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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best green building and refurbishment books, 19 July 2012
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This review is from: Ecominimalism: The Antidote to Eco-bling (Paperback)
My partner and I have had a business doing ecological refurbishments for the past twelve years and Eco Minimalism is our favourite book of our vast library of green building and design books. We have watched all the latest and greatest sustainable technologies come along only to lead to all sorts of unintended consequences, or just not deliver what it says on the tin. Howard cuts through all the 'bling', as he refers to it, and talks from deep experience about what really works. It feels like the UK could be doing so much more on the delivery of healthy and more energy efficient and comfortable homes if this books wisdom was embraced. Unfortunately much of what Howard talks about are simple and low tech solutions that are not where the capitalist consumerism industry wants to focus. We really appreciate that the author doesn't suffer fools and is wonderfully direct in sharing his views about what really works and what doesn't. We highly recommend this book as a wonderful guide and very straight talk about the simple approaches that work in creating sustainable homes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eco-minimalism, 19 April 2010
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This review is from: Ecominimalism: The Antidote to Eco-bling (Paperback)
Howard Liddell has written an excellent handy size book covering a range of Eco topics and giving them commonsense appraisal. For instance in D.I.Y stores we see home wind turbines being offered for sale without appropriate assessment of the wind conditions or the correct advice for attachment to buildings. The wider aspect of the impact of so called eco materials is also taken into account ie timber cladding and how it has been treated. We take many things for granted and have been led along marketing paths that have not always been in our best interest. Mr Liddell has addressed this with his book and allows us to see the wood for the trees. I can honestly say this book confirmed many doubts I had on some green issues and brought to light many more. Well worth reading
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4.0 out of 5 stars Avoiding eco-bling, 25 Mar 2013
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Really good introduction to this subject and way of thinking. Will be invaluable as I plan an extension and renovation project. It will help me to focus on the essentials and not get distracted by the shiney new things.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, 27 April 2011
This review is from: Ecominimalism: The Antidote to Eco-bling (Paperback)
Much promotion of eco-home technology has been by technoligical and materials interest-groups. Few books present such a deep understanding of just how much add-on 'eco-bling', as Howard Lidell calls it, has pervaded the consciousness of the public, politicians, and indeed property professionals in the widest sense, as coming to mean 'sustainable technology'. Howard Lidell has been considering these issues for 40 years as an academic and practitioner and he knows what he is talking about. He advocates a low-tech approach to eco-conscious buildlings, and he is absolutely right. This book was finally published a couple of years ago, however reading it recently, it has become clear that during the intervening time, its thesis and advocacy has become even more correct, despite these fast-changing times. A book ahead of its time. Read and enjoy.
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