If you are a designer, builder, tradesperson or homeowner then you must read this book before you build or renovate a house.


The ultimate guide to selecting ecological building materials for renovating or building your home.


Dick Clarke. Founding Director, Envirotecture

Dick Clarke is principal of Envirotecture, a building design practice in Sydney. He is an Accredited Building Designer with 40 years experience in both architecture and building, focusing exclusively on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate development, and has received many Design Awards.

He has a Master of Sustainable Futures degree by research at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS. He is Director of Sustainability, and Past President of the NSW Chapter, of Building Designers Australia (BDA). He is a Past President and Board Member of the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA).

Dick sat on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Australian Government’s highly acclaimed Your Home design guide, as well as having an ongoing role authoring and peer reviewing content. He is involved with various government and non-government bodies on environmental issues and the built environment. Dick regularly judges various industry design awards.


Written by thirty-five of Australia’s world-leading thinkers and practitioners of sustainable design and

building including -


Scientia Professor Dr Deo Prasad AO. CEO, CRC for Low Carbon Living


Tim Adams, F2 Design

Michael Ambrose, Construction Systems Scientist, CSIRO

David Baggs, CEO, Global GreenTag Pty Ltd; CEO, Integreco Pty Ltd

Melissa Bright, Director, Make Architects

James Cooper, Director, Sanctum Design

Neville Cowland, Director, NOWarchitecture

Dr Robert Crawford, Lecturer in Construction and Environmental Assessment, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, Melbourne University

Malay Dave, PhD Candidate at FBE & CRCLCL at UNSW; Associate at Kennedy Associates Architects

Tom Dobbie, NewSouth Innovations, UNSW

Dr Suzanne Grob, Principal, Procureability

Dr Dominique Hes, Lecturer, Sustainable Architecture, Melbourne University

Bernard Hockings, Professional builder and environmental consultant to the Master Builders Association

Nigel Howard, Managing Director, Edge Environment

Cathy Inglis, Group Technical, Research & Engineering Manager, Brickworks Building Products

Trevor King, Principal, Trevor King Conservation Planning and Design

Chris Knierim, Managing Director, Designer Construction Group and Code Green

Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, Green Building Council of Australia

Klara Marosszeky, Australian Hemp Masonry Company

Kirsty M

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