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Australia’s Premier Handbook on Sustainable Homes Design

Posted in Research, Visions by sashashtargot on May 9th, 2011

From the Passive Design Section: Solar shading in Summer and heating in Winter using trees or eaves.

The updated fourth edition of Your Home Technical Manual is now available.

Your Home is a thorough compendium with 340 pages of environmentally sustainable solutions for designing and building a home.  For people who are building, buying or renovating, it shows how to make a more comfortable home that has less impact on the environment – one that will also be more economical, healthier to live in and adaptable to changing needs.

A project of the Federal Government in collaboration with the building and design industry, Your Home is written by architects, designers and builders and edited by award-winning architect Paul Downton. The fourth edition has updates on insulation, lighting and solar hot water.

Your Home is a comprehensive guide to:

  • Building with sustainable materials
  • Passive solar design
  • Designing and building for your climate
  • How to collect and save water
  • Insulation products and installation
  • Shading and ventilation
  • Energy-saving appliances
  • Solar hot water
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Renewable energy for home

The manual is available for download (section by section) from the website.  Hard copies are available for purchase from The Alternative Technology Association’s Online Shop or contact the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) on (03) 9631 5401.

Your Home Technical Manual is distributed by the ATA, Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisation promoting renewable energy, green building and water saving in the home.





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