The house of your dreams does not have to be expensive. Living Homes takes you through the planning process to design an energy- and resource-efficient home that won't break the bank. Then, from the footings on up to the roof, author Thomas J. Elpel guides you through the nuts and bolts of slipform stone masonary, tilt-up stone walls, log home construction, building with straw bales, terra tile floors, concrete countertops, windows and doors, solar water systems, masonry heaters, framing, plumbing, greywater, septic systems, swamp filters, painting, and much more.The ground temperature is obviously warmer in the south and cooler in the north, but it is relatively consistent in any given location. ... It doesna#39;t take much insulation to protect a house against a constant 50Ad. Earth homes also take advantage of free solar heat and masonry construction to maintain reasonable day-today house temperatures. ... Lots of insulation is certainly the most important key in building a warm house, but thermal mass and solar input can still make a big difference.
|Author||:||Thomas J. Elpel|
|Publisher||:||Hops Press - 2005-01-01|