fine Homebuilding links list Comprehensive set of links to building industry products and sites

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Architects and Designers Specializing in Sustainability

Dominique Tonetti
Specializing in sustainable development and environmental architecture.
Check out this off grid strawbale cottage (available to rent) with a masonry heater
RiverSong Design
Michael Neelin is a talented designer near Shawville, Quebec. He specializes in sustainable design and has
experience with strawbale, timberframe, and log construction.
Laura Lee Intscher
Located near Binghampton, NY. Specializes in strawbale designs
Energysmiths
"Marc Rosenbaum, P.E. is a designer, engineer, and builder of environmentally sound buildings.
The goal of Marc's work is helping people create buildings which support personal and planetary healing. "
Gimme Shelter Construction
(Wisconsin)
Check out the Davenport home
Phillip Van Horn(email link)
Architectural designer on Saltspring Island, British Columbia. Former neighbour, early heater client (1980), very talented.
Tim McCarthy, Architect (Adirondacks)
Developer of an innovative slipform construction system for stone.
Richard Kadulski Architect (email link)
204 - 1037 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 1E3, Tel/fax 604-689-1841
Climate adapted, energy sensitive, sustainable and healthy design
Editor Solplan Review: the independent journal of energy conservation, building science & construction practice
Solstar Residential Design/Build
Located near Ottawa, ON. Excellent quality. Extensive website. Check out their plans page at:
Home Concepts - Plans for energy efficient country homes, cottages & carriage houses
Richard White
(website)
Richard White designed our house - his new website is worth checking out.
Allen-Kani Associates(email link)
State of the art low energy designs - see our Current Projects Page for some examples
Henry Yorke Mann
Check out his website.
Elizabeth White(email link)
Well known pioneer in the energy efficient and sustainable housing field. An architect who is still known to swing a hammer now and then. Located on Saltspring Island, British Columbia.
Chuck Mills(website)
Residential Design and Development. Professional CAD services - we recently worked electronically with Chuck to take a custom masonry heater through the design and building permit approval process for a downtown Ottawa infill project. 
Tom Ponessa(email link)
M.Arch., Sustainable Design
Editor, The Straw Builder: A Canadian Quarterly of Straw Bale Construction

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Wood Heating

An Environmentalist's Guide to Responsible Wood Heating
by John Gulland
A Guide To Residential Wood Heating
Excellent overview from the Canadian government
This is Wood Heat
The straight goods on burning wood for heat and enjoyment in your home. Recommended.
Wood Heat
Good summary explanation and list of links on wood heating and masonry heating
HearthNet 
Hearth appliances other than masonry heaters.
Whole Earth "Fire" Issue (Winter 99)
complete text of the articles
.
The New Turbo Wood Gas Stove
A wood-gas, adjustable heat, cooking stove that burns small pieces of wood or other biomass fuels such as nut shells, corn cobs, etc.
Pyromasse
Excellent online heater portfolio, articles. Marcus Flynn builds heaters in the Montreal area.

 Woodburning Emissions

View the Latest Images
from masonry heater combustion testing at Lopez Labs
All About Woodsmoke
Excellent article by John Gulland. Recommended.
A Simple Test Can Spot Carbon Monoxide Danger
located at Energy Source Builder 
OMNI Environmental Services, Inc. 
Premier private industry test lab, Portland Oregon 
Lopez Labs Archives
Technical papers on masonry heater emissions R&D
 

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Sustainability and Bioregionalism Links

Green Sense - Examples of how people are making their visions of sustainability real
Thumbs up!
Woodburning, forestry and global warming
A scholarly paper on woodburning and the forest. Recommended reading.
The Carbohydrate Economy Clearinghouse
Wood Products Certification & Sustainability WWW Sites
Excellent.
Sustainable Minnesota
Leading edge real world projects such as ecological tax reform
Virtual Library: Forestry 
From Finland, the spiritual home of masonry heating. 
Virtual Library: Biodiversity, Ecology and the Environment 
From Rice Universtity. Great resource.  .
Resource Development and Wildlife 


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Masonry Links

Setting Tile
by Michael Byrne
Michael Byrne knows more about the hands-on and theory of tile than just about anybody. Better yet, he knows how to communicate. One of the best masonry books I've ever read - I learned a lot from it, and I've been a mason for 30 years.
The Roman Pantheon: The Triumph of Concrete
Articles and Research by David Moore, P.E.
Great information site by the strawbale listserver's resident lime afficionado
Earth Materials
A very extensive, first rate resource brought to you by The Sustainable Building Sourcebook
Concrete Countertops
Detailed step-by-step instructions. The rest of the site is worth a look as well.
Construction with Surface Bonding
U.S. Department of Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 374 (1974). Located on our server.
FerroCement News Group
Learn more about this synergistic material.
Cast Earth
Interesting new technology. If it works as advertised, it will revolutionize adobe and rammed earth construction. See story in March 1997 issue of Fine Homebuilding.
The Cob Cottage Company 
Earth is probably still the world's commonest building material. Cob building uses hands and feet to form lumps of earth mixed with sand and straw, a sensory and aesthetic experience similar to sculpting with clay.
Buckley Rumford Co
Very extensive information on Rumford fireplaces. Useful masonry industry links. 
Pumice-crete Building Systems of New Mexico
Alternative Building Methods working toward a sustainable, energy-independent, and resource efficient society. These guys are the experts in pumice-crete.
E. W. Evans, Brick Layer & Plasterer
"My parents were slaves on the plantation of John H. Hill, a slave owner in Madison, Georgia". Fascinating interview done as part of the WPA project during the Great Depression. 

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A Random List of Interesting Links

Boulangerie Anna
Anna is my sister-in-law and has a bakery on the French Riviera
Virtual Reality Tenement
Cool!
There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom
Richard P. Feynman 
Wasted Time, Wasted Wealth
We spend so much of our lives working, getting to work and back, looking for work, and preparing for work that we may feel too pressed to get to the other things that give life meaning. 
What if it turned out that much of what we are spending our lives doing simply doesn't need to be done? What would you do with an extra 20 hours each week?
Pennsylvania Environmental Network
Great jumping off point for grassroots issues. Good links to specific toxics issues.
Aware Electronics
If you are interested in measuring radiation, check out this site

  Pontiac County, West Québec - -Our (non-virtual) home

Map of the Pontiac
God's country 
Map of our Location
X marks the spot.
Stereo aerial image of our neighbourhood 
86 Kb jpg. Greermount Quebec, nestled into Gatineau Hill country. Population density: 2 per square mile.
Jan's Garden
Our neighbour is a professional gardener. This is her garden in Ottawa

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This page was created in June, 1996

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