Ecohouse: A Design Guide
Ecohouse is an exciting and timely text that tells you how to design low energy, environmentally friendly buildings today. It also provides the foundations for building design in a warming world, and stepping stones towards the zero-carbon emission buildings of tomorrow.
Sue Roaf is famed for her approach to design and her awareness of energy efficiency. Here she reveals the concepts, structures and techniques that lie behind the realization of her ideals. By using her own house as a case-study Roaf guides the reader through the ideas for energy efficient design or 'eco design'.
This guide to the ecohouse also explores 21 case-studies from around the world, from Norway and Sweden to India and Japan, Argentina and Mexico. Chapters by Christopher Day, Katerine Bohn and Andre Viljoen on ecological building materials and methods and a contribution by Robert and Brenda Vale - all experts in this field
Ecohouse has a regularly updated companion web site providing further information on all issues relating to Ecohouse and eco design. Log on to www.bh.com/companions/ecohouse for a direct link.
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Introduction to the Ecohouse Design Guide
the building as an analogy
2 The environmental impact of building materials
3 Detailing the envelope
4 Buildingin soul
6 Health and happiness in the home
7 Passive solar design
9 Solar hot water systems
10 Using water wisely
Case study introduction towards the new vernacular
aluminium Architect Architecture array brick building Building Research Establishment built cavity ceiling cent CO2 emissions cold bridge comfort concrete construction conventional cooling cost DESCRIPTION/BRIEF drainfield ECOFEATURES efficient electricity embodied energy environment environmental impact evaporative cooling external fire floor flow glass glazing global greenhouse grey water heat loss hurricane Hurricane Luis increase indoor installed insulation inverter load located low-energy house materials modules moisture Nicol graph Oxford Ecohouse panels passive solar photovoltaic pipe pressure problem pump PV system rainwater recycled reduce Roaf rock bed roof sea level Climate septic shade solar collector solar energy solar gain solar heating solar hot water solar radiation solar system space St Maarten storage tank structure summer sunspace surface thermal insulation thermal mass timber tion typical U-value ventilation wall warm wastewater wind winter