YOUR NATURAL HOME & SANCTUARY

We have divided our resources topics under four main subject headings Our Natural Home & Sanctuary
(aspects of design), Your Natural Home & Sanctuary (aspects of design), Building Topics and Related
Important Topics.
This was a somewhat arbitrary process as so many of the topics fit under two, if not
more, of the main subject headings.

Such is the nature of the interconnecting, interdependent systems that support life on planet Earth.

If your time permits make sure to check out the other resource subject headings.

Please note that these resource pages are not complete or comprehensive. The listings are samplings of
interesting internet sites and books to whet your interest and get you started if you aren’t already.

If you have suggestions for additional relevant listings drop us a line and let us know.

DOWSING

Web Sites for more Information on Dowsing

American Society of Dowsers:
http://www.dowsers.org/

Spiritual Dowsing & the Blessing Process with Joey Korn:
http://www.dowsers.com/

Sig Lonegren’s Mid Atlantic Geomancy:
http://www.geomancy.org/

Further Reading on Dowsing:

Geopathic Stress: How Earth Energies Affect Our Lives
By Jane Thurnell-Read
http://www.amazon.com/Geopathic-Stress-Earth-Energies-Affect/dp/1852306963/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321825271&sr=1-1

Healing Sick Houses: Dowsing for Healthy Homes
By Roy & Ann Procter
http://www.amazon.com/Healing-Sick-Houses-Dowsing-Healthy/dp/0717129926/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321825330&sr=1-1

Healthy Living Spaces: 70 Practical Ways to Detoxify the Body and Home
By Richard Leviton
http://www.amazon.com/Healthy-Living-Space-Practical-Detoxify/dp/1571742093/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322415409&sr=1-2

FENG SHUI

More Reading on Feng Shui and related Topics:

The Power of Place: How Our Surroundings Shape Our Thoughts, Emotions and Actions
By Winifred Gallagher
http://www.amazon.com/Power-Place-Winifred-Gallagher/dp/0060976020

The Healthy House Book: Using Feng Shui to Organize Your Home and Transform Your Life
By Gina Lazenby
http://www.amazon.com/Healthy-House-Book-Organize-Transfor/dp/B0000C2W67/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322426403&sr=1-1

Spirit of the Home: How to Make Your Home a Sanctuary.
By Jane Alexander
http://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Home-Make-Your-Sanctuary/dp/0823049019/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322428329&sr=1-1

Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui: Learn the Artof Space Clearing and Bring New Energy into Your Life.
By Karen Kingston
http://www.amazon.com/Creating-Sacred-Space-Feng-Shui/dp/0553069160

GENERAL HOME DESIGN

Further Reading on Home Design:

Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings
Edward S. Morse
http://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Homes-Their-Surroundings-Architecture/dp/0486207463/ref=sr_1_1_title_2_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321824850&sr=1-1

The Natural House Book: Creating a Healthy, Harmonious and Ecologically-Sound Home Environment
By David Pearson
http://www.amazon.com/Natural-House-Book-Gaia-original/dp/0732225604/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322427991&sr=1-2

The Japanese Bath
By Bruce Smith and Yoshiko Yamamoto
http://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Bath-Bruce-Smith/dp/158685027X/ref=sr_1_1?s=
books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322428575&sr=1-1

House as a Mirror of Self: Exploring the Deeper Meaning of Home
By Clare Cooper Marcus
http://www.amazon.com/House-As-Mirror-Self-Exploring/dp/0892541245/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322428847&sr=1-1

The Healing Home: Creating the Perfect Place to Live with Color, Aroma, Light and Other Natural Elements
By Suzy Chiazzari
http://www.amazon.com/Healing-Home-Creating-Perfect-Resources/dp/1570761604/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322429041&sr=1-1

Green•Washing
(grēn'wŏsh'ing, -wôsh'ing)
Used to describe the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a
company or the environmental benefits of a product or service.

For more info on GreenWashing check out these Web Pages

The Basics from Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwashing

The GreenWashing Index:
http://www.greenwashingindex.com/

The Sins of GreenWashing:
http://sinsofgreenwashing.org/

Greenpeace, “Stop GreenWash”:
http://stopgreenwash.org/

The Center for Media and Democracy’s “SourceWatch” Project
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Greenwashing

Love Earth Network:
http://www.greenwashing.net/

And from our Friends to the North:
http://www.businessethics.ca/greenwashing/

And a GREAT You Tube Video from Canada:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLIbIdgrIaE

INDOOR AIR QUALITY

Web Sites for more Info on Indoor Air Quality and Toxics:

Sandra Steingraber PhD.; Ecology Scientist, Cancer Survivor, Mother and Author.
http://steingraber.com/

Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine
http://cleanandhealthyme.org/

Maine Indoor Air Quality Council
http://www.miaqc.org/

Fantech Ventilation systems
http://fantech.net/

Further Reading on Indoor Air Quality and Toxics:

Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis
By Sandra Steingraber
http://steingraber.com/books/
or to purchase:
http://www.amazon.com/Raising-Elijah-Protecting-Children-Environmental/dp/0738213993

Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment
By Sandra Steingraber
http://www.amazon.com/Living-Downstream-Ecologists-Investigation-Environment/dp/0306818698/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327603111&sr=1-1

Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood
By Sandra Steingraber
http://www.amazon.com/Having-Faith-Sandra-Steingraber/dp/0425189996/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327603179&sr=1-1

The Mold Survival Guide: For Your Home and for Your Health.
By Jeffery C. May and Connie L. May
http://www.amazon.com/Mold-Survival-Guide-Your-Health/dp/0801879388/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1328023356&sr=1-1

My House is Killing Me: The Home Guide for Families with Allergies and Asthma.
By Jeffery C. May and Jonathan M. Samet
http://www.amazon.com/My-House-Killing-Me-Allergies/dp/0801867304/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1328023389&sr=1-1-spell

How Everyday Products make People Sick: Toxins at Home and in the Workplace
Paul D. Blanc, M.D.
http://www.amazon.com/Everyday-Products-Make-People-Sick/dp/0520261275/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321824599&sr=1-1

Clean & Green: The Complete Guide to Nontoxic and Environmentally Safe Housekeeping.
By Annie Berthold-Bond
http://www.amazon.com/Clean-Green-Annie-Berhold-Bond/dp/1886101019

Why Your House May Endanger Your Health
By Alfred V. Zamm MD with Robert Gannon
http://www.amazon.com/Why-Your-House-Endanger-Health/dp/0671447572/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322363127&sr=1-1

The Healthy House: How to Buy One…How to Cure a Sick One…How to Build One
By John Bower
http://www.amazon.com/Healthy-House-build-cure-revised/dp/0963715690/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322363281&sr=1-1-fkmr0

Prescriptions for A Healthy House: A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders & Homeowners.
By Paula Baker Laporte, Erica Elliot MD and John Banta
http://www.amazon.com/Prescriptions-Healthy-House-3rd-Architects/dp/0865716048/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322363281&sr=1-2-fkmr0

Healthy Living Spaces: 70 Practical Ways to Detoxify the Body and Home
By Richard Leviton
http://www.amazon.com/Healthy-Living-Space-Practical-detoxify/dp/1571742093/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322415409&sr=1-2

How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 Houseplants that Purify Your Home or Office.
By B.C Wolverton
http://www.amazon.com/How-Grow-Fresh-Air-Plants/dp/0140262431/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie
=UTF8&qid=1322421609&sr=1-1

PASSIVE HOUSE

Web Sites for More Information on Passive House Design Principles:

Passive House Institute US:
http://www.passivehouse.us/passiveHouse/PHIUSHome.html

Environmental Building News write up on Passive House Principles:
http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2010/3/31/Passive-House-Arrives-in
-North-America-Could-It-Revolutionize-the-Way-We-Build/

Further Reading on Passive House Design:

Homes for a Changing Climate: Passive Houses in the US
By Katrin Klingenberg, Mike Kernagis, Mary James
http://www.passivehouse.us/passiveHouse/PassiveHouseBook.html

PATTERN LANGUAGE

Web Sites for a Pattern Language:

http://www.patternlanguage.com/

Further Reading on The Pattern Language:

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction
By Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein
http://www.amazon.com/Pattern-Language-Buildings-Construction-Environmental/dp/0195019199/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322426815&sr=1-1

The Timeless Way of Building
By Christopher Alexander
http://www.amazon.com/Timeless-Way-Building-Christopher-Alexander/dp/0195024028/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322426815&sr=1-2

The Oregon Experiment
By Christopher Alexander
http://www.amazon.com/Oregon-Experiment-Center-Environmental-Structure/dp/0195018249/ref=pd_sim_b_4

Patterns of Home: The Ten Essentials of Enduring Design
By Max Jacobson, Murray Silverstein and Barbara Winslow
http://www.amazon.com/Patterns-Home-Essentials-Enduring-Design/dp/156158696X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322427132&sr=1-1

PERMACULTURE

Permaculture as a systematic method was developed by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren during the 1970s. Holmgren 12 design principles are:

  1. Observe and interact: By taking time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular
    situation.

  2. Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use
    them in times of need.

  3. Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.

  4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that
    systems can continue to function well.

  5. Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature's abundance to reduce
    our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.

  6. Produce no waste: By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes
    to waste.

  7. Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These
    can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.

  8. Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between
    those things and they work together to support each other.

  9. Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better
    use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes.

  10. Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the
    unique nature of the environment in which it resides.

  11. Use edges and value the marginal: The interface between things is where the most interesting events take
    place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.

  12. Creatively use and respond to change: We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing,
    and then intervening at the right time.

Web Pages about Permaculture:

Permaculture Activist
http://permacultureactivist.net/index.html

David Holmgren’s, (co-founder of the Permaculture paradigm) web page:
http://holmgren.com.au/

Permaculture Principles web page:
http://www.permacultureprinciples.com/

Further Reading on Permaculture:

Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home Scale Permaculture
By Toby Hemenway
http://www.amazon.com/Gaias-Garden-Second-Home-Scale-Permaculture/dp/1603580298/ref=pd_sim_b_4

Permaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability
By David Holmgren
http://www.amazon.com/Permaculture-Principles-Pathways-Beyond-Sustainability/dp/0646418440/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322420728&sr=1-1

SACRED GEOMETRY

Web Sites on Sacred Geometry:

Vesica Institute:
http://vesica.org/

Charles Gilchrist’s site:
http://www.charlesgilchrist.com/SGEO/

The Geometry Code:
http://www.geometrycode.com/sacred-geometry/

Sig Lonegren’s Mid Atlantic Geomancy:
http://www.geomancy.org/#sacred-geometry/index.php

Further Reading on Sacred Geometry and Earth Energies:

Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice
Robert Lawlor
http://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Geometry-Philosophy-Practice-Imagination/dp/0500810303

Sacred Geometry
Miranda Lundy
http://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Geometry-Wooden-Books-Miranda/dp/0802713823/ref=pd_sim_b_4

Platonic & Archimedean Solids
Daud Sutton
http://www.amazon.com/Platonic-Archimedean-Solids-Wooden-Books/dp/0802713866

The Golden Section: Nature's Greatest Secret
Scott Olsen
http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Section-Natures-Greatest-Secret/dp/0802715397/ref=pd_sim_b_1

The Geometry of Meaning

Arthur M Young
http://www.amazon.com/Geometry-Meaning-Arthur-M-Young/dp/0960985050/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321825016&sr=1-1

Sacred Earth, Sacred Stones: Spiritual Sites and Landscapes, Ancient Alignments, Earth Energy Lines
By Brian Leigh Molyneaux and Piers Vitebsky
http://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Earth-Stones-Brian-Molyneaux/dp/1571456643/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322426210&sr=1-3

Secrets of Sacred Space: Discover and Create Places of Power
By Chuck Pettis
http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Sacred-Space-Chuck-Pettis/dp/1567185193/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322428684&sr=1-1

The Power of Limits: Proportional Harmonies in Nature, Art & Architecture
By Gyorgy Doczi
http://www.amazon.com/Power-Limits-Proportional-Harmonies-Architecture/dp/0877731934

Order in Space: A Design Source Book
By Keith Critchlow
http://www.amazon.com/Order-Space-Design-Source-Book/dp/0500340331/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323026280&sr=1-1

SOLAR AND WIND FOR THE HOME

Web Page Links for Solar and Wind for the Home:

Paul Gipe’s Web Page. Paul Gipe is a renewable energy advocate and author of nine books
on the subject. His work in the field of feed-in tariffs (as the most effective mechanism available
for implementing renewables at the scale needed) has earned him worldwide recognition:
http://wind-works.org/

Solar Times Web Page. SolarTimes is an independent energy publication that looks at
energy from a progressive, humanitarian perspective. SolarTimes’ editorial mission is - but is
not limited to - the raising of public awareness and the education and empowerment of citizens
regarding energy, as a human rights issue. SolarTimes believes energy to be one of the most
urgent issues of the 21st century - and that the reasons for this urgency are not limited to global
climate change. Because war, poverty and environmental destruction do not take place in a
vacuum, SolarTimes seeks to lend a global perspective to local, state and national energy issues
by illustrating the ways in which these conditions are exacerbated by today’s global energy cycle,
which is in dire need of transformation. Moreover, SolarTimes views clean, sustainable, renewable
energy as essential to the future of human life on the planet. Thus, our mission entails shedding
literacy and light on the darker aspects of the energy cycle, while illustrating the infinite possibilities
of a better world - one where clean, renewable energy is the norm, as opposed to the “alternative.
” By adding this perspective to the historical library, SolarTimes hopes to enlighten, embolden and
empower its readers so that they can make informed choices regarding all things energy.:
http://solartimes.org/

Institute for Local Self Reliance Web Site. The Institute’s mission is to provide innovative
strategies, working models and timely information to support environmentally sound and
equitable community development. To this end, ILSR works with citizens, activists,
policymakers and entrepreneurs to design systems, policies and enterprises that meet local
or regional needs; to maximize human, material, natural and financial resources; and to ensure
that the benefits of these systems and resources accrue to all local citizens:
http://www.ilsr.org/

Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology:
http://www.i4at.org/

Windspire home scale vertical axis wind turbine.
http://www.windspireenergy.com/windspire/

Thermomax Evacuated Tube Solar Thermal collectors.
http://www.thermomax.com/

Solar Heat Exchange Manufacturing. Packaged drainback whole systems.
http://www.solarheatexchangemanufacturing.com/NewFiles/80galdb.html?utm_sou

Home Power Magizine:
http://homepower.com/home/

Paul Gipe’s Web Page. Paul Gipe is a renewable energy advocate and author of nine books
on the subject. His work in the field of feed-in tariffs (as the most effective mechanism available
for implementing renewables at the scale needed) has earned him worldwide recognition:

http://wind-works.org/

Solar Times Web Page. SolarTimes is an independent energy publication that looks at energy from a
progressive, humanitarian perspective. SolarTimes’ editorial mission is - but is not limited to - the raising
of public awareness and the education and empowerment of citizens regarding energy, as a human rights
issue. SolarTimes believes energy to be one of the most urgent issues of the 21st century - and that the
reasons for this urgency are not limited to global climate change. Because war, poverty and environmental
destruction do not take place in a vacuum, SolarTimes seeks to lend a global perspective to local, state
and national energy issues by illustrating the ways in which these conditions are exacerbated by today’s
global energy cycle, which is in dire need of transformation. Moreover, SolarTimes views clean, sustainable,
renewable energy as essential to the future of human life on the planet. Thus, our mission entails shedding
literacy and light on the darker aspects of the energy cycle, while illustrating the infinite possibilities of a
better world - one where clean, renewable energy is the norm, as opposed to the “alternative.” By adding
this perspective to the historical library, SolarTimes hopes to enlighten, embolden and empower its
readers so that they can make informed choices regarding all things energy.:

http://solartimes.org/

Institute for Local Self Reliance Web Site. The Institute’s mission is to provide innovative strategies, working
models and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development. To
this end, ILSR works with citizens, activists, policymakers and entrepreneurs to design systems, policies
and enterprises that meet local or regional needs; to maximize human, material, natural and financial resources;
and to ensure that the benefits of these systems and resources accrue to all local citizens:

http://www.ilsr.org/

Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology:

http://www.i4at.org/

Further Reading for Solar and Wind for the Home:

The Return of the Solar Cat Book: Mixing Cat Wisdom with Science and Solar Politics
By Jim Augustyn
http://www.amazon.com/Return-Solar-Cat-Book-Politics/dp/0972994904/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322425593&sr=1-1

Wind Energy Basics, Second Edition:A Guide to Home- and Community-Scale Wind Energy Systems
By Paul Gipe
http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/wind_energy_basics_second_edition:paperback


A Solar Buyer's Guide for the Home and Office:Navigating the Maze of Solar Options, Incentives, and Installers

By Stephen and Rebekah Hren
http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/a_solar_buyers_guide_for_the_home_and_office:paperback

The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook:Community Solutions to a Global Crisis
By Greg Pahl
http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_citizenpowered_energy_handbook:paperback

Natural Home Heating: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Options

By Greg Pahl
http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Home-Heating-Complete-Renewable/dp/1931498229

The Home Owners Guide to Renewable Energy: Achieving Energy Independence
through Solar, Wind, Biomass and Hydropower.

By Dan Chiras
http://www.amazon.com/Homeowners-Guide-Renewable-Energy-Independence/dp/0865716862/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1328026191&sr=1-1-fkmr1


UNIVERSAL DESIGN

Universal Design Web Sites
http://www.universaldesign.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_design

 


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