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Architectural Education Portal


This is a just a drop in the bucket of our forthcoming training material. Each title will be linked as it is uploaded.

Repairing your community

links coming soon!

Preserving your historic buildings

links coming soon!

Designing your own Home

Home Design with YOU in Mind
Sustainable Home
Working towards a Better Definition of Sustainability
Cost Effective Sustainable Features    
Minimizing Waste and Pollution
From Vision to Reality
Where You Live Now
Wish List
Setting a Vision
Idea Book
Site Diagram

Where is the Money?  How to Afford to Pay Cash for Your Home
Mortgage Financing
Tools to Facilitate Financing
Creative Funding Solutions      
Pick the Right Materials
Homeowners Bill of Rights
Tax Incentives for Green Design
Budgeting for a Contractor      
Deciding Factors
Insurance for the Non-Traditional Home

Planning a Build
Getting it Built: Managing Volunteers
Regulatory Forces –The Code

Design
The Building’s Context and Site
Land Uses       
The Best Design of All: At the Intersection of Two Ecosystems
Choosing a Building Site
Geography     
Topography and Climate
Working with Microclimates
General Site Design Criteria
Landscaping
Growing your Own: Dan’s EPIC Garden
Outdoor Living
Fire-Wise Design

Vernacular Design Principals
       North Pacific Vernacular Zone
       Rocky Mountain Vernacular Zone
       Southwest Vernacular Zone
       Great Plains / Prairie Vernacular Zone
       Lakes Vernacular Zone
       Northeast Vernacular Zone              
       Southeast Mountain Vernacular Zone
       Southeast Coastal Vernacular Zone

Designing for Thermal Comfort
Passive Solar Design
Ultra-Tight Construction
Other Ways of Staying Cool     
Other Ways of Staying Warm
Thermal Mass versus Insulation
Thermal Mass for Heating
Thermal Mass for Cooling
Earth-Coupling and Earth-Sheltering  
Natural Ventilation Strategies and Indoor Air Quality
       Using Windows for Ventilation
       Other Means of Ventilation
       Indoor Air Quality
        Humidification Matters
Thermal and Moisture Protection
Roof Thermal Performance Improvements
Framing for Thermal Performance
Thermal Bridging
Choosing Insulation
Acoustics - Sound Insulation

The Structural System
Foundations
Rubble Trench Foundations
Floor Structures
Framing

The Enclosure System
       Secrets of Great Curb Appeal
Walls
Natural versus Sustainable Materials
Insulating Versus Thermal Mass Building Materials
Strawbale vs. Cob
Glass Block and Bottle Walls
Can Walls
Other Types of Walls
Soil Factors for Rammed Earth, Adobe, Cob, and Earthbag Construction             
       Expansion and Control Joints
       Adobe
       Cob
       Rammed Earth  
       Earthbags
       Wood Block Concrete Forms
Wood and Log Construction
Timber frame
Log Buildings
Cordwood
Strawbale
Stone
Concrete

Roofing
Roof Structure
Roofing Types

Doors and Windows
Doors
Windows

Rooms, Spaces, Colors, & Textures
Create an Efficient Floorplan
Starting Small
Easy Spaces
What about All My Stuff?
Living Simply with Less
Other Interior Considerations
EntranceCourtyards   
Hallways & Hidden Hallways   
Living Room   
Dining Rooms
Great Room   
Kitchens and Baths     
Kitchens          
Bathrooms     
Bedrooms       
Second Floors and Lofts            
Storage            
Laundry Room              
Garage             
Root Cellar      
Stairs and Towers        
Standard Furniture Dimensions             
Details of Design          
Planning for the Long Game   
Universal Design          

Finishes     
Glues
Paints and stains          
Wall Coverings              
Floor Coverings            

Mechanical Systems            
Mechanical Heating and Cooling           
Mechanical Rooms      
Mechanical Heating    
Fireplaces and Stoves
Mechanical Cooling & Air Conditioning               

Electrical Systems  
Lighting            
Power              
The Art and Science of Outlets and Switching 
Appliances      
Plumbing         
Water Flow    
Water Heaters              
Waste Management  
Rainwater Harvesting and Collection   
Greywater      
Maximizing Efficiency in Water Use     
Final Notes on Mechanical Systems     

Imbuing Space with Spirit  
What is Happy, Anyway?          
Your Core Desired Feelings     
Locating “Power Spots"            
Creating Sacred Spaces             
Correct timing               
Vaastu & Feng Shui     
Vaastu              
Feng Shui        
     
Hiring an Architect or Designer        
Stages of Design    

APPENDICES            
       New Home Design Worksheet        
       Site Design Checklist            
       Suggested Reading               
     


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