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The Natural Building Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to Integrative Design and Construction


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Paperback and DVD ▪ Full Color Throughout ▪ 8 x 10 ▪ 416 pages ▪ ISBN 9781603583398

Jacob Deva Racusin and Ace McArleton co-own New Frameworks Natural Building, LLC, a company offering services in green remodeling, new construction, consultation, and education featuring natural building technologies. Instructors at educational organizations including Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Jacob and Ace are involved with the Natural Building Certificate Program, which Jacob helped develop and has served as program director. They are also codevelopers and instructors of the graduate-level Professional Semester of Integrative Design and Construction at Yestermorrow. Their company is a member of Vermont Builders for Social Responsibility and the Vermont chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.
 
“The Natural Building Companion is a joy to read. The approach is holistic, the style is generous, and the authors gracefully balance technical details, beautiful spaces, and big ecological questions. This book empowers the reader to make choices that matter—for their own home and for the health of our planet.”
—Paul Lacinski, coauthor of Serious Straw Bale
 
“This excellent and thoroughly researched book reflects the progression of natural building. It eloquently expresses the beautiful marriage between experience and experimentation, fact and anecdote, science and soul. Deva and Ace have built us a much needed bridge between natural building and green building. The Natural Building Companion will transform how we build!”
—Adam Weismann and Katy Bryce, authors of Using Natural Finishes and Building with Cob
 
“‘What is a high-performance building?’ Racusin and McArleton answer that question by taking a values-based approach that integrates social and ecological good with health, resource efficiency, and durability. Fusing the knowledge of the building-science community with the wisdom and experience of the best natural building practitioners, The Natural Building Companion provides plenty of detailed, how-to information to help readers create structures and communities that are, as the authors put it, ‘worthy of our highest aspirations.’”
—Marc Rosenbaum, founder, Energysmiths
 
“The Natural Building Companion brings age-old building techniques and materials into the modern world. It is a comprehensive evaluation of natural building methods that shares results from up-to-date testing and monitoring, explains how these results apply to building codes, and covers new tools and resources that make installation more user-friendly and durable. By combining a wealth of information in a single volume, this book is indispensable to anyone wanting to build a healthy home using natural materials.”
—Will Beemer, director, The Heartwood School for the Homebuilding Crafts