Tom C. : A good question would be 'Where do you live?'' I Would start with Rob Roy's Books because I've met the man personally and have been to his workshops !
Any of his books would be good reading for a man thinking about building a home, . You can always drop him a short note here, or at the Permies Forum/thread 'green buildings'
For the Craft ! Big Al
Success has a Thousand Fathers , Failure is an Orphan
LOOK AT THE " SIMILAR THREADS " BELOW !
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