Just about a week ago, National Geographic released a new book called True Green Home: 100 Inspirational Ideas for Creating a Green Environment at Home. The book features, of course, 100 green ideas, as well as 10 company case studies and a resource index with links and a glossary. Oddly, I guess our site was good enough to get a free review copy of the book, but not quite good enough to get listed in the links section. But that's okay, we're still riding a high from being listed in The Gort Cloud … Anyway, True Green Home packages basic green concepts in a nice way — it's particularly helpful for starters and anyone looking for inspiration.
We have four DVDs of this movie to randomly giveaway to commenters below, so if you'd like to win one, make sure to say something before midnight on Friday, January 16, 2009.*
Finally! A full-length feature for all us green building junkies! The Greening of Southie is an award-winning film that documents the journey of a green condo building from the idea of a legacy Boston developer all the way to the jungles of Bolivia, from the steel mills of New England to LEED Gold certification. The Macallen Building Condominiums, a sexy piece of contemporary architecture on the border of Boston and South Boston, was completed in 2007 by a committed team of builders. They submitted their process to scrutiny via the cameras of budding filmmakers Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis of Wicked Delicate Films.
We’re giving a copy of this book away to one lucky commenter below, so make sure to say something before midnight on Friday, November 14, 2008.*
If you’re a prefab enthusiast or in any way interested in portable architecture, you should read More Mobile: Portable Architecture for Today. More Mobile is an expansion of the ideas presented in the original book called Mobile: The Art of Portable Architecture. Both were edited by the venerable and very popular Jennifer Siegal, founder of Office of Mobile Design, and I suggest you sit down and take some time to enjoy this second iteration.
If you’re even slightly interested in natural building, earth construction, or green design, you should probably read The Rammed Earth House by David Easton. We’re giving away our copy provided by Chelsea Green, so leave a comment before midnight Friday, October 17, if you’d like to be entered for the giveaway.* Chock full of helpful and colorful photos by Cynthia Wright, The Rammed Earth House is a fantastic read. Easton and Wright founded Rammed Earth Works (REW Associates) and over the past thirty years, they’ve designed and built more than 200 residential and commercial rammed earth structures around the world. With all this experience in a form of construction that dates back to prehistoric times, Easton enunciates the case for earth building and rammed earth houses rather cleverly: they’re quiet, comfortable, sturdy, durable, timeless, natural, and locally made.
Jerry Yudelson, renown green building expert, was kind enough to send us a copy of one of his latest books, and as is the tradition on this website, we’re giving the book away to one lucky commenter below. Just leave a comment before midnight on Monday, September 22 to be considered for the giveaway.* The book is called Choosing Green: The Homebuyer’s Guide to Good Green Homes and is printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. It is what it’s called: a homebuyer’s guide. If you’re a homeowner or are thinking of becoming one (even in this market!), you should give this a read and get educated. Yudelson will walk you through some of the following concepts: