First heard about this book from my friend Pompet, who says it’s his bible in building sustainable homes in Palawan.
The author, Johan van Lengen, founded the Bio-architecture and Intuitive Technology (TIBA) School in the Mata Atlantica (coastal jungle) of Brazil. The book is easy to follow, very practical but comprehensive, with sustainable design guides and zoning plans for communities (not just individual houses).
The reference page at the back has this Old Chinese saying:
When a king dies, his people say: “He did this; he did that…”
But when a great king dies, they say: “We did everything ourselves.”
Wow. Hope to use its ideas eventually as I bring to life my dream of an eco village, but also now, on a smaller scale, as I get started on building my first home! So exciting.
Other pegs for a green home from modresdes.com:
Special thanks to my good friend, Marns, for the book!