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CREATE YOUR ECO NEST

EcoNest: Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw, and Timber 

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EcoNest identifies homes designed and built respectfully, in appreciation of the harmony and beauty of nature and in a way that uses nature's resources so as to consume less energy, create less waste, nurture our health, and enrich our senses.

This great book describes a unique method of green building that avoids the typical problems involved with conventional building, such as industrial waste, excessive chemical usage, and inefficient synthetic insulation. Design details such as which direction a home is oriented, what kind of lighting illuminates each room, and whether or not there is a step-down entryway are a vital part of creating each econest. 

About the authors: Paula Baker-Laporte, A.I.A., graduated from the University of Toronto, School of Architecture in 1978. She is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and is a certified Bau-biologist. Since 1992, Paula has dedicated her practice to the precepts of environmentally sound and health-enhancing architecture. She is the author of Prescriptions for a Healthy House. Robert Laporte is the founder of the Econest Building Company and the Natural House Building Centre. He served on the original board of directors for the Timber Framers Guild from 1985 to 1987 and specializes in earth, straw, and timberframe structures. He has been designing and building natural homes in Canada and the United States and Scandinavia for the past twenty-five years. Robert and Paula's Econest projects have been featured on HGTV and in several magazines, including Natural Home, Fine Homebuilding, Residential Architect, Organic Style Magazine, Yoga Journal, and The Inspired House.


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What You Should Know
A bird builds its nest using the materials at hand to create its perfect shelter. It doesn't fly to the next state for twigs or build a bigger home than it needs.
Like the bird, humans desire shelter that is cozy and nurturing, that satisfies the soul, mind, and body.
You can create an environment that is nurturing, nontoxic, and free of synthetic chemicals.
Anybody can learn more about unique method of green building that avoids the typical problems usually involved with conventional building, such as industrial waste, excessive chemical usage, and inefficient synthetic insulation.
The rise and decline, not only of peoples, but of whole civilizations have depended upon their relations to Earth and their local area.