I designed and built my own home using the best green building techniques that I knew of. The home generates 100% of its own electricity from sunlight, uses straw bale walls for insulation, has earth plaster wall finishes, and includes a rainwater cistern. The home does not need an air conditioning system despite summer temperatures that can reach 100 degrees.
Half the fun of the project was documenting the entire construction process from start to finish. This would permit others to learn from my experience. The project became a DVD video and book called "Building With Awareness". Most of the video was shot on DV. The letterbox sequences were shot on super-16 mm film. 80 hours of film and video were cut down to under 3 hours. You can learn more about the home on my website at