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Eco House Book [Hardcover]

Sir Terence Conran
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7 Sep 2009
Buildings are the biggest polluters on the planet, responsible for a far greater proportion of the carbon dioxide emissions that get pumped into the atmosphere every year than cars, planes or factories. Just as we are urged to change our lifestyles to reduce our carbon footprint and consumption of water, there is a great deal we can do to convert our existing homes into greener, healthier places to live. Most homes, even those built relatively recently, are not decorated, designed, constructed or serviced with eco-friendliness in mind. But you don't have to start again from scratch to make a huge difference to the way your home impacts on the environment. From relatively small and economic changes to more dramatic overhauls, there has never been a better time to green your home.Home improvement has a wider remit these days than simply changing the way your home looks or functions. Environmental issues should be part of every decision you make on the home front - from selecting fabric for soft furnishings to designing and siting a home extension. Including tips, advice on material choices and design directions, The Eco House Book provides all the information you need to reduce your home's carbon footprint and in the process directly improve the quality of your life.


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Conran (7 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840915226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840915228
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Terence Conran is one of the world's leading designers, furniture-makers, restaurateurs, retailers. He is chairman of Conran Holdings, the parent company of his retail and restaurant businesses, and Chairman of Conran & Partners, his architecture and design practice. There are Conran Shops in London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Marunouchi, Nogoya and Fukoka. Terence also designs furniture for Content and Benchmark. In 1989 he founded the Design Museum, the first of its kind in the world, and his is the Provost of the Royal College of Art.

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This large-format publication continues Conran's long-standing "House Book" series. His design influence in the UK is perhaps equivalent to Martha Stewart's here. Not as comprehensive as his Ultimate House Book, this new effort, devoted to green building touches on siting, orientation, building materials, finishes, gardens, recyling, energy saving, and home-scale energy generation. Conran also dicusses conversions and adding on. Quality color photographs show innovative design approaches and detailing, though carpets and curtains are rare. In the final section,"Case Studies," Conran profiles 17 green homes located in Europe, the United States, and Australia. Whether new builds or renovations, most featured reused materials. Each receives a floor plan or sectional drawing. Terminology is steadfastly British, and a resource list contains only a few American items. However, homeowners will find inspiration in these images of places attuned to nature. VERDICT: This worthy and sophisticated promotion of green building is recommended to those considering home additions or looking for design ideas. Library Journal"

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The complete guide to home improvement the environmentally friendly way. Details small, economic changes that can be made (including improving energy efficiency, water saving tips) to more dramatic overhauls (such as redesigning room use, extending your home). Terence Conran is the undisputed authority on design and his books, notably The Essential House Book and The Ultimate House Book, are international bestsellers. Includes more than 300 colour photographs.

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2.0 out of 5 stars nothing of intrest 3 Sep 2012
By bostock
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
nice photo's but no information about how to go about building or planning your project. nothing that you haven't all ready heard about elsewhere. A book for the coffee table but nothing else. the 2 stars are for the photo's
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2.0 out of 5 stars To flash 1 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This shows flash new homes. I expected home built eco houses in natural materialt. Inspiration to built for myself - but this is all clean lines and no soul
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice book with lot of purchase sources 3 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover
The book details the eco materials and their advantages for floors, roofs, etc. Very usefull for eco house builders with nice interior pictures as well e.g. stairs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Going to London Design Week? 12 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover
If you are going to London Design week - then this will be a real source of inspiration. Don't forget to go to Zimmer & Rhode though - they have some great freebies for those who love interior design. Shop Talk (Drayton Beauchamp)
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5.0 out of 5 stars great present 15 July 2010
By flower
Format:Hardcover
bought this as a birthday present. went down well. nice pictures and ideas for creating an eco-friendly house.
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