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Climate Change Needs Housing Change

Derek Wrigley

Published by Nature and Society Forum 2007
$15.00

The book

Climate Change Needs Housing Change exposes today's housing practices that are contributing to tomorrow's climate change. It demonstrates how Australian housing is unsuitable for the 21st century.

Houses which rely on fossil fuels have no place in Australia’s future. Houses for the future cannot continue to be the same as in the past.

This book challenges the Australian housing industry to rethink its values in a rapidly changing world.

Why is ineffective design continuing? And why is it approved? What needs to change?

The book also includes a suggestion for a low energy, self reliant house. The booklet is the basis of NSF's Climate Friendly Housing project.

Intended audience

Urban planners, estate developers, regulators, legislators, landscape designers, builders, designers, architects, interior designers, materials and component manufacturers and suppliers, energy suppliers, solar technology manufacturers, lending institutions, real estate agents, educators in all these areas – and house buyers who needlessly pay and pay for gas and electricity to compensate for bad design – houses that get too hot in summer and too cold in winter.

From the back cover

Nature and Society Forum's international membership has been active for 15 years on energy issues and their impacts on the environment, society and human health. We are delighted to publish Derek Wrigley’s contribution to self-reliant housing for all who live in the cooler areas of Australia - because energy-efficient housing is also affordable housing.

Healthy Australians need a healthy environment. Low energy, self-reliant housing can make major contributions to both as low running-cost dwellings can benefit the families who live in them through very large energy savings over the lifetimes of their houses while also reducing pollution.

In this booklet we throw out a challenge to municipal regulators, urban planners, architects and housing designers (and those who teach them), developers, builders and - most importantly - to Australian house buyers. The challenge is to develop sensible housing in well-planned Australian urban environments. This booklet shows that there are many benefits from using natural resources which are fully consistent with Nature and Society Forum's vision of 'Healthy People on a Healthy Planet.'

Brendan Mackey, Chair, Nature and Society Forum

20 pages, 12 photographs, 2 figures, 3 detailed plans (all in colour). ISBN 0 9585674 6 8

The author

Derek Wrigley qualified as an architect in 1945 and has written and presented papers on architectural responses to global warming and climate change. He has designed, built and lived in five solar passive houses since 1948 and in semi-retirement retrofitted an existing home in the ACT which led to his best-selling book Making Your Home Sustainable in 2003. Derek has been an active member of the Nature and Society Forum since its founding in 1992.

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