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THE WHOLE HOUSE BOOK

The whole house book

Author - P. Borer & C. Harris

Full of building techniques to make your home attractive, healthy, and energy efficient - without harming the environment. As far as I can see, all relevant areas are covered from paint finishes to solar water heating, from collecting rainwater to the use of daylight. A vast amount of easily accessible information - well worth the money.
Buy for £ 35.00

YOU CAN MAKE THE BEST HOT TUB EVER

You can make the best hot tub ever

Author - B. Bee

And indeed you can - all you need is an old metal bath, some mud, a few other bits
and bobs that you should have in your shed and, of course, this book. Easy to
follow instructions - wonderful.
Buy for £ 10.95

LOW COST BUILDING BLOCKS

Low cost building blocks

Author - M Davis

With the right soil correctly prepared and compressed, it is possible to halve the amount of cement used for block making. Simple language, good illustrations, excellent intro to stablised block technology - useful building technique.
Buy for £ 9.95

BOOK OF MASONRY STOVES

Book of masonry stoves

Author - D. Lyle

Subtitled - Rediscovering an Old Way of Warming - masonry stoves offer excellent solutions to the problems of wood burning - chimney fires, poor combustion and so on. They have been keeping the inhabitants of central Europe and Asia warm for centuries. Very economical on fuel they have to be fed only twice a day, have good fuel efficiency and are very safe to operate. Once built make a unique and very pleasant source of heat. There is a very good specimen at Ragmans Lane Farm - check out their website at www.ragmans.co.uk
Buy for £ 22.00

THE HOUSEBUILDER'S BIBLE

The housebuilder's bible

Author - M. Brinkley

To build your own house or carry out substantial renovations you will need this 'bible'. Mixes information and advice with costings. Easy style, masses of usable information, a must.
Buy for £ 18.00

THE TYRE HOUSE BOOK

The tyre house book

Author - P. Hendricks

Interesting information (and some good technical stuff) which could be used as a basis to plan a UK variant of the tyre house - after all it's not as if we are short of used tyres.
Buy for £ 13.95

THE GREEN BUILDING BIBLE

Green Building Bible

Author - Ed. Keith Hall
Needs little introduction - probably the best (certainly the most up to date) source book for accessible articles and technical stuff on building a 'green' home. Excellent value.
Buy for £ 9.95

THE ART OF NATURAL BUILDING

The art of natural building

Author - Ed. M G Smith

A sort of ecological building encyclopedia with each section written by an expert in the particular field. Excellent starting point in choosing and understanding alternative construction techniques.
Buy for £ 21.00

BUILDING GREEN

Building green

Author - J. Johnston & J. Newton

Important guide to using plants on roofs, walls and pavements. Chapters on trees and buildings, courtyards, balcony gardens, green walls and other aspects of sustainable building in cities. The strength of this book lies in its comprehensive look at construction and maintenance of green roofs. Beautifully laid out and illustrated with colour photos and line drawings, a comprehensive section with technical information and resource list. Highly recommended.
Buy for £ 6.00

THE BASICS OF BIOMASS ROOFING

The basics of biomass roofing

Author - NA

Cool title for what is essentially info on thatch and wood tiles.
Buy for £ 12.95

COMPLETE GUIDE TO LIVING WITH THATCH

Complete guide to living with thatch

Author - M Billet

Guides the reader through the development of thatching, the materials used and the artistic work that goes to create a thatched roof. Contains a wealth of information and advice for those who live in or are thinking of buying a thatched house.
Buy for £ 25.00

BUILDING A WOOD FIRED OVEN FOR BREAD AND PIZZA

Building a wood fired oven for bread and pizza

Author - T. Jaine

Based on the author's own oven and with the novice builder in mind. Use this ancient but relevant technology to bake your own bread and pizzas. Mmm!! - just taste the difference.
Buy for £ 9.99

GREEN BUILDING HANDBOOK Volume 2

Green building handbook Vol 2


Author - Wooley et al
Essential for any serious green builders both volumes contain excellent resource lists. Volume 2: Trends, rationale and methodology, fencing, flat roof membranes, glazing, wiring, adhesives, straw bale building, interior decoration etc. Save 10 buy Green Building Handbooks 1 & 2 for 69.99 post free. Call/email Eco-Logic for further details.
Buy for £ 39.99

GREEN BUILDING HANDBOOK Volume 1

Green building handbook Vol1

Author - Wooley et al

Essential for any serious green builders both volumes contain excellent resource lists. Volume 1: Philosophy and examples, energy, insulation materials, masonry, timber, composite boards, timber preservatives, window frames, paints and stains etc. Save 10 buy Green Building Handbooks 1 & 2 for 69.99 post free. Call/email Eco-Logic for further details. NOT AVAILABLE AT THE MOMENT, REPRINTING. WE CAN BACKORDER.
Buy for £ 39.99

BUILDING WITH STONE

Building with stone

Author - C. McRaven

Intro to the craft of creating stone structures - clear simple directions for making walls, arches, fireplaces, buildings and other stony stuff.
Buy for £ 14.95

BUILDING STONE WALLS

Building stone walls

Author - J. Vivian

About building stone walls (surprise, surprise).
Buy for £ 8.99

THE NARROWBOAT BUILDER'S BOOK

The narrowboat builder's book

Author - G. Booth

By popular request a book about fitting out a narrow boat. Building a shell, installing an engine, ballasting, fitting out and painting those lovely designs.
Buy for £ 14.99

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