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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
These two books are the perfect starting place to help you get to grips with one of the most vitally important aspects of our society - our homes and living environment.

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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2019
     
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    +1 from me. I think it's a great idea and the first round seems to be bearing fruit already. Not quite the career move for me but can definitely see the appeal.

    Any recommendations for others though on how to translate green ambitions into enforceable planning conditions etc. Perhaps conditions is the wrong mechanism - should think on a bigger scale...

    There seems to be a whole industry in 'satisfying' planning conditions by whacking on some PV rather than setting appropriate envelope targets. Difficult to do through policy though I think as the law is a blunt instrument and one not suited to individual plots of land.
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2019
     
    Don't know about immediate, but the endpoint must be that every piece of infrastructure, every house, indeed every piece of engineering, every product, every food item must be seen as an urgent/emergency design opportunity to not merely reduce or zero human's' ecological devastations, but to actively, ingeniously intervene to accelerate nature's natural long-term ability to repair same.

    We (humans and all living things) haven't got 1,000s or 10,000s of years to wait while that happens - we need urgent, radical reversal of tipping-points in 10s or 100s of years.

    No one should say that humans should just cease all their activities and impacts, let nature begin its task - i.e. basically we cease to exist! Not only is that a non-starter, but all our energy and ingenious activity has just the potential to clean up the mess we've made, at a nature-accelerated rate, just as our damage phase accelerated (is still accelerating).

    All it will take, apart from popular and political will, which history teaches can transform overnight, is massive strides in the science of ecology - subtle understanding on a huge scale which is only just begun.

    The amazing, radical bestseller 'Wilding: The return of nature to a British farm'
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wilding-return-nature-British-farm/dp/1509805095/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=wilding&qid=1559630779&s=gateway&sr=8-1
    is not proposed as a solution - get ourselves out of the way and let nature take its course - but as an experiment which has already turned ecological science and understanding on its head, sparked quite a war in those circles.

    What is needed is not less, but more, and better, human intervention in world ecology aka nature. So that is the long-view task of greenies joining any progressive/catalyst organisation. Off we go then!
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