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150 Best Eco House Ideas [Hardcover]

Marta Serrats
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Book Description

25 Nov 2010


The newest volume in the highly successful “150 Best” series—joining 150 Best House Ideas and 150 Best Apartment Ideas150 Best Eco House Ideas is a comprehensive handbook showcasing the latest in sustainable architecture and environmentally-friendly home design. Perfect for architects, designers, interiors decorators, and homeowners alike.

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  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design (25 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006196879X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061968792
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 20.2 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Featuring an extensive collection of full-color photographs, 150 Best Eco House Ideas features eco-friendly house designs created by internationally renowned architects and designers who have achieved practical, innovative, and stunning solutions adapted to the specific needs and tastes of their clients. Included here are the latest innovations in sustainable home design, including solar paneling, wind energy systems, environmentally-friendly heating and cooling solutions, thermal glazing, and trombe walls.

150 Best Eco House Ideas covering the diversity of current trends in sustainable home design, and is both the perfect resource for designers, interior decorators, and architects, as well an inspirational sourcebook for all homeowners interested in creating warm and inviting homes that cause only a fraction of the environmental impact of those created using conventional building methods.

About the Author

Marta Serrats is a design editor for Loft Publications, and an expert in architecture and store displays. She is the author of such highly acclaimed titles as New Shops and Boutiques, Capturing Space, Point of Purchase, and Unique Packaging.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly just pictures, very little content 18 Dec 2012
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I am hopefully starting to build my house next year. It has always been my dream to build a house as ecofriendly as possible. So i picked up this book hoping to learn more. Unfortunately, all is does is shows photo after photo of houses built. There is very little substance, very little actual information. I did not want to see more pictures of ecohouses, i wanted to learn something. How do i best save on water, how do i best build a passive cool house in a hot climate etc. This book did not teach me anything new.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not very informative 19 Oct 2012
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Hoped for useful precedents for architecure students but this is more or less a pretty collection of crisp and shiny houses. It misses a relation to standard situations. It contains not much background or context information and it is to question whether all the 150 precedents are truly 'eco'. Having just 50 'best' houses but with more detailed and relevant information would be better. Neverthless mostly good picture material and nicely presented.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Complete waste of money - check it out first 23 Jun 2014
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I regret buying this book and would have sent it back, but could not be bothered for the price

It is small format ( 20 x 20 cm externally) and inside actually looks like a full format coffee table book which was shrunk by the publisher when they realised it would not sell. The diagrams are minute (e.g. full plan of large house on p 258 no more than 4 x 5 cm) with text to match

The houses are attractive, so the photos are too. But nothing special and nothing you would not see on free sites on the internet

Above all, the "advice" is almost laughably banal, e.g. "051 Research is being done on photo-chromatic materials that respond to changes in light..." p235. "080 Micro-wind turbines are an effective way of supplying energy for household use in places off grid" p 359. Really ? Who would have guessed ! Those two are not exceptional, rather chosen at random from the middle of the book.

I have had the book for some time and considered writing a review before but thought it the book would just fade away. Seeing the attempt to "bundle" it with the excellent Passiv Haus book made me write this review to stop you wasting your hard earned money.

In conclusion, do try to check it out before you buy. If I had flicked through it in a bookshop I would have left it. It really is "bargain books" material
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me 31 May 2014
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Only very radical designs, it would be impossible to get planning permission with most of them! Here in west of Ireland anyway...
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book to have for ideas 15 Dec 2012
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this is a great book to have if you need ideas, and if you are an architecture student.

would recommend, but not for £20.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of photos and great designs 8 July 2014
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Great collection of photos and great designs, but lacks a little substance in regard to the nitty-gritty of the various sustainable systems used in each house
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