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Author Boye, Alan, 1950- author

Title Sustainable compromises : a yurt, a straw bale house, and ecological living / Alan Boye
Published Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Series Our sustainable future
Our sustainable future.
Contents What I Lived For -- Sustainable Compromises -- Where I Live -- Water -- Design -- Foundations -- El Sol -- Economics -- The Beautiful Tree and Other Disasters -- The Amoeba -- The Straw That Broke The -- Finances -- Collaboration -- Artifacts -- Solitude -- Visitors -- Thick Skin in a Winter of Discontent -- Spring -- Higher Laws -- Postscript: Mistakes Were Made
Summary "An account of Boye's experiences building and occupying alternative, sustainable houses"-- Provided by publisher
"Living simply isn't always simple. When Alan Boye first lived in sustainable housing, he was young, idealistic, and not much susceptible to compromise--until rattlesnakes, black widow spiders, and loneliness drove him out of the utilities-free yurt he'd built in New Mexico. Thirty-five years later, he decided to try again. This time, with an idealism tempered by experience and practical considerations, Boye and his wife constructed an off-the-grid, energy-efficient, straw bale house in Vermont. Sustainable Compromises chronicles these two remarkable attempts to live simply in two disparate American eras. Writing with hard-won authority and humor, Boye takes up the 'how-to' practicalities of 'building green, ' from finances to nuts and bolts to strains on friends and family. With Walden as a historical and philosophical touchstone and his own experience as a practical guide, he also explores the ethical and environmental concerns that have framed such undertakings from Thoreau's day to our own. A firsthand account of the pleasures and pitfalls of living simply, his book is a deeply informed and engaging reflection on what sustainability really means--in personal, communal, ethical, and environmental terms"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Boye, Alan, 1950- -- Homes and haunts -- Vermont.
Ecological houses -- Design and construction.
Ecological houses -- Vermont.
Sustainability -- Philosophy.
Sustainable living -- Vermont.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0803265018 (electronic bk.)
0803265026 (electronic bk.)
9780803265011 (electronic bk.)
9780803265028 (electronic bk.)