The New Autonomous House

Design and Planning for Sustainability


A blueprint for sustainable architecture: documents how two of the world’s leading green architects turned their groundbreaking theories into reality

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Brenda and Robert Vale, Robert Vale


The New Autonomous House has a simple but revolutionary message – that it is possible to live in a home which is inexpensive, kind to the planet, and which liberates its owner from utility bills.

Brenda and Robert Vale, who have been at the forefront of green architecture for nearly thirty years, record the building of their house based on the principles of sustainable resources. They document the philosophy, design and construction of a building without mains water or sewerage, but with the means to produce power from the sun, and the facilities to collect drinking water from the rain.

This is a thought-provoking yet practical solution to the environmental problems caused by the houses in which we live. It is a blueprint of green architecture for future generations.

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Weight 605 g
Dimensions 16.4 x 23.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 August 2002
Number of pages 256
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 16.4 x 23.5 cm
Weight 605 g


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Brenda and Robert Vale are both professors in the School of Architecture at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. They are the authors of The Autonomous House, Green Architecture, The New Autonomous House and Time to Eat the Dog?, all published by Thames & Hudson.