A stunning, full-color showcase of the latest innovations in sustainable architecture and eco-friendly design, featuring thirty-five diverse homes. Today’s architects, designers, building craftsman, and homeowners are becoming more environmentally conscious, choosing eco-friendly living spaces with small carbon footprints that are built with sustainable materials. New Eco Homes explores various aspects of modern eco design, from its environmental and economical benefits, to factors considered when choosing materials: how much energy went into manufacturing the product, whether it is long lasting, and whether it can be recycled or safely disposed of as it eventually breaks down. It also examines important details involved in building, such as climate regulation, drainage systems, and regional planning. Each of the thirty-five projects contain photographs, floor plans, and detailed drawings that illustrate certain sustainable features, revealing how much the parameters of ecological design have expanded in just a few short years. New Eco Homes includes an introductory interview with an international specialist in green building, site plans, architectural drawings, and a complete directory of resources. Combining concern for the environmental with aesthetic sensibility, it is an essential resource for architects, designers, and homeowners interested in creating warm and inviting homes that are not only beautiful to inhabit, but help protect and conserve our natural environment as well.
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.
Do you want to live in a better socio-economic system unaffected by global economic turmoil? Do you want to build eco-cities to end poverty, save billions on public spending and reduce cO2, N2O and other pollutants to 0%? Would you like to live self-sufficient in a sustainable ethical society and own an eco-home that becomes your space for survival? Ecolism Volume 1 is one of four small volumes proposing eco-solutions. It aims to solve most problems in most socio-economic systems. Henri E. Maalouf creates a framework of a social and economic system to complement a utopian Eco-city. The concept is to create protective bubbles for societies. In this volume, an eco-city is created to protect societies from any global economic turmoil. It proposes ideas which would offer people a decent standard of living. He suggests that it must be a compulsory human right for each couple older than sixteen to own an eco-home and the government pay the interest on their mortgage until the social welfare system find them a job to repay the loan.
Whether you are a self-builder or keen renovator, this digital book has condensed some of the key articles featured in Homebuilding & Renovating magazine to bring you the most informative and valuable information, providing everything you need to know about how to achieve a home as energy conscious as you are.
This book investigates how the meanings and politics of urban sustainability are being radically rethought in response to the economic downturn and the credit crunch. In this ground-breaking contribution, prominent scholars provide up to date coverage of the impacts of recent changes on key areas of urban planning, including housing, transport, and the environment, and map out core areas for future research.
Everything you need to know to build, renovate or just live in an eco-friendly and sustainable way. With loads of inspirational photographs of New Zealand homes, this book is packed full of practical and accessible information. It presents the modern home by moving from room to room, to look at structural materials, furnishings and general life hacks to improve your personal green-star rating. As well as the living spaces (kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, office, living area, utility rooms and outdoor areas) it also looks at the wider issues - why make an eco home at all? Also covered are- principles of sustainable building, choosing a property, building a team of professionals, foundations and floors, the structure and the shell. In a compact and colourful package, this book is both entertaining and informative. A must-have for all people with an eco-conscience.
This book addresses the need for an in-depth study into design quality in new housing. The wider implications of policy and design are examined through a series of case studies of new housing projects in the UK and the Netherlands. Dutch interdisciplinary design and modern methods of construction are widely considered to be of the highest quality from which much can be learned and understood. This new guide offers architects the best practice for the design, policy and construction of new homes. The author considers proposals for the Thames Gateway and government incentives to create better quality housing, including the £60,000 house and design reviews. The wider implications of skills and training of architects, planners, design professionals and those parties involved in housing are also addressed.
The construction process, right through from planning and design to use and demolition, has a major impact on society. Traditionally, concern has been focused on its environmental impact and the quest for sustainability, but this has now extended into the wider remit of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Essentially, this means that businesses must act (voluntarily) in a socially ethical manner by developing a policy that encompasses the core principles enshrined by CSR. A unique presentation on a topic of emerging importance, Corporate Social Responsibility in the Construction Industry is essential reading for all built environment undergraduate and post-graduate courses, as well as CEOs and senior managers within construction businesses who may be about to embark on developing a CSR strategy.
Praise and Reviews `Packed with valuable, no-nonsense information... very informative.` - Ideal Home Buying or selling a home is likely to be the biggest financial transaction most of us are ever involved in and the stakes are high. Without careful planning or clear thought, buying a property can turn into a nightmare of gargantuan proportions. Surveys and solicitors fees aren't cheap and one mistake can cost you thousands of pounds. Now in its second edition, The Complete Guide to Buying and Selling Property provides an authoritative, independent guide for individuals on the best way to buy, sell, move or buy-to-let in the United Kingdom (including Scotland, where the system is different). It also gives a brief overview of the pros and cons of buying abroad. This accessible book gives an overview of the property scene in the United Kingdom and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of home ownership. It then advises on finding the right property and describes the processes and legal obligations involved in selling and buying. It also explains the roles of the professionals involved and shows how best to use their services and what can safely be done without their help. This invaluable new edition will appeal to a wide audience of individuals - from first-time buyer to prospective landlord - interested in making the right property decision from both a lifestyle and an investment standpoint. Contents include: first steps finding the right area what can you afford legal and conveyancing - and buying at auction mortgages insurance making the move buy-to-let self-build making extra money from your existing property improving your home buying abroad buying in Scotland