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Principles of ecological design: Integrating Technology, Economics and Ecology

Principles of Ecological Design gives insight, inspiration and guidance for a radical redesign of our way of life. It illuminates a way to disengage from corporate consumer culture, and create a more fulfilling lifestyle. These principles are fundamental to any green building or ecological living initiative.-More Info-

$6.95 Black and white booklet
$4.95 Color download

Greywater

Which greywater book(s) do you need?


Greywater set

The New Create an Oasis with Grey Water (book)
Builder's Grey Water Guide (book)
Principles of Ecological Design (article)
Laundry to Landscape(DVD)

$49.80—($13 savings)

Create an Oasis with Grey Water book cover.

Builder's gray water guide book cover. laundry to landscape greywater systems

Create an Oasis with Greywater: Choosing, Building, and Using Greywater Systems

Create an Oasis with Greywater describes how to choose, build, and use twenty different types of greywater systems. It thoroughly covers all greywater basics, and will benefit everyone who is using or contemplating the use of greywater. This 5th edition of the world’s best-selling greywater book includes 50 pages of new text, photos, and figures, as well as complete, detailed design and installation information on branched drain greywater systems. -More Info-

“Greywater for dummies and greywater encyclopedia in one  information goldmine.”
—Dan Chiras, author,  The New Ecological Home; The Solar House

Author: Art Ludwig. Oasis Design, 2006. 8.5x11, 145 pages, 53 figures, 130 photos. ISBN 0964343398. $20.95.

$20.95 New Create an Oasis only
New Greywater Book and Video Set: Create an Oasis, Builder's Greywater Guide, Principles of Ecological Design, Laundry to Landscape instructional DVD $49.80 ($13 savings)

Create an Oasis with Grey Water book cover.

new item Laundry to Landscape Greywater Systems: Instructional DVD

An instructional video explaining how to design and build Laundry to Landscape Greywater Systems. These are the simplest, most economical greywater systems to install yourself as an owner or renter, and a good green collar job opportunity (as a self-employed installer or as part of your landscape, plumbing, or construction business).

-More info-

$19.95 Produced by Art Ludwig, published by Oasis Design, 2010. 90 minutes. Soy ink color printed in a recycled cardboard case. ISBN 0-9643433-8-X.

laundry to landscape greywater systems

Builder's Greywater Guide: Installation of Greywater Systems in New Construction and Remodeling

A supplement to  The New Create an Oasis with Grey Water (book) which will help building professionals or homeowners work within or around building codes to successfully include greywater systems in new construction or remodeling. Includes information on treatment effectiveness, sample US codes, and permit submissions. -More Info-

Author: Art Ludwig. Oasis Design, 1995-2006. 8.5 x11, 54 pages, 8 figures. ISBN 0964343320. $14.95
You need Create an Oasis with Greywater to make sense of the Builder's Greywater Guide.

NOTE: The Builder's Greywater Guide is currently undergoing extensive expansion. The currently available edition is accurate and up to date except it does not have the current version of the California Greywater Standards which we helped write; these can be found on our web site at the preceding link. Much of the new information going into the new edition can be found in the California greywater policy center and our Legalize Sustainability page. Physically, the current Builder's Guide is our simplest formatted book; it is black and white, saddle stitched. The next edition will have a color cover, be perfect bound, and cost more. When it is available, we will offer a discount on the new edition to anyone who has purchased the previous one. Depending on how close to the release date the purchase is made, it will be between $5 for anyone who ever bought one, $10 for people who bought it within a year, to a 100% credit for people who bought it 30 days previously. We don't have a release date for the new edition but it will probably be late 2014 at the earliest.

$14.95

Builder's gray water guide book cover.

Flow Splitters (hardware) Special plumbing fittings which reliably split a gravity flow of unfiltered greywater into two streams, for use in branched drain greywater systems. -More Info-

$12 — Flow splitter, 1.5"
 
$15 — Flow splitter, 2"
 

Three Way Diverter Valves (plastic) Special valves added to house greywater plumbing, used to switch greywater between alternate destinations. -More Info-
(Before buying, please read Why you shouldn't buy anything made of PVC.)


$59 — Three-Way Diverter Valve 1.5-2" (plastic)


new item Three-way Diverter Valve 1" (brass) Special valves used to switch laundry greywater between alternate destinations. -More Info-

add to cart $47 — Three-Way Diverter Valve 1" (brass)
add to cart $300.80— Box of 8 Three-Way Diverter Valves 1" (brass)



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Water


Water Set

Water Storage (book)Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands (book), plus our two water downloads free: Water Quality Testing Procedures and Information Packet and Understanding Wild Water.

$44.90 (save $20)

Water Storage

A do-it-yourself guide to designing, building, and maintaining water tanks, cisterns and ponds, and managing groundwater storage. It will help you with your independent water system, fire protection, and disaster preparedness, at low cost and using principles of ecological design. Includes how to make enrolment water tanks. -More Info-

Author: Art Ludwig, published by Oasis Design. 2005. 8.5x11, 125 pages, 43 figures, 128 photos. ISBN 0-9643433-6-3. $19.95
Water Storage cover

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands
Vol. I: Guiding principles to welcome rain into your life and landscape

Turn water scarcity into water abundance: A do-it-yourself guide for conceptualizing, designing, and implementing sustainable water-harvesting systems for home, and landscape use. -More Info-

Author: Brad Lancaster, published by Rainsource Press. 2006. 8.5x11, 183 pages, over 150 illustrations. ISBN 0-9772464-0-X. $24.95

Water Quality Testing Procedures and Information Packet

A set of downloadable files which will help you learn water testing techniques which are an optimal combination of simple, inexpensive and accurate; improve the design of your testing program; learn the limitations of testing; and learn how to get more out of your interpretation of water testing results. -More Info-

$14.95 — 34 page PDF document, Word document, and Excel worksheet-BETA VERSION
Water Quality Testing

Understanding Wild Water & Staying Clean Ecologically in the Wilderness

Understanding how nature processes and reuses "wastes" is a prerequisite not only to camping responsibly, but to designing any ecological wastewater system. This article will benefit anyone who spends much time outdoors. An understanding of these principles ideally would be required of anyone who designs water or wastewater systems.-More Info-

$4.95 Short article, PDF format
Washing dishes in a creek with sand

Tools & Materials Shopping List for Plumbing and Masonry in English and Spanish

This is a download list of common plumbing and masonry tools and components, in English, Spanish and pictures. It includes use tips (how to make good joints in PVC and galvanized, for example), and doubles as a shopping list for hardware store runs, which was the use for which it was originally developed. -More Info-


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Natural Building


The Hand-Sculpted House
A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage

A cob cottage is the ultimate expression of ecological design. Made of the oldest, most available materials imaginable, cob houses are not only compatible with their surroundings, the are their surroundings. This beautiful book will guide you through all stages of planning and building your cob home. -More Info-

Authors: Ianto Evans, Michael G. Smith, Linda Smiley, published by Chelsea Green. 2002. 8.5x11, 346 pages, 230 figures, 100 photos. ISBN 1-890132-34-9. $35.00

The Hand-Sculpted House

Builders of the Pacific Coast
A continuation of Lloyd Kahn's journeys into the creative processes of owner-built homes - their innovative techniques, use of sustainable materials, and essential dedication to the natural elements surrounding their designs - Builders of the Pacific Coast explores the aesthetics and skills of three master builders in California, Washington state, and the rugged terrain of British Columbia. The three featured craftsmen - Lloyd House, Bruce Atkey, and Sun Ray Kelley - combine imaginative architecture with innovative contexts: everything from unusual house-boats to sculptural dwellings made of driftwood are included. With stunning color and black-and-white photographs, as well as detailed black-and-white drawings of the homes, this collection of unique and progressive designs creates a template for a future filled with forward-thinking architecture. -More info-

Lloyd Kahn, Shelter Publications. 2008. 9" x 12", 293 pages, trade paperback. ISBN 978-0-936070-43-8. $26.95

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Bicycles—
Make your Bicycle Bearings Invincible and Vastly Easier to Service

Explains why and how to install your own grease fittings so your bearings vastly outperform "sealed" bearings at a fraction of the cost.
Includes drawings and detailed procedures for adding Zerk universal grease fittings to your bicycle's headset, bottom bracket, pedals and hubs. -More Info-

$4.95 Short article, PDF format
Grease-fitting equipped bicycle under testing in salt water.

Edible Landscaping—
Subtropical and Low Chill Deciduous Fruit Tree Selection Chart

Includes over a hundred recommended cultivars of subtropical and low chill deciduous fruit trees, with information on drought, frost and shade tolerance, which varieties give the best fruit, bearing seasons, etc. Geared towards the home orchardist between 25 and 40 degrees from the equator. NOTE, this is a BETA VERSION, about 60% complete and 85% accurate. This is still probably the most complete and accurate information you can find on these trees in one list. -More Info-

$4.95 Excel spreadsheet and PDF of the same
Permaculture agroforestry harvest.

Energy—
Rocket Mass Heaters: Superefficient Woodstoves You Can Build

Superefficient, ultra low emission wood fired heaters you can build for yourself in a weekend for less than a hundred dollars. -More info-

Ianto Evans and Leslie Jackson, Cob Cottage Company. 2006. 7x10, 100 pages. ISBN 0-9663738-3-9. $18.00


Sustainable Development—
Maruata at the Crossroads
: Ecological Designs for an Indigenous Community

Seventy seven pages in Spanish on the ecological systems design for an indigenous village in Mexico. Water supply, sanitation, cultural preservation...it's all here. There's an introduction and summary in English. -More info-

Author: Art Ludwig, published by Oasis Design, March 2004. 8.5x11, 77 pages, 125 photos, graphics and tables


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One of Everything—Save big bucks

Includes these books at 10% off (save $18.07)...

The New Create an Oasis with Grey Water (book), Builder's Grey Water Guide (book), Laundry to Landscape (DVD), Water Storage (book), Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands (book), The Hand-Sculpted House (book), Rocket Mass Heaters (book) and Builders of the Pacific Coast (book)

Create an Oasis with Grey Water book cover. Builder's gray water guide book cover. Water Storage cover The Hand-Sculpted House

...and these downloads at 100% off (save $44.65)

Principles of Ecological Design (article), Wild Water Wisdom (article), Water quality testing (download), Fruit tree chart, Invincible bearings, Plumbing and Masonry Spanish Dictionary (download) , Maruata at the Crossroads (download)

Washing dishes in a creek with sand Water Quality Testing Permaculture agroforestry harvest. Grease-fitting equipped bicycle under testing in salt water. Plumbing and Masonry Dictionary (Spanish)

$162.63—($62.72 total savings)


 

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