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Very useful for selfbuilders who intend to employ professionals to achieve ...
on 2 January 2015
The book concentrates on concepts rather than details and lines you up for talking to Architects and Consultants who can help you to achieve a Passivhaus design as one big expensive project. Very useful for selfbuilders who intend to employ professionals to achieve their dreams.
I did not really need too much discussion on the concepts and was looking for practical guidance on how to move forward in retrofitting my old house using suitable contractors or even DIY. I cannot do the required work all in one go but want to retrofit over the years - one detail/one room at a time in line with my ability to raise the money.
This book does not adequately deal with the issues of retrofit. For example, there is only one small paragraph on the subject of suspended wooden floors. This is not good given that the subtitle of the book claims that it does deal with retrofitting. There are millions of houses in the UK that look just like mine but the book directs me to an Architect to provide bespoke 'details' for my house. The details should be within this book!
On the subject of communication style: the writing is too wordy where some simple drawings/sketches would have been much more effective. Illustrations are usually in the form of photographs with no annotations. These illustrate the issues being discussed only if you do know what you are looking at!