Dec 31, 2002 - The Australian Earth Building Handbook, 008, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Standards Australia has just released The Australian Earth Building Handbook. This handbook sets out principles of accepted good practice and recommended.
IT is now 23 years 3 editions and nearly 10,000 copies sold since the first edition of Australian Earth Covered Building appeared on the market published by the University of NSW Press. As of this latest edition in 2009, a number of things are now obvious compared to the inital edition in 1985: 1. How far we had come in some areas; 2. How little things had changed in others; and 3. How many of the warnings of imminent dire environmental impacts have now come to pass.
The challenge is for us all is to find, cultivate and/ or develop both impact reducing and restorative technologies and actions which can positively change buildings to be part of the solution by becoming absorbers of carbon. If in the past, a material such as concrete has been a major greenhouse emitter, why not change it into a carbon solution by altering the underlying technology so it becomes a carbon 'sink' technology, e.g., Magnesia based cements that actually absorb and bind in carbon dioxide when they cure. Why not change the sterile heat islands affecting the buildings and roofscapes of our cities and towns into green, verdant, biodiversity restoring surfaces that reduce heat-island effects as well as energy consumption, purify water, create oxygen and bring us again closer to nature.
A new generation of earth-covered and green-roof buildings is indeed part of the solution. Earth Covered and Green Roof buildings.done properly.are a significant part of the solution to making cities and the built environment in general, more biodiverse, healthy, sustainable and more importantly one of the few ways construction can create the potential to be positive development helping restore the ecological balance that has been lost. Flightsim commander x. (Scroll down to see more.) Australian Earth-covered Green Roof Building Sydney, Joan & David Baggs ISBN 978-0-9756807-1-1 Dual Harmony Publishers.
PO Box 311, Queensland, 4170, Australia. IT is now 23 years and nearly 10,000 copies sold since the first edition of the Australian Earth Covered Building book appeared on the market published by the University of NSW Press. Since then each of the three subsequent editions have been updated, so that the content was relevant to events of the day. Having revised this edition since the passing of Dr Sydney Baggs, a number of things are now obvious: 1. How far we had come in some areas; 2. How little things had changed in others; and 3. How many of the warnings of imminent dire environmental impacts have now come to pass.
Our country has been crippled for years by its worst drought ever, and now parts have been inundated by serious floods, no doubt due to climate change. The predictions of how climate and rainfall would shift in the first and second editions have come to pass, and together with Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth as well as the impacts of new records in extreme weather such as the US Hurricane Katrina and Cyclone Larry in Australia, climate change is now not only newsworthy but also a major theme. With the publication of Friends of the Earth's Climate Code Red (www.climatecodered.com) the case for considering a climate emergency is well establish ed given many of the worst-case climate predictions of the past have now not only come to pass but are happening three times faster than predicted by any models.
To our sorrow, we have seen the first of the major resource wars, the 'Iraq for Oil' war. That it n ever was a war on terrorism has been confirmed wh en the Environment Minister (at the time of the UK decision to go into Iraq), Michael Meacher, was asked whether the war in Iraq was about oil. He replied: 'The connection is 100 per cent. It is absolutely overwhelming' (aljazeera.net; 2 1 May, 2005).
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When I saw the movie Bobbie about the life of Robert Kennedy, and was reminded of an age when another pointless war was being waged, and tens of thousands marched across the globe to protest against the war in Vietnam, nuclear proliferation and the atomic bomb. Today, the nuclear lobby pushes nuclear power as the saviour of climate change. What a sustainability oxymoron, even with current technology and disposal concepts, nuclear energy is not safe. So, how do we change the course of current events?