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5.0 out of 5 stars Building Green, 31 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Building Green (Building Green: A Complete How-To Guide to Alternative) (Paperback)
I've only just started to read this enormous book but I like it already. I love the practical approach to this very interesting subject. For too long we have been living in houses which were designed to please the wants of developers and banks and insurance companies. I grew up in a post war pre-fab in central London. It was constructed as emergency housing and was on a plot of land that had been bombed in World War II. Apart from the terrible insulation it's construction was perfect as it was designed with the needs of the people that were to live in it in mind. I hope by the time I have finished reading this book that I will be armed with enough knowledge and confidence to either build something for myself or at least include the techniques into any alterations and development of an existing property.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, for four reasons, 2 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Building Green (Building Green: A Complete How-To Guide to Alternative) (Paperback)
Brilliant - but not just for the excellent illustrations, the absolutely practical approach ( they built a small house as an example, using four different wallings etc ) based firmly in just enough theory, the obvious real-life experience. No....For two things. Above all, because they are not evangelist for any single technique so they discuss ( and show ) how each works with detailed working instructions. And because they talk about problems and show them - what they did wrong, what they learnt, what are the issues with fixing straw infill to wood posts, organising volunteers ( ' never do cob with a working group..., but straw bale walls maybe, because...'), bowed framing, roofs that are too heavy..... Gritty reality - 'This small house actually took a year, was 30% over budget because...,' . I speak as somone who has built a rammed earth house and an adobe house - I learnt a lot . Outstanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive, 6 Mar. 2014
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worthy guide and introduction to using green building materials and techniques.found the straw bale info useful.a lot of what im planning at the moment may remain theory but def would not bother with a living roof as they seem complex,not that green.great idea about using old bottles or glass containers as glass bricks.some good building tips and theory here and left me more interested and motivated
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