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Brotruck, Tanja. Roof Construction. Boston: Birkhauser, 2007. Print.
This is a very slim volume on roofs. Several places had meantioned that in the history of straw bale building hip roofs were popular and I wanted to see what other roof types could be possible for such a dwelling. The book has numerous diagrams of roofs and helped to make visible the similarities between todays roof constuction and more traditional timber frame construction.
Farallones Institute, . The Integral Urban House. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1979. Print.
This book is really only good for looking at in a project like this. I got a few ideas about wind use in urban areas, but the book has so much about everything unusual that it had little on wind. It was published just before the eighties so all of the return to the land sensibility is from 30 years ago, not today.
Magwood, Chris. More Straw Bale Building. British Columbia: New Society Publishers, 2005. Online book via Crossett.
This book has all information on “designing and building” a straw bale house. Obviously, it actually sucks at the designing part, but the building side is right on. In the book they outline all of the reasons to build with straw bales and all of the answers to give to people who claim that it is not sturdy, is a fire hazard, etc. The book includes a few pages on California building code that are worth reading. The book is REALLY annoying to read online, but is a good resource if you can get beyond that.
Reynolds, John. Windmills and Waterwheels. London: 1970. Print.
This book was about the historical uses of windmills and waterwheels. It had little information on how to adapt these technologies for today. It was still fun to look at, lots of information for someone.
Seymour, John. The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It. New York: DK, 2003. Print.
This book has everything about self sufficiently. I used the book for its super-simple wind power descriptions. In the book there includes a section where every type of wind generating machine is described briefly. The book also has limited diagrams for timber frame construction and describes the process for curing wood and maintaining forestland. The book covers every other topic too from growing vegetables to composting toilets.
Sobon, Jack, and Roger Schroeder. Timber Frame Construction. Pownal, Vermont: Storey Communications, 1984. Print.
This book was a really excellent introduction to timber frame construction. It has diagrams showing every type of joint and brace. The book describes which kind of trees in what conditions will be good for constructing with. The book describes the community importance in these types of buildings and describes and illustrates how walls are constructed and raised. The book has every term imaginable, and will also describe how modern-day tools can be adapted for timber frame construction.
A documentary titled Vermont Wind: Looking Toward Our Energy Future
This includes lots of information that we already know about wind. The film is really heavy on community impact and response rather than how Vermont can use wind. I would not recommend this.