Green Home Building and Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable architecture is an exciting and important field, with many people reviving traditional methods of building and others creating innovations to established practices. Kelly Hart, webmaster of the popular website www.greenhomebuilding.com, posts text and photos featuring what he discovers from around the world.

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Kelly Hart has been involved with green building concepts for much of his life. He has also worked in various fields of communication media, including still photography, cinematography, animation, video production and now website development. Kelly has lived in an earthbag/papercrete home that he built and consults about sustainable building design.

June 18, 2005

An Excellent On-line Manual of Sustainable Architecture

I just discovered one of the bests websites I have seen about sustainable architecture...and it is sponsored by a government! www.greenhouse.gov.au/yourhome is a joint initiative of the Australian Government and Australian design and construction industries. They describe this site as "a suite of consumer and technical guide materials and tools developed to encourage the design, construction or renovation of homes to be comfortable, healthy and more environmentally sustainable."

There are two main on-line packages available here: A Consumer Guide and a Technical Manual, which can either be read on-line or downloaded as PDF files. The Consumer Guide features an introduction to good design, guidelines for choosing a place to live, points to consider in either designing or purchasing a home, furnishing the home efficiently and how to help the environment while doing all of this.

The Technical Manual goes further into the nitty gritty of good passive solar design, water use, material use, energy use, and site impacts. There is even a section with lots of case studies of various houses to study. Within the section about materials you can find chapters about embodied energy, rammed earth, adobe, and strawbale.

I heartily recommend taking a look at this fine introduction to sustainable architecture.

1 Comments:

Blogger Tarn said...

Yes this is a great resource, but just remember that the orientations are going to be opposite for anyone in the northern hemisphere -- whenever they say northern, it's southern for us, and vice versa!

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