Ecohouse: A Design Guide

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Routledge, 2001 - Architecture - 346 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 for a direct link.

* Learn about the key issues of form and construction in Eco house design
* Gain an understanding of building materials and their energy and environmental impacts - now essential for both student and practitioner
* Theory is shown in practice with 21 case-studies from around the world

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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
5 Ventilation
6 Health and happiness in the home
7 Passive solar design
8 Photovoltaics
9 Solar hot water systems
10 Using water wisely
Case study introduction towards the new vernacular
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About the author (2001)

Sue Roaf is Professor of Architectural Engineering at Heriot Watt University and Visiting Professor at the Open University. She publishes widely on traditional; technologies, sustainable buildings, ecohouse design and adapting buildings and cities for climate change. She designed and lives in the Oxford Ecohouse, the first UK building with a photovoltaic roof and does much to promote resilient low impact buildings through the conferences she organises on Solar Cities, Carbon Counting, Architectural Education, Thermal Comfort and Post Occupancy Evaluation. She is currently co-chairing the Westminster and Scottish Carbon Accounting Groups with Colin Challen MP and Sarah Boyak MSP.

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