Building With Awareness

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The Building With Awareness DVD is now available as a DVD/book combination in the book section of Amazon (same title, with 152-pages and over 400 full-color photographs and diagrams. Even if you've read all the books, it can still seem daunting to jump into the construction process of building your own straw bale home. What is it like and what can you do yourself? This inspiring video shows you the entire process, step-by-step, from start to finish. You will have a front-row seat on the work site, learning from the experts as they notch and stack the bales and mix the mud. Building With Awareness; will give you a solid understanding of the structure as a whole and how everything works together–positioning windows, why certain materials were chosen, and how solar energy can be used to heat, cool, and power your home. By breaking the construction into separate steps–each one flowing into the next–the process becomes easy to understand. Topics include post-and-beam straw bale wall construction, interior adobe thermal mass walls for improved efficiency, rainwater cisterns, earth-plaster techniques, wiring for straw bale, photovoltaic systems, how to achieve energy efficiency and aesthetics from the same materials, and much more. This beautifully presented DVD will inspire you to create an environment that is a pleasure to live in. Finally, there is a video for the rest of us who need to see the process in order to fully understand it. This DVD includes a full-color, 8-page quick-reference booklet with a floor plan of the home, plus a 16-minute narrated slide show of construction details. A second audio track, that doubles the design and construction information to over 5 hours, covers the pros and cons of various materials, construction costs, and the experience of building your own home. Awards: 3 Telly Awards for Outstanding Multimedia DVD, Editing, and Graphics. This DVD will play in all country regions with an NTSC-compatible player.

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“Owens not only knows his subject well, but also knows how to present it in a way that will capture his audience . . .” –The Washington Post

“A thorough and thoroughly thought-out case study, the book and DVD combine empowering how-to information with an inside view to the decision making Owens went through as he built his Corrales, New Mexico, home.” –SuCasa Magazine Review, Winter 2008

The video shows how a relatively simple design can be turned into a beautiful home using techniques anyone can learn. –HE LAST STRAW, International Journal of Straw Bale & Natural Building, issue #50

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About the Actor

Director Ted Owens is a green-building consultant and an award-winning filmmaker. He has lectured on sustainable design to various organizations, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA). His educational multi-media work about sustainable design has been featured in national museums, including The California Museum of Science and Industry and the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. Ted is the owner of Syncronos Design, Inc, a company that promotes the use of green technology and sustainable design.

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