Eco house book

Terence Conran

Book - 2009

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Published
London : New York, NY : Conran Octopus ; Distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Hachette Book Group USA 2009.
Language
English
Physical Description
271 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Bibliography
Includes index.
ISBN
9781840915228
1840915226
Main Author
Terence Conran (-)
  • Servicing. Eco audit ; Energy ; Heating ; Cooling ; Lighting ; Water
  • Basic fabric. Windows ; Floors ; Walls and ceilings ; Furniture and fittings
  • Design. Changing the layout ; Building in flexibility ; Making new openings ; Converting lofts ; Converting basements ; Extending your home ; New builds ; Structural systems
  • Outdoor spaces. Earth-sheltering ; Green roofs ; Gardening and landscaping ; Water ; Composting
  • Maintenance. Reducing waste ; Cleaning
  • Case studies.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

This large-format publication continues Conran's long-standing "House Book" series. His design influence in the UK is perhaps equivalent to Martha Stewart's here. Not as comprehensive as his Ultimate House Book, this new effort, devoted to green building, touches on siting, orientation, building materials, finishes, gardens, recycling, energy saving, and home-scale energy generation. Conran also discusses conversions and adding on. Quality color photographs show innovative design approaches and detailing, though carpets and curtains are rare. In the final section, "Case Studies," Conran profiles 17 green homes located in Europe, the United States, and Australia. Whether new builds or renovations, most feature reused materials. Each receives a floor plan or sectional drawing. Terminology is steadfastly British, and a resource list contains only a few American items. However, homeowners will find inspiration in these images of places attuned to nature. VERDICT This worthy and sophisticated promotion of green building is recommended to those considering home additions or looking for design ideas.—David R. Conn, Surrey P.L., BC [Page 75]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Counsels homeowners on how to render a house more environmentally friendly, covering small and large changes ranging from simple repairs to improve energy efficiency and water-saving tips to productive gardening and converting a basement.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A complete guide to home improvement the environmentally friendly way: whether you want to redecorate or redesign your home, this essential book provides all the information you need to reduce your home's carbon footprint and improve the quality of your life.For 40 years, Terence Conran has been a leader in intelligent design, changing the way we think about and furnish our homes. No, Conran shows us that it is possible to convert our existing homes into greener, healthier places without starting from scratch. Whether you want to redecorate or resign your home, Eco House Book explains how relatively small and economic changes can be made, including simple repairs to improve energy efficiency, water saving tips, and productive gardening, to more dramatic overhauls such as redesigning room use, converting basements and extending your home.Environmental issues should be part of every decision you make on the home front--from selecting fabric for soft furnishings to designing and siting a home extension.Special focus is given to reducing the vast amounts of energy and water that homes consume on a daily basis, with advice on low energy lighting strategies and decorative choices, improving insulation and reducing energy use, the latest green heating systems, alternative ways of generating power, and electricity reducing appliances. As we are urged to change our lifestyles to reduce our carbon footprint and consumption of water, there has never been a better time to green your home.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A complete guide to home improvement the environmentally friendly way: whether you want to redecorate or redesign your home, this essential book provides all the information you need to reduce your home's carbon footprint and improve the quality of your life. For 40 years, Terence Conran has been a leader in intelligent design, changing the way we think about and furnish our homes. No, Conran shows us that it is possible to convert our existing homes into greener, healthier places without starting from scratch. Whether you want to redecorate or resign your home, Eco House Book explains how relatively small and economic changes can be made, including simple repairs to improve energy efficiency, water saving tips, and productive gardening, to more dramatic overhauls such as redesigning room use, converting basements and extending your home. Environmental issues should be part of every decision you make on the home front--from selecting fabric for soft furnishings to designing and siting a home extension.Special focus is given to reducing the vast amounts of energy and water that homes consume on a daily basis, with advice on low energy lighting strategies and decorative choices, improving insulation and reducing energy use, the latest green heating systems, alternative ways of generating power, and electricity reducing appliances. As we are urged to change our lifestyles to reduce our carbon footprint and consumption of water, there has never been a better time to green your home.