Basics of Permaculture Design

This text discusses how permaculture designs are performed. It leads you through the designing process by providing heaps of information about soils, aquaculture, basic tools of the designer, water harvesting strategies, general principles, appropriate technology, communities and designing for urban and rural properties. The Basics of Permaculture Design contains a special chapter on schools and also shows you how to choose a property that best suits your needs.

Ross Mars170 pp. ISBN 0-9587626-1-9
AUS $ 27.95.

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Getting Started in Permaculture

Getting Started in Permaculture is a book of practical activities which shows you how to build and design productive gardens. It outlines the step-by-step procedures for making herb fertilisers, compost, organic sprays for pest control and much, much more. The book also discusses how to recycle your soft drink bottles, waste paper and tyres in a number of useful projects such as ponds, fruit fly traps, retaining walls and solar stills.

Ross and Jenny Mars ISBN 0-646-20090-9, 100 pages
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How to Permaculture Your Life

front coverback coverpg12 pg184Strategies, skills and techniques for the transition to a greener world.

Ross Mars (Author) and Simone Willis (Illustrator).  210 pages.

 rr AUS $29.95. $30 posted Australia or $40 posted anywhere in the world (from our on-line shop)

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Passive Solar Design of Buildings [DVD]

The sun’s energy is free. If we could efficiently collect, store, distribute and control this energy, much of the heating and cooling costs in our homes would be reduced. The design of a passive solar home utilises the sun’s energy to provide free winter heating and reduced heat absorption in summer. Passive solar means that the sun’s energy can be used to heat and cool a house without the need for pumps and fans to keep us warm or cool. In effect, in your own home you never have to say that you are “freezing” or “roasting”. What’s more, a climate sensible home saves you money, saves the environment and reduces the production of carbon dioxide and other gases which contribute to the greenhouse effect.

The message of Passive Solar Design of Buildings is simple “We can reduce our consumption of fossil fuels, the production of greenhouse gases and the depletion of our precious resources. We can make a difference”. Through computer animations, interviews and actual footage of passive solar houses, the principles of energy efficient building design are thoroughly discussed and illustrated.

Produced and written for secondary school children and tertiary students, the video is also relevant to the general public, libraries, local government bodies, architects and town planners, and builders throughout Australia and New Zealand. Specific educational objectives are linked to the Student Outcome Statements which are stated in the Teacher Resource Notes, available free to schools.

Ross Mars. ISBN -9587626-4-3. Rated G 23 mins.
AUS $15 + $ 4.95 P&H
(total $ 19.95)

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RAPS – Remote Area Power Supply [DVD]

RAPS – Remote Area Power Supply is an educational video which explores the use of renewable energy to produce electricity for rural areas and remote communities. RAPS systems can provide a low operating cost, low maintenance and environmentally-friendly solution to the energy needs of families in these areas.

Australians and New Zealanders are well placed to exploit free renewable sources of energy because of the abundance of solar and wind energy, and for some, abundant running water. Using renewable energy sources will reduce pollution and help to conserve our limited resources.

A successful implementation of a RAPS system depends on developing a system design that meets both your energy requirements and lifestyle. In addition, the cost of installing RAPS may be far less than a connection to a grid supply that may be kilometres away. All of this ultimately results in a healthier world and healthier people.

The components of RAPS systems are usually grouped into three categories, each are discussed in turn.

– Energy Production- photovoltaic modules, wind generators, micro-hydro, hybrid systems.

– Energy Storage- batteries (wet cell, gel cell, and Nicad).

– Energy Conversion and Control- DC and AC systems, invertors, regulators and monitoring equipment.

Through computer animations, interviews and actual footage of RAPS systems, the use of solar, wind and water energies needed to generate electricity is discussed and illustrated. The general maintenance requirements of a RAPS system, educational opportunities and facilities are also covered. The message is simple “We can reduce our consumption of fossil fuels, the production of greenhouse gasses and the depletion of our precious resources. We can make a difference.

Produced and written for secondary school children and tertiary students, the video is also relevant to the general public, libraries, local government bodies, architects and town planners, and builders throughout Australia and New Zealand. Specific educational objectives are linked to the Student Outcome Statements which are stated in the Teacher Resource Notes, available free to schools.

Ross Mars. ISBN -9587626-4-3. Rated G 28 mins.
AUS $ 15 + $ 4.95 P&H (total $ 19.95)

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