The New Autonomous House
Design and Planning for Sustainability
- ISBN 9780500282878
- 23.50 x 16.40 cm
- with 37 drawings
- First published 2002
‘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
The New Autonomous House has 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.
Brenda and Robert Vale, who have been at the forefront of green architecture for nearly thirty years, record the building of their house based on the principles of sustainable resources. They document the philosophy, design and construction of a building without mains water or sewerage, but with the means to produce power from the sun, and the facilities to collect drinking water from the rain.
This is a thought-provoking yet practical solution to the environmental problems caused by the houses in which we live. It is a blueprint of green architecture for future generations.