Ecohouse: A Design Guide

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Routledge, Aug 15, 2007 - Architecture - 352 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction to the Ecohouse Design Guide
1
the building as an analogy
15
2 The environmental impact of building materials
38
3 Detailing the envelope
63
4 Buildingin soul
85
5 Ventilation
95
6 Health and happiness in the home
123
7 Passive solar design
148
8 Photovoltaics
165
9 Solar hot water systems
200
10 Using water wisely
216
Case study introduction towards the new vernacular
239
Glossary
328
References
336
Conversion Factors
343
Index
344

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