Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster


Passive Solar Architecture: Heating Cooling, Ventilation, Daylighting, and More Using Natural Flows, by David A. Bainbridge and Ken Haggard, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011.
Thorough, integrated information on natural ventilation for buildings.

Sun, Wind & Light: Architectural Design Strategies, by G.Z. Brown and Mark DeKay, John Wiley & Sons, 2001.
Great info on natural ventilation for buildings, neighborhoods, and cities.

Design with Climate: Bioclimatic Approach to Architectural Regionalism, by Victor Olgyay, Princeton University Press, 1963.
An excellent book providing design strategies for four distinct climate regions—temperate, cool, hot-arid, hot-humid—to enhance passive heating, cooling, ventilation, daylighting, and more. The chapter on Wind Effects and Air Flow Patterns has some of the best images I’ve seen illustrating air flow as it relates to different building and window orientations, sizes, and arrangements.

The Barefoot Architect: A Handbook for Green Building, by Johan van Lengen, Shelter Publications, 2008.
Good, basic info on natural ventilation of buildings in tropical and temperate climates.

“Shelterbelts,” by O.M. Patten, Small Farmer’s Journal, Winter 1999.
Great tips on how to design shelterbelts of trees that harvest snow drifts to freely irrigate the trees, while keeping other areas snow-drift-free where desired.

Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual, by Bill Mollison, Tagari Publications, 1988.

Climate and Agriculture: An Ecological Survey, by Jen-Hu Chang, Transaction Publishers, 2009.
Great data from around the world on the effectiveness of agricultural shelterbelts in increasing availability of soil moisture for free irrigation, and increasing productivity while reducing wind and heat stress on protected crops.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, William Morrow, 2009.
A wonderful story about how William, a 14-year-old school drop-out from a poor family in Malawi, taught himself from library books how to build a wind turbine primarily out of salvaged junk and locally-available materials such as wooden poles for the tower. At a total cost of US$15, the turbine powered lights, radio, and cell phones. He then went on to build a windmill, again, primarily from salvaged materials, to pump water. There is also a children’s book of this story with the same title.

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The Umbrella: Summer 2019

THE UMBRELLA: A catch-all of resources, events, media, and more from Brad Lancaster   New, full color, revised editions of the award-winning books Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volumes 1 and 2 are now available for order and pre-order!   Buy direct from Brad for big discounts, and to help him fund the creation […]

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