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Solar power - questions answered
SKU: spqa/ebook/000

This ebook tackles some of the basic questions about solar power. 

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World Atlas of Sustainable Development: Reconciling Economy, Social Welfare and the Environment (Paperback)
SKU: wasd/270/000
Sustainable development - its been talked about for some ten years, since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Yes the planet was being damaged and exhausted, yes the vast majority lived in poverty. And what has changed in ten years? What's been done by countries, companies and communities? What is the state of the planet today, and what conditions do its inhabitants live in? This Atlas presents an original vision of the world, combining socio-economic, geopolitical and environmental data. More that 110 original illustrations (40 maps and 70 information graphics) link access to education, the differences in the standard of living between North and South, women's civic rights, changes of climate and international solidarity. This atlas consists of three major parts, which are easily distinguished by a clear colour code. The first part, "Human Development, Well-being and Dignity" shows the extent to which basic human needs are satisfied, from access to clean water to freedom of speech, via the status of women. The second part of the atlas, "Environment and Risks", records the state of health of the planet, assessing the impact of human activity on its ecological equilibrium. Finally the third part, "Economics, Dependency and Solidarity", reviews the basic inequality between rich and poor countries, and examines the different means of action and of redistribution of wealth on an international scale.
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Heat Your Home for Free! - ebook
SKU: men/hyhff/6040

Heat Your Home for Free is a collection of classic articles from MOTHER EARTH NEWS that shows how simple solar systems can heat your home, garage, shop, barn, commercial building — just about any structure with a south-facing wall. The heat comes from solar energy, and it’s free. Best of all, this book shows how you can design, build and install solar heating systems yourself! We’ve compiled our best articles on do-it-yourself solar heating, from the early days of the magazine right up to the present.

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Cutting Your Car Use Anna Semlyen
SKU: SKU16183
Do you wish for less traffic? Lead the way by reading this book. Britain's only traffic reduction guide gives easy to follow ideas, contacts and encouragement. It is pocket sized and readable. You too could save money, be healthy and green. "An extremely user-friendly book. A bargain you should not miss." Environmental Transport Association 58,000+ copies sold. Illustrations by Axel Scheffler.
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The country living guide - ebook
SKU: tclg/ebook/000/000

Very large - 770 - page ebook about country living and self sufficiency. Please note that this download is over 30mb.

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Solar Energy and Building - S V Szokoley
SKU: 081210/950/675

This is a very nice large, hardcover book, in slightly used condition. Book is called Solar Energy and Building. Contains chapters on; Context and principles. It is an ex library book with the usual stickers.

This is a 'second edition' which is marked as Reprinted 1978. The book is packed with diagrams and calculations.

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There's a Hair in My Dirt: A Worm's Story
SKU: amz/115/299

The first non-Farside book by Gary Larsen. Famed for his off-kilter humour and strange versions of animal antics, Larsen has produced a masterwork - the story of a worm family, of adventures in the great outdoors, and a very different view of nature! Gives a real insight into the life and functions of worms in a very entertaining way, which will greatly appeal to the children of sustainable households.

A book that will delight any Larsen fan, or which will quickly capture anyone unfamiliar with his work.

Published by Farworks. Large format paperback, beautifully illustrated with his trademark caricatures. In very good clean condition throughout, and quite hard to find.

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Plans Build Blacksmith's Shop Forge With Electric Blower - ebook
SKU: pbbsf/ebook/000/000

Here is a great plan for an easily built shop forge which will enable you to heat metals and do blacksmiths work,tempering etc.

Built from scrap items such as on old sink and a vacuum cleaner motor you can build this great working forge for very little expenditure.It works as well as any expensive commercial model to.

A great item which will enable you to do all kinds of metal work which you could not do without a forge.

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The Countryside Explained - Hardback
SKU: 150108/436/349
John seymour's book dealing with every aspect of rural England - crops, animals, plants, trees, transport, etc. Penguin 1979.
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Instructions in handicrafts (Brompton library)
SKU: IIH/260/000
From the cover: An introduction to a wide range of popular handicrafts including paper craft, lino printing, picture framing, woodworking, carving, modelling, leatherwork, etc.
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lime factsheet - ebook
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Lime is a traditional and environmentally-friendly building material that was largely replaced by cement during the 20th Century, but is now coming back into fashion. Various types of lime are used in building as mortars, renders, plasters, slurries and washes. All are made from limestone, which is a sedimentary rock made from the dead bodies of sea creatures that produce calcium carbonate (coral, shellfish, some planktons). Most limestone was laid down in the Cretaceous period (60-150 million years ago).

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natural paints factsheet - ebook
SKU: lili/paint/0
Natural, or 'eco-' paints are household paints, manufactured for interior and exterior uses, and also for floors and furniture.
All paints contain pigment (colour), binder (carrier and a ‘glue’ for the colour), and solvent and / or additives (aids application, after which solvent evaporates); in eco-paints these tend to be natural rather than synthetic. Synthetic ingredients tend to be by-products of the petrochemical industry.
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rammed earth building factsheet - ebook
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It is building with earth (subsoil rather than topsoil). Two billion people worldwide live in earth constructions and rammed earth building is on the increase in Europe as well as in other areas.
The oldest surviving rammed earth buildings are around 8000 years old, and were built in areas with few trees, like the ancient city-states of Mesopotamia; the Romans introduced it into Europe. The technique was also used on the Great Wall of China. Cob and adobe buildings are not rammed – a mixture of earth and water is built up slowly to form walls, or made into blocks.
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round wood timber framing factsheet - ebook
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First the round wood part – round wood is straight from the tree (with or without bark), without any processing, squaring or planking.
Timber framing is creating the structural framework for a building from wood. The frame bears the load, then the walls are filled in with something else, which could be timber cladding, straw bales, wattle & daub, or bricks and mortar.
Traditional timber framing uses mortice and tenon joints secured with wooden pegs and wedges, all of which is traditionally done with hand tools (although commercial timber framers now use power tools). Mortice and tenon joints are female / male. The mortice is a slot, and the tenon fits into the slot. Then a hole is drilled straight through the joint, into which fits a peg. There are different types of pegs: a tapered peg wedges itself into the hole; the peg could be untapered and octagonal, so that the corners make the diameter of the peg slightly larger than the hole, and it locks itself into the wood when it is hammered in; the peg could just be round; it could be wedged in; or there could be wedges in the end of the joint.
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straw-bale building
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It is a building technique that uses straw bales (or even hay bales) for walls – which can be load-bearing, or used to infill a timber frame. It was pioneered in the US mid-west in the 19th century by farmers whose only building material was the waste from their wheat crop. The buildings were intended to be temporary until conventional building materials were delivered. However, they found them to be solid, warm and comfortable, and many continued to live in them in preference to traditional houses.
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Timber building factsheet - ebook
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what is it?

Way before stone-age people lived in caves, trees would have provided a haven for our ancestors. And after caves, timber would probably have been one of the first human building materials.

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Green home and building ebook
SKU: ecotist/ghb/6040

Simple changes to your home can save you energy and money. Thinking of a major extension to your home, or a new build? You need this ebook! Save money - save energy - improve the quality of your house, your garden and your life! It's simple if you know how. Get the latest advice, facts and great photos from this new 400 page Green Home & Building Ebook. Many wide-ranging sections and 105 chapters! This ebook is guaranteed to reduce your carbon footprint. Do you want to know more about green homes, gardens, building techniques, solar and wind energy, water saving, recycling, and read discussion articles on all the big topics?

 

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Natural Building Methods - ebook by Mother Earth News
SKU: men/nbm/6040
This ebook is just what you are looking for if you want to build an environmentally friendly house, garage or barn from natural materials, this is the e-book for you. Explore the pros and cons of building with straw, logs, cordwood, earth and local lumber. Learn how to manage local building codes and inspections. And find out how you can design any home to take advantage solar heat and natural cooling.

Plus, extra articles on green roofing options, used building materials and choosing the perfect plaster.

67 pages with detailed advice and great pictures.

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Solarize Your Home - ebook, Mother Earth News
SKU: men/syh/6040
This book presents all sorts of options to utilize solar energy in your home. Learn the basic principles of solar heating, solar hot water and solar electricity. From do-it-yourself to more complex projects, this e-book covers the spectrum of solar energy. Plus a bonus article on solar water distillers!

How does free hot water sound? How about a lower heating bill? Solarize Your Home will help you create a home that is healthier to live in, easier on the environment, more valuable and a delight to come home to.

All types of solar is included including passive, thermal and PV.

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The Blacksmith's Craft - 1952, ebook
SKU: tbc/ebook/000/000

This book, first published in 1952, aimed to meet the needs of craftsmen, technical schools and apprentices training at the time. Today this book continues to be a valuable resource for those studying and working in the blacksmiths craft. The skill of the smith has been faithfully recorded in sequences of still photographs married to brief descriptive captions. The sequences are arranged in lessons which should not be difficult to follow if text, drawings and photographs are carefully studied.

Published by the Rural Development Commission. 116 pages detailing tools, equipment, fire, work and materials, techniques, etc. Hundreds of b&W ilustrations and photographs.

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Living Off the Grid Guide - ebook
SKU: agua/lotg/7030

Live self-sufficient & lower monthly utility bills from an average $500 to $0.00 per month, even sell energy back to the power companies earning an additional $500+ per month... As much electricity you can create they will buy.

The methods are extremely simple, making the process possible for anyone, everyone, ANYWHERE.

- The guide facilitates different methods in constructing:


Solar Systems
Wind Generator Systems
Solar cooking
Solar Water Heating
Personal Water supplies
Free Personal Trash disposal
Free Utilities
Free entertainment
Free Phone service
Selling Extra Energy back
Free Energy

- Typical tools, hardware & supplies are used, making access to parts available.

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How to Build a Free Green Home - ebook
SKU: agua/htbafgh/7030

Live self-sufficient & BUILD YOUR OWN 5,000 sq. ft. HOUSE for less then $10k total in as little as 3 months + FREE SOLAR PANELS.

  You are buying a guide to help you Build your own 5,000 sq. ft. house for less then $10k total, set in a Easy to Read Beginners level format (process made simple). (The resources, tips & tricks I provide were tested on the authors Ranch.)

SIMPLE, EASY, BASIC. NO MECHANICAL KNOWLEDGE NEEDED.

HOW IT WORKS  

- The methods are extremely simple, making the process possible for anyone, everyone, ANYWHERE.- The Homes are “GREEN” homes, & meet every city/state ordinance/building code
- Typical tools, hardware & supplies are used, making access to parts available.
- Move into you DREAM HOUSE in as little as 3 months.

NOTE: Costs per House is an approximate $10,000 in Supplies, plans can be adapted to bigger homes, receiving the same extreme savings. Compare that to purchase price of existing homes at a ridiculous $500,000+ range, not to mention closing costs, loan fees & monthly payments.

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Solar Energy and Building - S V Szokoley 2nd edition
SKU: 081206/934/450

This is a very nice large, hardcover book, in excellent condition. Book is called Solar Energy and Building. Contains chapters on; Context and principles.

This is a 'second edition' which is marked as Reprinted 1978. The book is packed with diagrams and calculations.

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Vegetable Gardening Encyclopedia - ebook
SKU: vge/ebook/000

Any gardener will tell you that gardening is one of the most absorbing and rewarding occupations you can undertake. Any gardener will also tell you — probably loudly and at length — that gardening requires patience, resilience, hard w o r k , and a lot of planning. Paperwork is probably the last thing you have in mind when you think about growing your o w n vegetables. More likely you see yourself leaning contently on your spade as all sorts of lush, healthy plants shoot up in front of your eyes.

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Getting it Togther
SKU: az/git/318/374
Self- sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptanmce of a lower standard of living. This books sets out to advise the person living in town or city just how to set about looking for a holding in the country and perhaps more importantly whether to look at all.
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The Complete Guide To Wood Finishing
SKU: cgtwf/ebook/000/000

Wood finishing can be tricky and after spending hours on building your project you want to be sure that you get the best outcome possible.

In The Complete Guide To Wood Finishing you will learn how to get beautiful, professional results no matter what your project is, even if you have never tried your hand at wood finishing before.

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How to Build a Better Home
SKU: htbabh/ebook/000
Did you know the building decisions you make today will affect the environment and your wallet for years to come? That's why you should consider your home's total environmental and energy-saving potential before you build or buy.

If you’re considering building a solar house or retrofitting an existing home with solar features, you may have started your project by reading a few books or articles about solar homes, only to find yourself overwhelmed by all the information. Many people are surprised when they discover building a solar home isn't as simple as adding some solar panels to the roof, but must be approached from a "whole-building" perspective.

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Sustainable Energy — without the hot air
SKU: ssewotha/ebook/000/000

About the author

David MacKay is a Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge. He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and then obtained his PhD in Computation and Neural Systems at the California Institute of Technology. He returned to Cambridge as a Royal Society research fellow at Darwin College. He is internationally known for his research in machine learning, information theory, and communication systems, including the invention of Dasher, a software interface that enables efficient communication in any language with any muscle. He has taught Physics in Cambridge since 1995. Since 2005, he has devoted much of his time to public teaching about energy. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Climate Change. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society on 14 May 2009.

About the "free book" license

This is a free book. I didn't write this book to make money. I wrote it because sustainable energy is important. If you would like to have the book for free for your own use, please help yourself to any of the electronic versions on this website. There's pdf and html versions (thanks to William Sigmund!); we are working on other formats.

This is a free book in a second sense: you are free to use all the material in this book, except for the cartoons and the photos with a named photographer, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share-Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales Licence. (The cartoons and photos are excepted because the authors have generally given me permission only to include their work, not to share it under a Creative Commons license.) You are especially welcome to use my materials for educational purposes. This website includes links to separate high-quality files for each of the figures in the book.

In response to generous readers...
If you enjoy the free electronic copy of the book and would like to make a financial donation, without buying the paper book for yourself, please may I suggest that you find a library or a school that would like a copy of the book, and buy a paper copy for them? Thank you!

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Self-sufficiency Hen Keeping
SKU: hk/230/000
Self-sufficiency and organic living have never been more prominent and hen keeping is becoming increasingly popular. Part of a growing series of authoritative and inspirational titles, this book provides an introduction to some of the key aspects of aspiring to a self-sufficient lifestyle by keeping your own chickens and benefiting from the produce. You don't need a large garden to keep poultry and an average family only needs a couple of hens to keep them well stocked in fresh eggs all year round. The set-up costs are minimal and you don't need a whole host of expensive gadgets or equipment to care for your chickens. Packed with information on poultry keeping (housing, food and water, daily care, disease prevention and cure, encouraging egg production and breeding), there is also comprehensive information on breeds and a list of useful contacts should you need them.

Mike Hatcher has a lifetime's experience keeping poultry. He began his career in commercial poultry and later crossed into pure breeds. He holds a qualification in Poultry Husbandry from the Lancashire College of Agriculture. He has judged in the UK, USA, Canada and Holland, and writes for various poultry magazines. He is now President of the Poultry Club of Great Britain and has worked with DEFRA to reduce the impact of avian influenza on small poultry keepers.

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Unbuilding: Salvaging the Architectural Treasure of Unwanted Houses
SKU: usatu/cat/1108/499
Unbuilding? Think building an old house, only in reverse. Two of the country’s leading experts on salvaging unwanted house explain the “green” art of unbuilding and take us on a fascinating tour of the process. Covering everything from assessing a building for salvage potential to deconstructing a whole house safely. The ultimate guide to taking apart a building and rescuing its reusable part and pieces. Many of these materials, including ornate hardware, period lighting and long lengths of hardwood flooring are of a quality that’s unmatched by anything available new.

Discover fascinating details on construction techniques for houses both ancient and of more contemporary vintage, and helpful methods to determine their value or salvagability. Unbuilding covers a variety of projects, from simply dismantling a wall to completely unbuilding an entire house safely, while saving the reusable parts and pieces for another building or purpose. You'll find just how satisfying, fun and economical it can be to reuse old building materials - whether for their original purpose or for decorating.

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