Publication Title: The Eco House Manual
“A jargon busting DIY guide to help people transform their homes into eco-friendly havens.” Western Daily Press
Whether you’re planning a major renovation project or simply carrying out basic maintenance on a property, the Eco-House Manual will help you to select the most eco friendly building materials for the job and minimise the environmental footprint of your house.
Eco-renovation gives us an opportunity to put right some of the mistakes of the past by removing the bad and replacing it with something better.
The consumption of energy and water by our existing housing stock can be reduced by making changes to the building fabric, to the services systems and to our lifestyles. Houses which are refurbished with healthy materials and which achieve low running costs may also command a higher price in due course.
By providing the basic information on everything from energy consumption to water use, this manual will put you in a position to assess how well your property is currently performing and to decide which improvements will really make a difference. All common house types are addressed, including the most difficult to improve. The issues relating to the insulation of walls, floors and roofs are explored in detail and there are practical step-by-step projects for the home and garden.
The author cuts through the jargon of eco-building and explains everything from ground-source heat pumps to rainwater harvesting in clear simple language, backed up by diagrams, architects’ drawings and colour photography throughout.
Liberal use of clear, colour diagrams throughout the Eco-House Manual illustrate principals of sustainable improvement.
If you want to know how to work out the payback period on a wind turbine or just an energy-efficient light bulb, this manual will show you how. If you’re thinking of redecorating a room or renewing the floor coverings, all the information you need to select the healthiest and least polluting materials can be found inside.
With rising prices for energy and water, the chapters on electricity use, space-heating and water systems will guide homeowners towards solutions which save money while reducing the environmental impact of 21st century living.
Pick up the Eco-House Manual and you can begin making eco-friendly improvements straightaway. It’s that easy to be inspired, that easy to follow.
- Principles of eco-renovation.
- Construction materials.
- Insulation and heating.
- Electricity demand.
- Water supply and usage.
- Waste and pollution.
- Exterior space and gardens.
Author: Nigel Griffiths
Information Updated on: 10 May 2012