The New Autonomous House: Design and Planning for Sustainability

The New Autonomous House: Design and Planning for Sustainability

by Brenda Vale, Robert Vale
     
 

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"I've seen many books on this subject, but none so well documented and honest."—Whole Earth

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"I've seen many books on this subject, but none so well documented and honest."—Whole Earth

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Whole Earth
I've seen many books on this subject,but none so well documented and honest.
Library Journal
The world's most energy-efficient house, according to the 1999 Guinness Book of Records, was built in 1993 in Southwell, England by the Vales. This book details the planning and construction of this extraordinary dwelling. The Vales's The Autonomous House (LJ 2/1/76) defined a theoretical ideal of a site and structure not dependent on outside sources of power or natural resources. The new book chronicles their efforts to put theory into practice. The text, replete with drawings of and specifications for the building's vital systems, is offered as proof that such homes can meet the aesthetic, practical, and political requirements of residents, neighbors, and local officials. Whereas the 1975 book often alluded to U.S. contributions to sustainable technologies, America's absence from the 2000 narrative is quite conspicuous. Overseas, the authors have earned widespread admiration; this book should bring their ideas wider dissemination stateside. Highly recommended for academic, environmental studies, and technology collections.--David Solt sz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500282878
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Brenda Vale is a professor of architecture at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Her previous books include The New Autonomous House.

Robert Vale is a professor architecture at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. His previous books include The New Autonomous House.

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