The Eco-Home Design Guide

The Eco-Home Design Guide : Principles and Practice for New-Build and Retrofit

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Designing an eco home is much more about working with your house's place and situation than relying in intrusive technology and hi-tech mateirals. In this book, Christopher Day draws on his extensive experience to explain the key principles of eco-home design, using common-sense methods to create a pleasant, comfortable and healthy home.

With beautifully simple hand-drawn illustrations, Christopher takes you through:

- Using the local topography, combined with landscaping, to improve your home's microclimate

- Designing to keep your home dry and warm in the winter, and cool in the summer

- Minimizing hidden environmental impacts

- Making the house safe and healthy, both emotionally and physically

The book includes several case studies of eco hoomes, reviewing (with hindsight) what worked well and what could have been better.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 205 x 255 x 25.4mm | 1,020.58g
  • Totnes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 75 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0857843044
  • 9780857843043
  • 1,012,131

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"You could hardly find a better man to lead you through the challenging process of creating an eco home from scratch, or of renovating an existing building to meet eco criteria." -- Angela Neustatter, journalist and author of A Home for the Heart "In The Eco-Home Design Guide, Christopher Day makes the technical simple even for non-scientific readers. With gentle humour, this most gifted of architects shares his vision of a living architecture, demonstrating that eco-design CAN be supremely nourishing for the soul." -- Susan Swire, Author of Secrets of the Feel-Good Home "This book is an ideal guide for those who wish to explore to the greatest depth the possibilities for designing their own eco-homes." -- Professor Chris Tweed, Welsh School of Architecture "Christopher Day is one of Britain's most outstanding holistic and ecological architects and this book is a timely gift when freeing ourselves from the dependence on fossil fuel has become an urgent imperative." -- Satish Kumar, Editor-in-Chief, Resurgence & Ecologist magazine "A unique text in the study of the elements which constitutes effective, sustainable architectural de-sign for healthy living." -- Lino Bianco, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta "A delightfully accessible reach-for book. I find so many people blundering and wandering in circles on their eco house creation journey, this is just the thing they were missing." -- Vicky Moller, Welsh Assembly election candidate for Plaid Cymru, Party of Wales "The generous use of illustrations and side notes makes this an easy to use guide, and it is a must-have reference for every architect, homeowner, and developer in the operation and construction of homes, retail, and office buildings." -- Richard Erganian, developer "Christopher is the UK's foremost practitioner of soulful architecture and place-making. I would urge anyone considering building a new house to read his latest gem, The Eco-Home Design Guide." -- Peter Stirling, Managing Director, Stirling Developments Ltd "Besides widening the eco-design debate beyond simplistic energy-conservation, this book describes complicated issues clearly enough for the most non-technical reader to understand." -- Prof. Dr Justyn Ochocki, Medical University of Lodz "This book is informative, and builders, designers or anyone planning a self-build

project will find much useful information and advice." -- David Phythian
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About Christopher Day

Christopher Day has studied architecture and sculpture and has been committed to eco-architecture and an ecological lifestyle since the 1970s. He has received four design awards, including a Prince of Wales Award, for his work on eco-houses and Steiner schools. He pioneered a consensus design method, which has now been used in over 60 projects.

As a designer, consultant, lecturer or teacher, Christopher has worked in 20 different countries from California, USA to New Zealand, managing the construction of 150+ eco-homes across many income-levels cultures and climates. Continuing to work despite being disabled for the last fifteen years, Christopher has developed a further specialism in adapting environmentally friendly buildings for disabled residents.
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