Earthships: building a zero carbon future

"I salute this survey of the experimental and the innovative, of ‘first adopters' and adventurers who inform the wider world with their exploits. They are the heroes of the construction world and this book is a fitting tribute." - Kevin McCloud

There is an urgent need for radical and widespread change in construction that not only concentrates on cutting carbon emissions and leaving a positive building legacy for generations to come, but that also demonstrates an increased harmony with the natural world. Earthships - Building a Zero Carbon Future for Homes, shows how earthships provide valuable lessons on how to achieve all of these goals.

Architecture is changing rapidly as climate change is more widely understood to be a pressing issue and the need to cut carbon emissions in buildings increases. The earthship is a building concept that has evolved over the last 30 years and represents a pioneering form of zero carbon residential building that tackles a variety of sustainability issues.

The book charts the building of the first earthships in the UK, with particular reference to Earthship Brighton and their relevance to home building and architecture generally. It offers lessons about sustainable architecture and about the legislative and regulatory culture that affects their construction by looking at energy, water, building with waste, and construction methods, and assessing the future of these buildings.

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