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The Tiny House forum seemed the most general purpose in the "Building" category to post this. Please move as needed.

From west coast builder Hammer & Hand. Presented as web pages.  Although it does not have "Green" in the title, nor in the text, the methods it explains address problems found in any building of any type. The solutions and rules it offers can potentially point out things to watch out for and approaches to avoid future problems.

This is  not a code book. It's a "better do it this way to avoid problems later" reference source. It goes well beyond code but it does not (cannot) cover all types of buildings, installations or materials.

I ran through a few pages. It looks fairly complete and understandable and easily accessed (from the Contents page) for particular types of work. While not a tutorial, it provides  graphic, detailed examples of critical features found in many types of construction.  The materials used will often not be especially "green" or "natural" but much of the logic and physical mechanical details can help when considering the same "features" built with other materials.


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I read that document, it is well written and I belive a great resource for anybody.
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"Best Practices" manuals and tutorials are great and provide a terrific "historical" view of construction methods ... but they do not take into account the rapidly changing world of new materials and tools. Our ThinHaus models of today look like the older models, but are really a completely different. The frame is made of 16ga steel that is crazy strong, crazy light and totally put together with a modern tech screws. There are no nails or wood anywhere. The best place to learn to do that is on YouTube! Some of the tools that we are using are new, too. Cordless hand tools with 60V power has changed how we do things. Even safety has changed with the introduction of light weight, reflective vests and disposable ear plugs that actually work. Bottom line, if you are building something in 2020, you will want to study Google and YouTube. The older manuals are fun, but don't tell a modern story.
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