The Eco-Home Design Guide: Principles and Practice for New-Build and Retrofit

Author(s): Christopher Day


Designing an eco home is as much about working with your natural surroundings as it is about planning to use the right materials for your building. In this book, Christopher Day draws on his extensive experience to explain the key principles of eco-home design, focussing on natural methods rather than expensive technology. Beautifully illustrated, it highlights how aesthetics, comfort, and economy arise from eco-responsible design: they're not add-ons, nor are ecology and art in conflict. This book will give you essential guidance in: * Working with your surroundings * Understanding what you can do yourselves * Choosing your materials * Making sure your eco home suits your needs * Ecobuilding without relying on technology * Refitting an existing building


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"Besides widening the eco-design debate beyond simplistic energy-conservation, this book describes complicated issues clearly enough for the most non-technical reader to understand." -- Prof. Dr Justyn Ochocki, Medical University of Lodz "Christopher is the UK's foremost practitioner of soulful architecture and place-making. I would urge anyone considering building a new house to read his latest gem, The Eco-Home Design Guide." -- Peter Stirling, Managing Director, Stirling Developments Ltd "The generous use of illustrations and side notes makes this an easy to use guide, and it is a must-have reference for every architect, homeowner, and developer in the operation and construction of homes, retail, and office buildings." -- Richard Erganian, developer "A delightfully accessible reach-for book. I find so many people blundering and wandering in circles on their eco house creation journey, this is just the thing they were missing." -- Vicky Moller, Welsh Assembly election candidate for Plaid Cymru, Party of Wales "A unique text in the study of the elements which constitutes effective, sustainable architectural de-sign for healthy living." -- Lino Bianco, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta "Christopher Day is one of Britain's most outstanding holistic and ecological architects and this book is a timely gift when freeing ourselves from the dependence on fossil fuel has become an urgent imperative." -- Satish Kumar, Editor-in-Chief, Resurgence & Ecologist magazine "This book is an ideal guide for those who wish to explore to the greatest depth the possibilities for designing their own eco-homes." -- Professor Chris Tweed, Welsh School of Architecture "In The Eco-Home Design Guide, Christopher Day makes the technical simple even for non-scientific readers. With gentle humour, this most gifted of architects shares his vision of a living architecture, demonstrating that eco-design CAN be supremely nourishing for the soul." -- Susan Swire, Author of Secrets of the Feel-Good Home "You could hardly find a better man to lead you through the challenging process of creating an eco home from scratch, or of renovating an existing building to meet eco criteria." -- Angela Neustatter, journalist and author of A Home for the Heart

Christopher Day has studied architecture and sculpture and has been committed to eco-architecture and an ecological lifestyle since the 1970s. He has received four design awards, including a Prince of Wales Award, for his work on eco-houses and Steiner schools. He pioneered a consensus design method, which has now been used in over 60 projects. As a designer, consultant, lecturer or teacher, Christopher has worked in 20 different countries from California, USA to New Zealand, managing the construction of 150+ eco-homes across many income-levels cultures and climates. Continuing to work despite being disabled for the last fifteen years, Christopher has developed a further specialism in adapting environmentally friendly buildings for disabled residents.

General Fields

  • : 9780857843050
  • : Green Books
  • : Green Books
  • : 0.839
  • : October 2015
  • : 255mm X 205mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 75 black & white illustrations
  • : 256
  • : Paperback
  • : Christopher Day