February 2016

Book Profile–The EcoNest Home: Designing & Building a Light Straw Clay House

By Paula Baker-Laporte and Robert Laporte
320 pages, New Society Publishers (2015)

An EcoNest is not just a home; it is a beautiful structure that nurtures health and embraces ecology, bringing together time-honored traditions and modern innovations for the best of both worlds. This unique approach to construction combines light straw clay, timber framing, earthen floors, natural plasters and other natural techniques with the principles of Building Biology to create a handcrafted living sanctuary. The homes have all the comforts we’ve come to expect, but they sit lightly on the land and will do so for a long, long time.

The EcoNest Home is a complete, theoretical and practical guide for prospective designers and builders, including a detailed explanation of the nature-based science behind EcoNests; fully illustrated, step-by-step instructions to guide you through construction; and dozens of inspiring photos of completed projects. A comprehensive North American resource on light straw clay construction, written by its leading proponents, The EcoNest Home is a must-read for anyone considering building their own healthy, affordable, environmentally friendly, natural home.

Paula Baker-Laporte and Robert Laporte are the creators of the EcoNest concept. Paula, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, is considered one of the leading proponents of healthy building in North America. After struggling with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and regaining her own health, she became deeply interested in creating the most health-enhancing built environments possible. Paula has worked as the architect for the EcoNest Company for nearly two decades and is the primary author of Prescriptions for a Healthy House. Robert has built more than 50 houses using the EcoNest system, in climates ranging from the semiarid high deserts of New Mexico to the frigid cold of Manitoba. He has trained hundreds of professional builders and aspiring owner-builders in using EcoNest techniques.



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