Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781780325309 Published February 2016 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781780325316 Published February 2016 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Eco-Homes

People, Place and Politics

Jenny Pickerill

Eco-Homes

Jenny Pickerill

Distributed for Zed Books

360 pages | 5 x 9 | © 2016
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781780325309 Published February 2016 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781780325316 Published February 2016 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
As a civilization, we are now very aware of what steps we need to take in order to have any hope of mitigating climate change. Yet worldwide, humans still have made shockingly little substantial progress towards that goal, despite overwhelming evidence of its necessity. This includes the need for sustainable eco-housing—arguably the most essential change required for human survival—although the knowledge and technology needed for good eco-houses already exists.
 
With Eco-Homes, environmental geographer Jenny Pickerill comprehensively explores eco-housing from both a social and a political perspective. Featuring over thirty case studies on eco-housing from Britain, Spain, Thailand, Argentina, and the United States, Eco-Homes takes a novel approach to examining why radical changes to our homes—such as making them more temporary, using natural materials, or relying on manual heating and ventilation—necessitates significant social changes in how we live. It isn’t technology or politics holding us back from fighting climate change, Pickerill argues, but deeply-rooted cultural and social understandings of how we live and what we expect from our houses. With an international perspective and a crucial message, Eco-Homes provides clear policy suggestions during an important era of environmental solutions.
Contents
Introduction 
1. Eco 
2. Home 
3. History 
4. Place 
5. Affordability 
6. Comfort 
7. Gender 
8. Mobilisation 
9. Community 
10. Future 
Appendix
Review Quotes
Sofie Pelsmakers, author of The Environmental Design Pocketbook
“A timely reminder of different ways of living and housing people. A must-read for anyone involved in housing and energy policy, research and house building or (eco-)design.”
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