Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster

Publications

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.

Drops in a Bucket Blog

 »Read all blog posts...

Sign up for the Newsletter



Upcoming Events

  1. 24th Annual Dunbar/Spring Neighborhood Rain, Tree, & Food Forest Planting January, 2020 – Tucson, AZ

    January 18 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. Water Harvesting Presentation, Book Release & Signing with Brad Lancaster – Phoenix, AZ

    January 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  3. Borderlands Regional Watershed Restoration Practitioners Workshop

    February 8 - February 9
  4. Spring 2020 – Permaculture Design Course, Tucson, AZ

    February 8
  5. Online Water Harvesting Course Through Oregon State University

    February 10 - March 15


Umbrella Newsletter

The Umbrella: Winter 2019/2020

THE UMBRELLA: A catch-all of resources, events, media, and more from Brad Lancaster   Rain Planting E-BOOK now available! Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 1, 3rd Edition now available in E-BOOK format Plant the Rain gifts Get holidays gifts that spread the word and practice on how we can make the world a […]

 »Read all newsletters...

Like what this website offers?

Donations are greatly appreciated as they enable us to continuously update this expansive resource and generate new content. Thanks!