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The Zero-Carbon House

Martin Godfrey Cook

  • Format: Book

  • Publisher: Crowood Press

  • Date Published: Jul 2011

  • Stock Code: 74695

  • ISBN: 9781847972620

  • Binding: Hardback

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Zero carbon is an abstract concept for most people, but we have lived energy-profligate lifestyles for too long on finite fossil fuel resources. We now face potential environmental catastrophe from climate change and global warming, with a continuing expotentially expanding global population that doubles every four decades. The capacity of the planet to reabsorb carbon dioxide is about two to three tonnes of carbon equivalent per person at current population levels of seven billion, and therefore there is a desperate need for us to reduce our carbon footprint. One way of helping to achieve this is to live in a zero-carbon house, and this will become a legal requirement in the UK for new homes by 2016.

This fascinating book covers all aspects of the zero-carbon house, from its evolution to achieving carbon neutrality in old and new homes as well as entire communities. The first chapter provides an overview of zero carbon and how to achieve it on a global scale, while the final chapter provides inspirational examples of low-carbon lifestyles. Chapters 3 and 4 deal with existing and new zero-carbon houses, and chapter 6 covers communities of zero-carbon houses, which are clearly an essential aim to release economies of scale in our efforts to reduce our impact on the planet. Earthships are given their own chapter as an inspirational story of one man's quest to forge an architectural solution to sustainable living, resulting in a tried and tested solution - building using the waste of a consumer society.

About the Author

Martin Godfrey Cook

Martin Godfrey Cook, MPhil (Cantab), RIBA, is a chartered architect, conservationist and historian with three decades of experience in the international property and construction industries. He has advocated energy efficiency, conservation and sustainability in existing buildings, and designed new environmentally-friendly buildings since the last energy crisis in the 1970s. He was appointed to the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment's (CABE) Design Review panel in 2007, and is a founder member of the RIBA's Sustainable Futures Committee and the Urban Land Institute's European Sustainable Development Council. Resident - Watford

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