The New Autonomous House
Brenda and Robert Vale
Thames & Hudson
256 pages

This book summarises the achievement of the Vales, the UK's best practitioners of sustainable architecture, and shows how homes could approach self-sufficiency even on urban plots. Brenda and Robert Vale illustrate what is possible today with a rare mixture of practicality and vision. They offer technical solutions to key issues such as super-insulation, thermal storage and water conservation. If this detailed thinking about a detached house could be added to the current excitement about urban regeneration and higher-density living, we might start achieving more sustainable cities.