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Articles and Books

       1. Books we suggest reading
2. Other articles and sites we suggest reading
3. Articles that featured our work

Books that will help anyone interested in earthen construction for a project or for life work

Natural Remodeling for the Not So Green House - Carol Venolia and Kelly Lerner - Lark Books
The Hand Sculpted House - Evans, Smith, Smiley - Chelsea Green Publishing Co.
Building Green - Clarke Snell and Tim Ballahan - Lark Books
Introduction to Permaculture - Bill Mollison - Tagari
Build Your Own Earth Oven - Kiko Denzer - Hand Print Press

Check these out!

Dirt exposure 'boosts happiness'

The National Green Building Standard, known as ICC-700, was approved on January 29 as an American National Standard.

Capturing Energy with Thermal Mass

The Architecture 2030 Challenge

The Living Building Challenge

How To Choose a Green Architect/Contractor

  Articles that featured our work!

Daily Journal of Commerce - The Business of Building
'Natural builders'take green building one step further

Lindsey O'Brien

SF Gate Home of the San Francisco Chronicle
Houzz Tour: Designed for Harmony with the Land

A beautiful home we installed an earthen floor in.  Sebastopol, Sukita's hometown.
Alison Aves

Daily Journal of Commerce - The Business of Building
"Oregon Tradeswomen make earthen floor
See the slide show of the workshop.  Oregon Tradeswomen Inc., had us install an earthen floor, we did it as an earthen floor installation training workshop.
March, April 2010
Dan Carter

Planet Green Renovation Nation
See the slide show of the 'Locally Grown' episode of Renovation Nation.  Steve Thomas travels to Portland, Oregon, to have a look at the Granger family's renovation, which includes an earthen floor installed by From These Hands.
, 2009
Renovation Nation

The Living Shelter Cafe
Sukita talks about earthen floors on the radio, interview with Terry K. Phelan on The Living Shelter Cafe
This is an MP3 player, it's loud at first!

1/27/09 - Earth-based Finishes for Existing Structures

You can check out other interviews with Terry on her site!

Portland Spaces
"Collectively Green"
Zack Dundas
Feb/Mar 2009

The Oregonian

In a transformed garage, an artist and a writer revive the Italian art of pupperteering

January, 2009
Ruth Mullen

Portland Spaces
"Down Home Dirty Work
Laying an earthen floor is smart for the environment, plus it's soft, warm, and colorful underfoot"

Jackie D'Antonio
May 2008

Oregon Home's Green Living
Greener as they go
June, 2007
J.B. Rabin
Oregon Home's website

The Oregonian
"Structural Integrity
Sustainability expert Mike O'Brien builds his dream house"

17, May 2007
Ruth Mullen

Willamette Week
Sustainable Mud
18, April 2007
Laura Shinn

Portland Tribune
Dig It
23, March 2007
Rebecca Ragin

The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
"New green floor product is actually brown: mud"
28, February 2007
Katie Zemtseff

Portland Business Journal
"Prove your eco-credentials with a nice, new dirt floor "
23, February 2007
Matthew Kish

The New York Times
"Down and Dirty"
9, February 2007
David Gelles
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