Eco House Book

Eco House Book

by Terence Conran
     
 

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In today's world, when making home improvements, there is more to consider than simply changing the way your home looks or functions. Environmental issues should be part of every decision you make - from selecting fabric for soft furnishings to designing and siting a home extension. Eco House Book provides all the information you need to reduce your home's carbon

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Overview

In today's world, when making home improvements, there is more to consider than simply changing the way your home looks or functions. Environmental issues should be part of every decision you make - from selecting fabric for soft furnishings to designing and siting a home extension. Eco House Book provides all the information you need to reduce your home's carbon footprint and directly improve your quality of life.

Most homes are not decorated, designed, constructed or serviced with ecofriendliness in mind. But you don't have to start again from scratch to make a huge difference to the way your home impacts on the environment. There is a great deal we can do to convert our existing homes into greener, healthier places to live. Eco House Book explains how relatively small changes can be made, including simple repairs to improve energy efficiency and water saving tips, to more dramatic overhauls such as redesigning room use, converting basements and extending your home.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This reprint of English designer, restaurateur, and retailer Conran's 2009 book offers a detailed look at residential green design. He delineates the various eco-friendly considerations for energy (including heating and cooling), lighting, water, windows, floors, walls, furniture, landscaping, and waste reduction. Conran (The Ultimate House Book) then discusses the application of these design choices to homes, whether one is remodeling, adding on to an existing structure, or building anew. Studies of 17 homes located in Europe, the United States, and Australia are accompanied by color photographs, floor plans, and elevations and include lists of materials to show how green design has been applied to actual homes. VERDICT Given the comprehensive information and the continued interest in green design, this book will be useful to professionals and amateurs alike.
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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, recyling, energy saving, and home-scale energy generation. Conran also dicusses 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 featured 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.—Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781840916027
Publisher:
Octopus Books
Publication date:
07/04/2012
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,342,947
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Terence Conran is one of the world's leading designers, furniture-makers, restaurateurs, retailers. He is Chairman of Conran Holdings, the parent company of his retail and restaurant businesses, and Chairman of Conran & Partners, his architecture and design practice. There are Conran Shops in New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Marunouchi, Nagoya and Fukuoka. Terence Conran also designs furniture for Content and Benchmark. In 1989 he founded the Design Museum, the first of its kind in the world, and he is the Provost of the Royal College of Art.

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