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Homes for a Changing Climate: Adapting our homes and communities to cope with the climate of the 21st century Paperback – 15 Oct 2009


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Green Books (15 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900322471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900322478
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,134,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Our climate is changing and this fascinating book offers practical proven examples of how, throughout history, mankind has ingeniously adapted his dwellings to the demands of the climate. --Kevin McCloud, presenter of Grand Designs

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At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the world finally woke up to the reality of climate change and began the arduous task of freeing itself from dependence on fossil fuels. But the time lag in the Earth's ecosystem is such that our best efforts to cut carbon today will make little difference to the changing climate of the next 30 years. As we work towards a secure, low-carbon future, we must also address the changes that are already taking place in the planet's climate. We must learn to live with higher temperatures, intense rainstorms, rising sea levels and prolonged drought. We must also confront the secondary impacts of climate change, especially on energy and food security.
Britain has a mild, temperate climate where occasional weather extremes tend to have serious impacts because we are simply not prepared for them. Yet across the world, communities have been living with such extremes for millennia. If we have the imagination to learn from others and rethink the ways we build and live together, we can face this unsettling future with confidence.
Homes for a Changing Climate celebrates this collective wisdom, exploring traditional and contemporary responses to the challenges of climate and illustrating the many ways in which houses can be designed, built and adapted to cope with these challenges. Examples are drawn from across Europe - from the supervolcano of Thera to the 100mph winds of the Western Isles - and from cutting-edge eco-building projects in Britain. Based on the new climate projections for the UK, published by the Met Office in June 2009, the book combines inspiring case studies, striking photography and practical advice. Homes for a Changing Climate is a book of imagination and hope in uncertain times.

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Filled with specific pointers and tested approaches 19 Oct. 2010
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Deserving of ongoing recommendation is this fine survey on how to design and build homes to cope with ongoing climate change. Traditional and contemporary home designs alike are covered in a fine survey blending case studies with practical advice for coping with storms, floods, drought and more. General lending libraries as well as collections catering to architects and homeowners must have this: it's filled with specific pointers and tested approaches!
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