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The Sustainable House Handbook

How to plan and build an affordable, energy-efficient and waterwise home for the future

Josh Byrne



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Hardie Grant Books
04 September 2020
Industrial: Commercial Art & Design; Self-sufficiency; DIY: general; Home renovation & extension
The Sustainable House Handbook is your comprehensive guide to building an affordable, eco-friendly and energy- plus water-efficient green home for the future. In this book, sustainability expert and Gardening Australia presenter Josh Byrne takes readers through the process of planning a 10-Star rated high-performance home according to the Australian Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS), and outlines how it is possible to build with conventional materials, in an accessible and cost-effective way.

Josh shows how to create a family home that is comfortable year-round, without the need for air conditioning or additional heating, how to integrate solar power to cover household needs, and how to reduce water usage by integrating rainwater tanks and greywater recycling systems. He also discusses how to cleverly incorporate organic food production in the garden while maintaining a highly attractive space that improves health and wellbeing.

Illustrated throughout with photos, plans, charts, diagrams and useful statistics and measurements, The Sustainable House Handbook is an accessible, easy-to-follow resource for anyone planning their dream house, or thinking about how to live more sustainably.
By:   Josh Byrne
Imprint:   Hardie Grant Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 210mm, 
Weight:   650g
ISBN:   9781743795828
ISBN 10:   1743795823
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   04 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dr Josh Byrne is an environmental scientist, gardener, TV presenter, author and academic researcher. Well known for his role as a presenter on ABC's Gardening Australia program, Josh is a Research Fellow at Curtin University's Sustainability Policy Institute, where his research interests span high-performance housing, water-sensitive design and sustainable urban development. He is the author of two popular books on sustainable gardening, including Small Space Organics (published by Hardie Grant), and is a regular contributor to the Gardening Australia Magazine. He has also authored a number of academic book chapters, journal papers and industry guidelines relating to low-carbon living and water-sensitive urban design. Josh holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position with the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales. He is a recipient of Murdoch University's Distinguished Alumni for Science and Engineering, and the Australian Water Association's Western Australian Water Professional of the Year awards. In 2018, he was awarded the Planning Institutes of Australia WA Planning Champion Award for his contribution to planning and urban sustainability. His favourite pastime is gardening.

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