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ZEDlife: How to build a low-carbon society today

Bill Dunster

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 208

  • Publisher: RIBA Publishing

  • Date Published: Jan 2018

  • Stock Code: 88001

  • ISBN: 9781859469996

  • Binding: Paperback

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In his seminal new book, Bill Dunster demonstrates that zero-carbon, zero-waste design doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag, and is achievable today. ZEDlife offers practical ideas, technologies and master planning proposals for both new build and retrofit, and illustrates how different combinations of architecture, technology and engineering can address the current scarcity of natural capital, and produce net improvements to overall quality of life.

This book shows how to design a lifestyle, as well as the infrastructure that supports it. Expansive in scope, ZEDlife first outlines small-scale ideas to improve elements of design such as shelter and lighting through renewable sources, before building up to explore the big ideas in largescale zero carbon solutions in buildings and across cities. An antidote to dry checklist-driven environmental strategies, this book demonstrates in a practical, positive way this clean, green and equitable future is within reach, and worth working towards. Through case-studies of projects across the globe, ZEDlife presents a range of tools that form possible key ingredients in a low carbon society.

The argument for low-cost, zero-energy, zero-waste architecture has never been timelier, and yet there is a common perception that sustainable design elements must be sacrificed in order to keep project costs down. ZEDlife offers a robust challenge to this by illustrating how it is possible to work towards a zero carbon/zero-waste model even within these parameters.

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