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Links to Help You Build a Healthy Home

Designing and building a healthy home has become more complex as the technologies and ideas have expanded. You can choose from recycled building materials, to strawbale, to mud, to rice hulls, to solar systems and gray water to certified sustainable materials. Here is a growing list of sources for house plans that take can help you visualize, plan and build your healthy home.

The Surfin' Strawbale

An irreverent linklist of a wide variety of alternative building resources. You gotta check it out to believe it ;-)

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Aprovech Research Center

Located in Cottage Grove, Oregon, this educational organization offers internships, news, and research feedback about organic gardening, forestry and sustainable living

Aprovecho Research Center

Architectural House Plans

Architectural House Plans offers full construction drawings (which can be up to 26 pages in length!) from award-winning architects, instead of the 5-7 page "stock" floor plans from designers offered by every other provider of home blueprints. Their portfolio includes everything from small home plans, small cabin plans and cottage house plans, to country home plans, log home plans and luxury house plans -- including Solar, Adobe, Prairie Style, and Straw Bale house plans.

Architectural House Plans


50 strawbale and hybrid house plans. Information on straw bale houses, adobe, passive solar, and alternative building materials.

Bale Watch

California Straw Building Association

We’re a non-profit organization whose members are architects, engineers, builders, and people interested in straw building. Our mission is to...further the practice of straw building by exchanging current information and practical experience, promoting and conducting research and testing, and making that body of knowledge available to working professionals and the public at large. Includes a California resource list, FAQ, Registry, Rice Straw Bale information and technical information.

California Straw Building Association

Straw Bale Innovations

Straw Bale Innovations, LLC, the owner of this site, was founded to provide high quality information on all things related to straw bale and natural building techniques. Our mission is to expand the awareness of straw bale construction around the world. We are the publishers of an electronic magazine called "The Straw Bale Innovator", dedicated to keeping you informed of the latest research, techniques, and developments in straw bale construction, and the creators of the How-To Series of Instructional Straw-Bale DVDs.

Building Industry Professionals for Environmental Responsibility (BIPER) is a resource for green building and sustainability articles, products, news and innovative ideas that help architects, builders, facility managers and citizens build, operate and dwell in structures that are energy efficient and environmentally friendly. At you will find products and design ideas for LEED certification, a very through events calendar and the web's most informative green building eNewsletter.

Building Industry Professionals for Environmental Responsibility

EcoIQ Green Design & Building Directory

Links to news, research, publications, and training resources on green design and building.

EcoIQ Green Design & Building Directory

ECOSA Institute

The mission of the Ecosa Institute is to restore health to the natural environment, and thus the human environment, through education in design. It is an educational institute providing undergraduates, graduates, design educators and professionals with an understanding of the impact that design has on the natural and built environment and exposes them to alternative strategies for reducing that impact.

ECOSA Institute

Green Building Pages

Green Building Pages, Inc. is an on-line, sustainable design and decision-making tool for building industry professionals and environmentally and socially responsible consumer. Includes a product database with evaluation criteria, a sustainable design checklist, case studies, and links to websites in many green building categories, including green real estate. Over 400 sustainable design related weblinks and paper-published resources, including conferences & expos, government agencies, LEED-mandating agencies, Professional Trade Organizations, and many more.

Green Building Pages

GreenHomeGuide provides resources including a combination of tips, case studies, expert Q&A articles and regional directories of products and services helps millions of homeowners create homes that make them feel good. It includes directories of local green design and building professionals, product listings with expert and consumer comments, and articles from homeowners and green building leaders. The site is currently focused on the Northern California region, but is expanding to other regions.

Green Home Guide

Healthy Home Plans

A very robust site featuring not only stock house plans, but a directory of architects, good books for planning, and general information to assist your project.

Healthy Home Plans

The Last Straw: The International Journal of Straw Bale and Natural Building

Since 1993, the quarterly journal The Last Straw has been sharing news and developments from around the world about straw-bale construction and natural building. The journal includes diverse articles about projects and up-to-date techniques, written by and about those who design and build with natural materials, research them, live with them—and just plain love them.

The Last Straw

Oikos: Green Building Source

An online bookstore, compilation of news articles, green building products directory, and other useful links and resources on green building.

Oikos: Green Building Source

Strawbale Registry/GreenBuilder: Mortgage Companies Directory

Their site lists mortgage companies that have granted mortgages on straw bale buildings listed in the Registry (sorted by state/province). Strawbale Registry/GreenBuilder

Solar Living Institute

Established in 1998 as a spin-off from Real Goods Trading Company, the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, CA, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization that promotes sustainable living through inspirational environmental education. They offer workshops, a bookstore, publications, internships and festivals.

Solar Living Institute

Sustainable Sources

Green building professionals directory, real estate listings, publications, a calendar of conferences and events, and online discussion groups.

Sustainable Sources

U.S. Green Building Council

The US Green Building Council is working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)Certification program has been driving and defining the market for the ‘green’ construction industry for the past five years in the United States and has recently moved into the globalmarket. It’s LEED Accredited Professionals have grown exponentially, by more than 800%, in the past three years, from 2,443 accredited professionals in 2002, to over 19,700 in 2005.

U.S. Green Building Council

Yestermorrow Design/Build School

Yestermorrow Design/Build School offers over 100 hands-on courses per year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft and offers a variety of courses concentrating in sustainable design. Now in its 25th year, Yestermorrow is one of the only design/build schools in the country, teaching both design and construction skills.


National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

Another powerful building industry association, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), one of the nation’s largest construction trade organizations, with over 220,000members, in January, 2005 introduced the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines, the first green guidelines for U.S. residential construction.

National Association of Home Builders

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