Green Self-Build Book: How to Enjoy Designing and Building Your Own Eco-Home

Overview

Whether you want a turf roof, solar-powered hot water, or a superinsulated (and cost-efficient) house, you need to know the essential elements of the self-build process, and in The Green Self-Build Book, Jon Broome gives an overview of the different methods of sustainable and eco-friendly construction techniques. The book includes case studies of green building techniques such as earth and straw bale buildings and is intended for anyone who is planning a self-build project, housing professionals, students, and ...

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Overview

Whether you want a turf roof, solar-powered hot water, or a superinsulated (and cost-efficient) house, you need to know the essential elements of the self-build process, and in The Green Self-Build Book, Jon Broome gives an overview of the different methods of sustainable and eco-friendly construction techniques. The book includes case studies of green building techniques such as earth and straw bale buildings and is intended for anyone who is planning a self-build project, housing professionals, students, and teachers. The Green Self-Build Book gives inspiration and information to guide you through the green self-build process.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903998731
  • Publisher: UIT Cambridge
  • Publication date: 6/20/2007
  • Series: Sustainable Building Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,015,468
  • Product dimensions: 8.11 (w) x 9.91 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Broome is an architect who has self-built two houses. He is a former director of Architype, a London-based architectural practice working on housing, education, health, and community buildings with specialist expertise in low-energy design, timber-frame construction, and sustainable building. He is a coauthor of The Self-Build Book and contributor to Housing & the Environment. He runs his own consultancy specializing in sustainable construction in London.  

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Table of Contents

1. Why self-build, and why build green?
2. Who has successfully built a green self-build house?
--Jon builds his second house, using timber poles in South London
--integrated sustainable development in Hockerton: earth-sheltered with passive solar heating
--group of tenants build in the inner city (Islington), using post and beam timber-frame
--three-bedroom eco house for [pound]30,000 in Basildon using timber panel construction
--Super economic super insulation in Herefordshire, using straw bales
--Modern self-built house set in a West London conservation area (Ealing), using steel framing
--architect uses hemp to build an extension in Bury St Edmunds: minimum environmental impact building
--self-builder develops a specialism in earth building: a Devon cob house 3. Designing a good house
4. How can you encourage others to think green?
5. Environmental issues and the site
6. Building for longevity
7. Reducing energy in use
8. Reducing environmental impacts
9. Reducing harmful impacts on health
10. Reducing waste
11. Reducing water consumption
12. Environmentally preferred forms of construction
13. Designing a sustainable garden
14. Why we should build green for the future
15. How to specify green
16. Useful links, references and contacts
Index

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