The New Autonomous House: Design and Planning for Sustainability
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Contains a simple but revolutionary message that it is possible to live in a home which is inexpensive, kind to the planet, and which liberates its owner from utility bills.
About the Author
Brenda Vale is Professor of Architectural Technology and Director of the Sustainable Design Research Centre at the University of Auckland, where Robert Vale is a Research Fellow. They are the authors of Green Architecture, also published by Thames & Hudson, and the architects behind Hockerton Housing Project.
excellent guide to the minutae of sustainable construction
I bought this book after reading a review in a Sunday paper. I had watched several recent programmes about “green” housebuilding and found them very superficial.
By contrast, this book has carefully considered all of the key elements with an honest evaluation of the pros and cons of different options.
As a “non-architect” I was fascinated to learn about the principles of thermal mass and the different ways of buffering supplies of heat, water and power.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in environmental issues, particularly anyone thinking about refurbishments or new build.
a fantastic inspiration
By alex g
This book single-handedly inspired me into a long adventure, self designing then self building my own autonomous house, in which we now live. The book is a fantastic inspiration to anyone interested in the whole eco-house subject. Thorough and well written, full of fact, detail and debate; technical, scientific but readable. I recommend buying it; seeing where it takes you!
The New Autonomous House
By Judith M
This is an interesting account of how to design a house so as to be able to live in a more environmentally friendly way. It is written by two academics so it is written in a rather formal style.