Sustainable Home Refurbishment: The Earthscan Expert Guide to Retrofitting Homes for Efficiency Hardcover – 30 Jun 2010
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'This is an excellent book ... It should be the first stop for anyone seeking objective advice in a field cluttered with misleading claims. I couldn't recommend it more strongly.' George Monbiot
'At last, a sensible book on eco-renovation that is full of useful facts ... Earthscan bill these volumes as expert handbooks and they do not disappoint. They will save you from making costly mistakes and are well worth the cover price.' Permaculture Magazine
'We can't recommend this book highly enough. David Thorpe has produced an interesting read whilst managing to also include all the necessary technical energy information. This should be required reading for the capable amateur and the professionally engaged, as well as students and qualified architects.' Penney Poyzer, campaigner low carbon living and working and Gil Schalom, green architect; co-owners of the pioneering Nottingham ecohome, the UK's first radical eco-retrofit
'This book should be read by anyone engaged in domestic energy efficiency programmes. It goes back to basics and sets out systematically and incrementally how to approach the refurbishment of existing homes which will result in reduced energy demand and lower bills.' Jenny Saunders, Chief Executive, National Energy Action
'David Thorpe's oh-so-valuable book excellently covers the full spectrum of low impact home refurbishment. It is jam-packed with detail, and rises to the challenge of being both useful and accessible to a range of people from construction professionals to the committed DIYer wanting to crack on in eco-refurb.' Simon McWhirter, Director, Great British Refurb Campaign
'If you haven't got a copy go out and get one pronto!' mynewbookreview.blogspot.com
'Make[s] what can be a very complicated subject accessible ... a very good buy for homeowners and professionals looking at this subject for the first time.' Property Care Association
'Anyone considering refurbishing an older home ... will certainly benefit from reading this new book. It is packed with common sense, practical information and guidance ... Authoritative, skilfully edited and a well thought-out practical manual that will be very useful to practicing building engineers, contractors and even DIY'ers!' Building Engineer
About the Author
David Thorpe lives in the Dyfi Valley, mid-Wales and has been the News Editor of Energy and Environmental Management magazine for ten years. Prior to that he was Managing Editor and author at the Centre for Alterative Technology, where he edited The Whole House Book among many other titles. He writes a popular blog - The Low Carbon Kid - and for the Guardian online.
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Despite the book being relatively short, the author has packed in an astonishing amount of information. For example, an obvious question that everyone doing a retrofit is likely to ask is whether a vapour barrier should be added to a newly insulated suspended floor. The great majority of books simply ignore this question, leaving the reader confused and unsure of what to do. But Mr Thorpe provides an opinion at least.
The book is indeed short, and I found myself wanting more detail on many of the issues that are covered. Fortunately Mr Thorpe provides plenty of references in each chapter, so that the interested reader can look up more details. Overall, this book is excellent, and I can't recommend it enough to anyone who is planning to refurbish their house.
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Spot on for UK weather and typical detailing. OK for northern Europe, but watch out if you are in warmer climates. For those take care to reverse the vapour barrier locations.
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