by Carl N. McDaniel, Ph.D. Professor of Biology, Rensselaer Polytecnic Institute
Trail Magic: Creating a Positive Energy Home [PDF]
Paperback: 192 pages
Trail Magic is the story of one family’s success in building an affordable home that runs on sunshine. They succeeded by building a home that produces energy, food and well-being— within the cost of average construction. The story is written by Carl McDaniel, a biologist, who with his wife Mary, and with many colleagues, accomplished what any new home builder can do: build wisely, environmentally and economically, all the while maintaining sanity.
Trail Magic raises the bar of what can be accomplished in new home building: a home for the present and a sustainable future.
Trail Magic is told with humor and frankness, the ups and downs, and ins and outs, of the story of design, construction, and the first several years of living in a new home. It describes conversations with designers, builders, suppliers and the many individuals that are part of a significant accomplishment, a model environ- mental home that any prospective home owner and builder can replicate.