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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; New edition edition (13 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780500282878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500282878
  • ASIN: 0500282870
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Sept. 2000
Format: Hardcover
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By alex g on 16 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judith M on 16 July 2010
Format: Paperback
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.
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57 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Sept. 2000
Format: Hardcover
After wading through the rather tedious discussion at the beginning of the book about what constitues 'autonomous', I was hoping for an interesting and informative adventure of a family building an eco-friendly house in the UK.
Unfortunately the book is not very informative and certainly not interesting. This book is a textbook - it reminded me of the economics textbooks I had at university - full of charts and tables of things that are frankly, not of much interest in a practical sense. The authors fail to demonstrate any sense of humour, and the badly done line drawings that substitute for photographs are poor to the level of being pointless.
The authors obviously know their facts and figures, but to me they just fail to put them across in a way that makes it of any interest to the reader. I'm sure there are nuggets of really helpful information in there, I just can't get enough enthusiasm after a page or two of techo-babble to stick with it to find them. Great if you're about to sit a 3-hour exam on the meaning of 'autonomous', rather less useful if you're wondering how to build a low-energy home.
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