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Chapter 7. Houses, water and energy

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Houses, water and energy are connected to each other and to the broader environment. It is important to understand the connection when building houses, suburbs, villages or towns and for improving existing areas… more

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Houses, water and energy are connected to each other and to the broader environment. It is important to understand the connection when building houses, suburbs, villages or towns and for improving existing areas. Always consider the natural environment, including the water and energy sources when you are planning to build or improving your existing house. You can work with the environment to your future benefit, or ignore it to your future disadvantage. This principle is true for every part of the house and living area, including the kitchen, washroom and toilet — each section is part of the surrounding land.

This chapter explains how this works and gives plenty of techniques and strategies for creating energy efficient and comfortable houses, securing a clean and sustainable water supply and using renewable energy sources.

Contents include:

  • How do you create a healthy house?
  • Building a house
  • Improvement techniques for houses
  • Outside improvements
  • Kitchens
  • Washrooms
  • Compost toilets
  • Water supply and storage
  • Renewable energy
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