Reading List

Here’s my green reading list for inspiration & learning (click on the pictures to read the articles & manuals):



La maison écolo abordable, mythe ou réalité? Louise Bourget et André Fauteux, La Maison du 21e siècle, spring 2010.

This article presents many techniques and materials that are better for the environment AND cheaper to implement. Because of its generous number of references from recycled products to bio-builders, I’ll be referring back to it many times during the progression of our project.



Quand l’écologie influence nos finance$. Stéphane Gagné, La Maison Saine, winter 2009.

A wealth of information on financing an alternative house in Quebec. Concise & to the point, it saved me a lot of research on my own.






Americans with Disabilities Act & Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines. United States Access Board, July 23, 2004.

These guidelines have no legal weight but are required to be met within the 17th Incentive of the Living Building Challenge: Democracy + Social Justice. For a residential dwelling unit of less than 3000 square feet per floor like ours, there are many exceptions that make this feasible (for example, no elevator is required between floors).



LEED Canada for Homes 2009. Canada Green Building Council, 2009.

My reference manual for all the aspects of the program. I like using the categories to structure my ideas & strategies.





A Visionary Path to a Restorative FutureInternational Living Building Challenge 2.0 International Living Building Institute. April 2010.

This new standard challenged me to go beyond what our society has already achieved and be a positive change innovator.



Les Pages Vertes ECOhabitation. Guide et Annuaire, édition 2011.

My local resource of materials, professionals and information about green building. These green pages are invaluable!






A Pattern Language. Towns, Buildings, Construction. Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, & Murray Silverstein with Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King, & Solomo Angel, 1977.

A great resource for choosing a neighbourhood, designing a house and finishing it with nurturing and rich details.




Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life. Stephen R. Kellert, Judith Heerwagen, & Martin Mador, 2008.

This book brings a “paradign shift” into architecture and how to incorporate nature into our everyday lives. I love it!




Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies. Eric Corey Freed, 2007.

I am impressed by the scope of information covered as well as the great freedom the author leaves to the reader for making her own informed choices. I am grateful for all the details and explanations on everything green about a home, from the architect to the light bulbs!


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