Innovative Houses: Concepts for Sustainable Living

By Avi Friedman

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  • Paperback
  • 300 colour illustrations
  • 256 pages
  • 9½ x 6¾ ins
  • ISBN 9781780672939
  • Published September 2013

Housing is rapidly having to adapt to the global changes of the twenty first century. These include the transformation of the family and the rise of the non-traditional household, increases in construction costs, and concerns over climate change and the depletion of natural resources. Designing residential environments that address these issues is an urgent priority.

This book examines the latest residential design trends that have arisen in response to these challenges. Divided into four broad areas, tightly focused thematic chapters look at twenty discrete topics, such as live/work; adaptable housing; prefabrication; water efficiency; green roofs; and innovative landscaping. Each chapter includes an essay which lays out principles, methods and practices.

Using text, drawings and photos from a variety of contemporary international practices, the book demonstrates how these ideas can be applied by architects. It offers a comprehensive collection of strategies and examples that will inspire a much needed housing revolution.

About the Author

Avi Friedman began his architectural studies at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy, receiving his doctorate from the University of Montreal, Canada. He is a professor at the McGill School of Architecture, Quebec, and has published extensively about architecture in both academic and trade publications.

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Section 1: Demographic and Social Trends

1 Live-Work Residences 

2 Aging in Place 

3 Multi-generational Living 

4 Small Homes

Section 2: Design and Production Methods

5 Adaptable Houses

6 Growing Homes 

7 Prefabricated Dwellings

8 Narrow Houses

9 Plug-and-Play Designs

10 Healthy Indoor Environments

Section 3: Energy and Resource-Efficiency

11 Net-Zero Dwellings

12 Design for Passive Solar Gain

13 Active Solar-Powered Dwellings

14 Innovative Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

15 Building with Recycled Materials

16 Water-Efficient Dwellings

17 Green Roofs

Section 4: Innovative Landscaping

18 Design with Nature

19 Edible Landscapes

20 Xeriscaped Outdoors