The New Net Zero by @architi3rs
The New Net Zero by William Maclay and Maclay Architects is a visually appealing and very informational piece of literature about how we have the resources to build a “Net Zero” building or house. Maclay talks about how our current climatic situation is something that could rival eras like the Dark Ages, the Industrial Revolution, and the Renaissance.
The book combats climate change as well as sustainability by featuring projects by William Maclay and Maclay Architects’ previous projects and uses these as examples to show what could be done if the right choice of materials, techniques, and technology is applied to our design processes. The book then further explains the different debates on how we could reach a “net zero energy” consumption structure, these debates are beautifully illustrated throughout the pages and make them easy to understand by anyone, even if they are not practicing architects or designers. He also explains the differences between a net zero project, property, and footprint and how each of these are important and has their place in our society.
The book inspires us by showing different scales of projects and how being sustainable was achieved in all of them. The book has easy to read and understand typology and can be enjoyed by a wide variety of audiences. It features stunning visuals of the completed projects and emphasizes the materials used. It also features simple but effective graphical representations of construction details and how they tie in with the sustainability and net-zero concept they try to achieve.
At 578 pages, this is definitely not a light read but contains valuable and vital information on sustainability through design and architecture. Perfect for anyone considering to pursue a career in architecture focused on sustainability, or for people who have an interest in the topic of our built environment and how it impacts our climate and energy consumption.