The Barefoot Architect

The Barefoot Architect

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THE BAREFOOT ARCHITECT is a book dedicated to helping economically-challenged tropical builders learn how to provide shelter, clean water, electrical energy, and sanitation by using indiginous, low-cost, sustainable building materials.A former UN worker and prominent architect, Johan van Lengen has seen firsthand the desperate need for a qgreenerq approach to housing in impoverished tropical climates. This comprehensive book clearly explains every aspect of this endeavor, includinganbspdesign (siting, orientation, climate consideration), materials (sisal, cactus, bamboo, earth), and implementation. The author emphasizes throughout the book what is inexpensive and sustainable. Included are sections discussing urban planning, small-scale energy production, cleaning and storing drinking water, and dealing with septic waste, and all information is applied to three distinct tropical regions: humid areas, temporate areas, and desert climates. Hundreds of explanatory drawings by vanLengen allow even novice builders to get started.ELECTRICITY For lighting and electricity, a few items are required: A service panel: The main panel is where all the circuits tie into the incoming electrical supply line and ... INSTALLATION All pieces require two wires, one direct and one with a switch. light socket switch light fixture wall outlet pieces wall outlet wall outlet switch for two //grits Only use wiring that is covered with a protective plastic coating.

Title:The Barefoot Architect
Author:Johan van Lengen
Publisher:Shelter Publications, Inc. - 2008


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