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The New Autonomous House : Design and Planning for Sustainability - Brenda Vale

The New Autonomous House

Design and Planning for Sustainability

Paperback Published: 1st August 2002
ISBN: 9780500282878
Number Of Pages: 256

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In 1975 Brenda and Robert Vale published The Autonomous House, a manifesto offering down-to-earth suggestions for building homes that do not pollute the earth or squander its resources. Their book received tremendous praise around the world and was seen as a significant move toward green architecture. Nearly twenty years later, in the early 1990s, the Vales decided to turn their groundbreaking ideas into reality.

The New Autonomous House records their building of a house on the principles of sustainable resources in the small town of Southwell in the British Midlands. As specialists in green architecture, the Vales sought to create an environmentally friendly four-bedroom house that was neither exotic in appearance nor difficult to maintain. They document the philosophy, design, and construction of a building that can produce power from the sun and obtain drinking water from the rain.

The New Autonomous House has a simple but revolutionary message: It is possible to live in an inexpensive house that is kind to the planet and liberates its owner from utility bills. The Vales provide a thought-provoking, practical solution to the environmental problems caused by the houses in which we live, a blueprint of green architecture for future generations.

'For anyone interested in sustainable design, 'The New Autonomous House' will be indispensable' - Architecture Today
'Thorough and detailed' - Building Services Journal
'The bible of self-build' - The Architects' Journal

Prefacep. 6
Definitions and Introduction to the Problemsp. 8
Definitionsp. 8
Introduction to the problemsp. 11
The future for buildingsp. 16
The Philosophical and Technical Backgroundp. 18
The environmental movementp. 18
Alternative technologyp. 21
Utopias--technology and societyp. 22
Technologies and societiesp. 34
Appropriate targetsp. 35
Conclusion: the alternative-technology approachp. 41
The Autonomous House as Builtp. 42
Introductionp. 42
Why a house?p. 43
The sitep. 46
The housep. 50
Theoretical Analysis of the Technical Optionsp. 67
A methodology for designp. 67
Structurep. 67
Building enclosurep. 86
Servicesp. 104
The Technical Options Implementedp. 140
Saving energyp. 140
Structurep. 141
Building enclosurep. 162
Servicesp. 172
Conclusionsp. 190
Performance in Usep. 191
The performance of the fabricp. 191
Ventilationp. 195
Space heatingp. 196
Waste and waterp. 212
Costp. 228
Conclusionsp. 229
Further researchp. 231
Conclusionsp. 233
Appendicesp. 239
Notesp. 246
Indexp. 255
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ISBN: 9780500282878
ISBN-10: 0500282870
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st August 2002
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 17.78  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition