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Air-To-Air Heat Exchangers for Houses by William A. Shurcliff

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Alternative Energy Projects for the 1990's by John Kuecken

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From Eco-Cities to Living Machines by Nancy Jack Todd and John Todd

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The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation by Steven W. Semes

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Green From the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction by David Johnston & Scott Gibson

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The Green Studio Handbook by Alison G. Kwok & Walter T. Grondzik

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The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design by Sandra Mendler, William Odell, Mary Ann Lazarus

  • How Buildings Learn by Stewart Brand. From Wikipedia: An illustrated book on the evolution of buildings and how buildings adapt to changing requirements over long periods.

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New Inventions in Low-Cost Solar Heating: 100 Daring Schemes Tried and Untried by William A. Shurcliff

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  • A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander. From Amazon: The second of three books published by the Center for Environmental Structure to provide a "working alternative to our present ideas about architecture, building, and planning," A Pattern Language offers a practical language for building and planning based on natural considerations. The reader is given an overview of some 250 patterns that are the units of this language, each consisting of a design problem, discussion, illustration, and solution. By understanding recurrent design problems in our environment, readers can identify extant patterns in their own design projects and use these patterns to create a language of their own. Extraordinarily thorough, coherent, and accessible, this book has become a bible for homebuilders, contractors, and developers who care about creating healthy, high-level design. (4 lending copies; 1 Reference copy)

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A Place in the Sun: The Evolution of the Real Goods Solar Living Center by John Schaeffer

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Recovering America : A More Gentle Way to Build by Malcolm Wells

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Solar Heated Buildings of North America: 120 Outstanding Examples by William A. Shurcliff

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Straw Bale Building: How to plan, design and build with straw by Chris Magwood and Peter Mack

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Sun, Wind and Light: Architectural Design Strategies by Mark DeKay. From Amazon: How to design buildings that heat with the sun, cool with the wind, light with the sky, and move into the future using on-site renewable resources.

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Super Insulated Houses and Air-to-Air Heat Exchangers by William Shurcliff.

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Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery by Charles J. Kibert

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Thermal Shutters and Shades by William Shurcliff. (2 copies)

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The Timeless Way of Building by Christopher Alexander. The first volume of Alexander's seminal trilogy on architecture. The philosophical underpinnings of 'A Pattern Language.'