on 1 February 2010
This book is a disappointingly general, superficial review of energy efficiency in older homes. It is padded out with lots and lots of related but unhelpful government statistics, but there is very little specific information related to improving the energy efficiency of older homes. The book talks about the obvious, such as insulation and draught proofing, but there is very little on how to actually do these things with historic construction. The book "Eco-Refurbishment" by Peter F. Smith is a far better book on the subject.
on 4 September 2010
This is a really great introduction to the subject of improving the energy performance of old houses, from the medieval to the 1970s and goes into just enough technical detail, with many case studies that show how it is done. I would not hesitate to recommend this to the general reader or the building professional. General principles are covered and then there are several chapters which deal with each architectural period - from medieval and Georgian through to Victorian and post-war houses. The chapter on listed buildings and conservation areas is particular useful, and renewable energy is covered in the final chapter. This concise little book is so much better than the usual confusing, academic tombs that are published on this subject.