Sustainable housing has come a long way since this book’s first edition in 1998. Even the term “sustainable” was considered a bit free-spirit-flower-child back then. But today, there is a genuine interest among new home owners and renovators. Michael Mobbs has become a quasi-champion of the sustainable house, having created his own in Sydney in 1996. Here he provides a manual informing others how they can implement sustainable water supply, energy and waste systems, as well as work with builders, councils and engineers. While it is a DIY guide, this book is also a call to action, an example of how to create a home that works like any other, but is accountable for its environmental impact.
By Michael Mobbs (Choice Books, 2010), 288 pp, rrp $45.00.