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The Green Self-build Book

The Green Self-build Book Author : Jon Broome
Release : 2007
Publisher : Sustainable Building
File Size : 58.57 MB
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A highly illustrated, practical handbook on eco-friendly building for homeowners. Whether you want a turf roof, solar-powered hot water, a straw bale home, or a super-insulated (and cost-efficient) house, you need to know the essential elements of the process. In The Green Self-Build Book, Jon Broome gives an overview of the different methods of sustainable and eco-friendly construction techniques for non-professionals. The Green Self-Build Book gives inspiration and information to guide you through the green building process. It is intended for anyone who is planning a do-it-yourself project, and for housing professionals, students, and teachers.

The Self-build Book

The Self-build Book Author : Jon Broome
Release : 1995
Publisher : Green Books
ISBN : 9781900322003
File Size : 79.71 MB
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How to enjoy designing and building your own home. Gives inspiration and practical information, gives a practical guide to organising a project which covers land, finance and misc. help.

Green Home Building

Green Home Building Author : Miki Cook
Release : 2014-09-01
Publisher : New Society Publishers
ISBN : 1550925733
File Size : 83.30 MB
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A comprehensive guide to building green on any budget. According to conventional wisdom, building a green home is an expensive endeavor. The standard approach treats green as an add-on, tacking "premium" products, finishes, and equipment onto a traditional home design. As a result, many green home projects end up over budget or fail to achieve their environmental and performance goals. Green Home Building explodes the myth that green homes have to cost more. Using proven methods based on applied building science, the authors show how to: Lower base construction costs to provide funding for high performance upgrades Achieve a net-zero energy home, including "zero-ing" water, waste, carbon, and associated costs within fifteen years Live affordably into the future, despite anticipated rising costs for fuel, water, materials, taxes, and health care This comprehensive guide to building green on any budget defines the strategies that maximize the return on green investments. Written for anyone who has ever been swayed by the argument that the price tag limits how green a home can be, Green Home Building is a must-read for builders, contractors, architects, designers, and homeowners. Miki Cook is a green building and sustainability consultant who has dedicated her career to educating contractors and the public on the strategies, methods, and benefits of green homes. Doug Garrett has trained thousands of homebuilders, architects, and sub-contractors to build energy-efficient homes using applied building science to improve comfort, durability, and healthfulness while meeting or exceeding the energy code.

The Self-build Book

The Self-build Book Author : Jon Broome
Release : 1995
Publisher : Green Books
ISBN : 9781900322003
File Size : 24.68 MB
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How to enjoy designing and building your own home. Gives inspiration and practical information, gives a practical guide to organising a project which covers land, finance and misc. help.

Creating Community-Led and Self-Build Homes

Creating Community-Led and Self-Build Homes Author : Field, Martin
Release : 2020-06-24
Publisher : Policy Press
ISBN : 1447344413
File Size : 52.52 MB
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In Creating Community-Led and Self-Build Homes, Martin Field explores the ways in which people and communities across the UK have been striving to create the homes and neighbourhood communities they want. Giving context to contemporary practices in the UK, the book examines ‘self-build housing’ and ‘community-led housing’, discussing the commonalities and distinctions between these in practice, and what could be learned from other initiatives across Europe. Looking at both individual methods and ‘models’ of local practice, including cohousing, co-operatives, community land trusts, empty homes and other ‘intentional communities’, the book examines what has constrained such initiatives to date and how future policies and practice might be shaped.

The Whole House Book

The Whole House Book Author : Pat Borer
Release : 1998
Publisher : New Society Pub
File Size : 53.17 MB
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This guide for "green" building takes a wholistic approach to design, combining social, economic and environmental objectives with an evaluation of buildings' local and global impact. Chapters range from creating a healthy house with good lighting and air quality to designing a home with minimum reliance on fossil fuels and maximum conservation of water.

Self Build

Self Build Author : Julian Owen
Release : 2004
Publisher : Riba Publications
ISBN : 9781859461396
File Size : 80.58 MB
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This book, written by an experienced self build architect provides practical, step-by-step advice and guidance on how to build your own high quality, stylish home. Aimed at those who aspire to live in a tailor-made home that expresses their own style because existing houses for sale are either too dull or expensive, but who are daunted by the prospect. It dispels the myth that self-built houses either require you to get your hands dirty or result in little more than brick boxes.

Building a Low Impact Roundhouse

Building a Low Impact Roundhouse Author : Tony Wrench
Release : 2008
Publisher : Permanent Publications
ISBN : 9781856230421
File Size : 26.93 MB
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In Building a Low Impact Roundhouse, Tony shares his many years of experience, skills, and techniques used to build this unique and affordable low-impact home. Always witty and inspiring, the author explains the process of visualizing and designing a house through to the practical side of lifting the living roof, infilling the walls, laying out rooms, and adding renewable, autonomous technology. Building a Low Impact Roundhouse has become a classic text sold all over the world. Tony's home and lifestyle have attracted much media interest, and he and his partner continue to inspire many individuals and communities to seek out ways of living more sustainably. Now in its third edition, with a fascinating ten-year update including a major new section on the couple's marvelous straw bale den, Tony also includes sections on the physical design, and he writes about the lifestyle required for living in a roundhouse. He offers advice on roofs, floors, walls, compost toilets, wood stoves, kitchens, windows, and planning permission. There are additional photographs of life in and around the dwelling and illustrations from the construction plans for one of the UK's most unique homes. This true and captivating story covers the realizing of a lifetime's dream as well as being a practical how to manual for anyone who loves the idea of low-impact living and wants to self-build an affordable, organic home.


Eco-Homes Author : Doctor Jenny Pickerill
Release : 2016-01-15
Publisher : Zed Books Ltd.
ISBN : 1780325339
File Size : 49.59 MB
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It is widely understood that good, affordable eco-housing needs to be at the heart of any attempt to mitigate or adapt to climate change. This is the first book to comprehensively explore eco-housing from a geographical, social and political perspective. It starts from the premise that we already know how to build good eco-houses and we already have the technology to retrofit existing housing. Despite this, relatively few eco-houses are being built. Featuring over thirty case studies of eco-housing in Britain, Spain, Thailand, Argentina and the United States, Eco-Homes examines the ways in which radical changes to our houses – such as making them more temporary, using natural materials, or relying on manual heating and ventilation systems – require changes in how we live. As such, it argues, it is not lack of technology or political will that is holding us back from responding to climate change, but deep-rooted cultural and social understandings of our way of life and what we expect our houses to do for us.

Green Building Handbook: Volume 1

Green Building Handbook: Volume 1 Author : Tom Woolley
Release : 2002-09-11
Publisher : Routledge
ISBN : 1135811601
File Size : 24.21 MB
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Environmentally responsible building involves resolving many conflicting issues and requirements. Each stage in the design process from the fundamental decisions about what, where and even whether to build has implications for the environment. Evolving out of the success of Green Building Digest, a publication described by Building Design as well-researched, authoritative and exhaustive, this practical new handbook considers the environmental issues which relate to the production, use and disposal of key building products and materials. It is designed to help specifiers and purchasers gain awareness of the potential environmental impact of their decisions. Chapter by chapter Green Building Handbook looks at a different sector of the trade from flooring to roofing, comparing the environmental effects of commonly available products with less well known green alternatives. A Best Buy section then ranks these products from lowest to highest impact.

Green Building Handbook: Volume 2

Green Building Handbook: Volume 2 Author : Tom Woolley
Release : 2003-09-02
Publisher : Routledge
ISBN : 1135802998
File Size : 43.33 MB
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This key handbook provides a detailed reference for environmentally concerned purchasers of building products, and complements the Green Building Handbook Vol 1. Following the format of the original, this book discusses current issues in green building before moving on to consider eight building component types: fencing products, flat roofing membranes, glazing products, electrical wiring, adhesives, straw bale building, interior decoration and indoor air quality and ventilation. Invaluable for the specifier, this companion handbook will be useful to all those interested in finding greener ways of designing and making buildings.

Building Your Own Sustainable and Energy Efficient House

Building Your Own Sustainable and Energy Efficient House Author : Henry Skates
Release : 2011
Publisher : Crowood Press
ISBN : 9781847972583
File Size : 54.32 MB
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Many people aspire to one day build a house for themselves but for one reason or another they have never taken the plunge. This book explains how to go about building a home that will save you money, save energy, minimize carbon emissions and greenhouse gas production—the main causes of climate change—and above all, provide a home of exceptional thermal comfort, not too hot, not too cold, in fact just right for you and your family.

Building with Straw Bales

Building with Straw Bales Author : Barbara Jones
Release : 2015-04-01
Publisher : Green Books
ISBN : 9780857842282
File Size : 39.12 MB
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Straw bale building is a radically different approach to construction, and this book explains, in straightforward and commonsense terms, the principles of the technique, which was pioneered in the United States more than a hundred years ago and is now entering the mainstream. It is used by firms who see its value in terms of cost-effectiveness, ease of installation, and energy efficiency. Straw has great load-bearing qualities and provides superior insulation at an affordable price. Straw bale building is accessible to many people who are normally excluded from the construction process and provides immense opportunity for creative fun, enabling them to design and build the sort of shape and space they would really like. The book covers design principles; different types of foundations; how to raise walls, stabilize them, and protect them from the weather; and how straw bale buildings can easily meet building regulation requirements. This book is for self-builders as well as for people working the construction industry and has been fully revised and expanded to include new sections on natural plasters, a detailed analysis of how straw performs with humidity, and an extensive resources section. Now in full color for the first time, the beautiful photographs throughout this book illustrate the techniques described and showcase the diverse possibilities of straw bale building.

The Self-Build Survival Guide

The Self-Build Survival Guide Author : Katy Jackson
Release : 2008-08-01
Publisher : How to Books Limited
ISBN : 9781845281908
File Size : 89.41 MB
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'The Self-Build Survival Guide' offers advice on how to choose the right self-build option, survive life on a building site, finance your project, and nurture your self-build dreams into a reality. Useful resources and contacts are provided at the end of the book.

RIBA Book of British Housing

RIBA Book of British Housing Author : Ian Colquhoun
Release : 2008-01-28
Publisher : Routledge
ISBN : 1136368264
File Size : 83.2 MB
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RIBA Book of British Housing Design looks at the design solutions developed during the 20th and the 21st centuries, and illustrates over 200 of the most successful projects. It provides an overview of the evolution of housing development, and includes present day schemes and estate regeneration as well as special sections on housing in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The photographs and plans of historic and contemporary projects can be used to show design approaches to clients, committees and, in the case of regeneration, with local communities. Looking back into history will indicate which design approaches have been successful. This fully updated 2nd edition includes a new chapter on the development of design concepts and projects built since 1999. It illustrates current trends that have been developing since the turn of the new century, and emphasises the concept of creating sustainable communities. The use of colour photographs adds a new dimension to the first edition in making it possible to appreciate more readily the materials used in the design of the housing and its environment.

Making Better Buildings

Making Better Buildings Author : Chris Magwood
Release : 2014-03-01
Publisher : New Society Publishers
ISBN : 1550925156
File Size : 60.87 MB
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Sustainable building from the ground up - the pros and cons of the latest green and natural materials and technologies From foundation to finish, a wealth of information is available on sustainable construction methods-entire volumes have been published on individual green and natural building techniques. But with so many different ideas to choose from, there is no single resource that allows an owner or builder to quickly and objectively compare the merits of each system for their particular project. Making Better Buildings cuts through the hype and provides the unvarnished facts about the upsides and downsides of the most widely discussed materials and technologies. Drawing on the real-world experiences of designer/builders, this comparative guide systematically and comprehensively examines each approach in terms of: Cost, sourcing, labor intensity, and ease of construction Energy efficiency, embodied energy, and environmental impacts Availability/accessibility Viable applications and future potential. Each chapter is rounded out by a chart which summarizes the material in a quick and accessible manner. Whether you are an owner preparing to build a green or natural home, or a conventional contractor determined to integrate sustainable alternatives into your existing construction practices, this up-to-the minute resource will help you make the best decisions for your project, while meeting your energy, efficiency, budgetary, and site-specific needs.

HomeSkills: Building Decks

HomeSkills: Building Decks Author : Editors of Cool Springs Press
Release : 2013-08
Publisher : Homeskills
ISBN : 1591865816
File Size : 79.12 MB
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With the clear descriptions and beautiful how-to photography in HomeSkills: Building Decks, any homeowner can design and build the deck their home demands, saving plenty of money in the process.

Internal Components

Internal Components Author : Alan Blanc
Release : 2014-10-29
Publisher : Routledge
ISBN : 1317893956
File Size : 28.76 MB
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This book and its companion volume External Components encourage an evaluation of alternative methods for putting components together. Both use contemporary case studies to relate component design to real building.

Sustainable Materials in Building Construction

Sustainable Materials in Building Construction Author : J. M. P. Q. Delgado
Release : 2020-05-11
Publisher : Springer Nature
ISBN : 3030468003
File Size : 56.91 MB
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This book presents a selection of recent research works that provide best practice solutions, case studies and practical advice on the implementation of sustainable construction techniques. The topics covered include innovations in building sustainability assessment, sustainable construction and materials, service-life prediction, construction 4.0, digitalization of the construction process, and circular economy. Reviewing the current state of knowledge, the book will benefit scientists, students, practitioners, lecturers and other interested parties in a range of scientific and engineering disciplines, e.g. civil, materials and mechanical engineering.

Earth-Sheltered Houses

Earth-Sheltered Houses Author : Rob Roy
Release : 2006-04-03
Publisher : New Society Publishers
ISBN : 1550923757
File Size : 74.82 MB
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The only how-to manual on the subject directed to mainstream owner-builders An earth-sheltered, earth-roofed home has the least impact upon the land of all housing styles, leaving almost zero footprint on the planet. Earth-Sheltered Houses is a practical guide for those who want to build their own underground home at moderate cost. It describes the benefits of sheltering a home with earth, including the added comfort and energy efficiency from the moderating influence of the earth on the home's temperature-keeping it warm in the winter and cool in the summer-low maintenance, and the protection against fire, sound, earthquake and storm afforded by the earth. Extra benefits from adding an earth or other living roof option include greater longevity of the roof substrate, fine aesthetics, and environmental harmony. The book covers all of the various construction techniques involved including details on planning, excavation, footings, floor, walls, framing, roofing, waterproofing, insulation and drainage. Specific methods appropriate for the inexperienced owner-builder are a particular focus and include: pouring one's own footings and/or floor the use of dry-stacked (surface-bonded) concrete block walls post-and-beam framing plank-and-beam roofing, and drainage methods and self-adhesive waterproofing membranes. The time-tested, easy-to-learn construction techniques described in Earth-Sheltered Houses will enable readers to embark upon their own building projects with confidence, backed up by a comprehensive resources section that lists all the latest products such as waterproofing membranes, types of rigid insulation and drainage products that will protect the building against water damage and heat loss.