The Complete Step-by-Step Guide by BC-based New Society Publishers is a fully illustrated 144-page guide to all aspects of design, material specification, construction, detailing, maintenance, and code compliance of cordwood building - log-ends set in insulated mortar for an economical, low-impact building method proven in centuries-old buildings. Ideal for both the DIYer and professional builder alike.





Toward a Culture of Wood Architecture

Softcover, 144 pages  $39,95
Written over several years by architect [and SABMag editor] Jim Taggart, FRAIC, the new book, Toward a Culture of Wood Architecture, reviews our wood building heritage, moves into a helpful discussion of how building codes have regarded wood construction and what lies in store in light of technology and new product introductions, and then offers a pleasing journey through recent wood buildings under the themes of aboriginal and regional influences. The chapter on climate change neatly summarizes the role of wood in carbon storage and embodied energy.



The work of Fast + EPP

Symphony of Structure - The work of Fast + Epp

Softcover, 112 pages, 8-1/2 in. x 8-1/2 in. $24,95
Janam Publications, publisher of SABMag and SAB Homes, has jointly published Symphony of Structure with the firm of Fast + Epp structural engineers to display some of the most creative structural engineering practiced in Canada over the 25-year history of the firm.
The book covers 25 projects using short, descriptive text, numerous colour photos, and drawings of the most significant details.  Fast + Epp regularly works with prominent architects such as Bing Thom and Peter Busby, and is acknowledged informally as contributing to the architectural profession. In fact, it was invited to exhibit its work alongside that of eminent Canadian architects in the 2008 ‘Vancouverism’ exhibition at Canada House in London, England.
From the point of view of green building, the firm favours exposed structure with limited finishes and hybrid constructions of wood, concrete and steel that maximize the qualities of each. Written by SABMag editor Jim Taggart, FRAIC, together with Fast + Epp Principals Paul Fast and Gerald Epp, Symphony of Structure is an exciting presentation of the firm’s award-winning work and a strong reference for structural design fully merged with architecture. 112 pages, soft cover,  
ISBN 978-0-9739122-6-5 $24.95 plus taxes and shipping. Order at, or call 1-800-520-6281, x304




one of Canada's most eminent sustainable design architects, describes what he has learned
about green building through case study examples of some of his most prominent projects.
A must-have reference at an affordable price.


Softcover, 141 pages, 8-1/2 in. x 8-1/2 in. $24,95
Janam Publications Inc., publisher of SABMag, has teamed up with Busby, Perkins + Will to publish Busby: Learning Sustainable Design.
The book is a retrospective of Peter Busby’s experience and pioneering work in the area of sustainable design over the past 20 years. The main body of the book consists of 12 of the firm’s projects spanning the years 1994 to 2004. As a body, the projects trace an advancing level of sophistication in the application of sustainable design. Thorough text, strong photography, and beautifully produced drawings communicate a complete understanding of each project, some of which many readers will recognize.
Through example and inspiration, Busby: Learning Sustainable Design, gives practical examples of how sustainable design is being practiced and where it may be heading from the perspective of one of its leading proponents.