S. Roaf
Architectural Press | 0750649046 | 2001 | PDF | 352 pages | 7 Mb

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Now in its 3rd edition, the bestselling Ecohouse continues to be both a technical guide and an inspiration for thousands of architects, designers and eco-builders all over the world.

As the need to slow climate change becomes increasingly urgent, growing numbers of people are looking to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of their buildings by using more ecologically sound techniques. Ecohouse provides design information about the latest low-impact materials and technologies, showcasing the newest and best ‘green’ solutions with international case studies demonstrating sustainable design in action around the world.

This edition has been expanded to include advice on powering Ecohouses using renewable energy - including wind, micro hydro and heat pumps - and an introduction to low impact building materials such as lime, earth and hemp. New case studies from across the globe have been added to inspire readers with real life examples of how to make an Ecohouse work

Just reading this book won't save the world from the impact of climate change - but if everyone from governments down to householders followed its advice we might just begin to turn the tide.

Additional audience:
Eco-enthusiasts and green self-builders will appreciate the handy hints and references on refurbishment and advice on how to kit out their Ecohouse with the greenest appliances and fittings.

Lecturers and students on sustainable design and construction courses will find the latest real-world case studies fascinating and a great source of inspiration for their studio project work.


1 The form of the house: the building as an analogy 15
2 The environmental impact of building materials 38
Andre Viljoen and Katrin Bohn
3 Detailing the envelope 63
4 Building-in soul 85
Christopher Day
5 Ventilation 95
6 Health and happiness in the home 123
7 Passive solar design 148
8 Photovoltaics 165
9 Solar hot water systems 200
10 Using water wisely 216

Case study introduction: towards the new vernacular 239

Owner Place Country Designer/Architect/Team
1 Sue Roaf Oxford UK Sue Roaf and David Woods 242
2 Inglis & Goudsmit Findhorn Scotland Johan Vorster 246
3 Økologiske Hus AS, Marnardal Norway Bjørn Berge, Gaia, Lista AS 251
Norges Forskningstråd,
statens Forurensningstilsyn
4 Krister Wiberg Lund Sweden Krister Wiberg 254
5 Dr and Mrs Ramlal Hyderabad India Prashant Kapoor, Saleem Akhtar, 256
Arun Prasad, Manuel Fuentes
6 Syounai Hamamatsu Japan OM Solar 262
7 Mr and Mrs I. Sagara Inagi Tokyo, Japan Ken-ichi Kimura, Mr H Matsuoka 266
8 Jimmy Lim Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Jimmy Lim, CSL Associates 268
9 Ministry of Construction, Surabaya Indonesia Prof. Silas, Dr Y Kodama 272
10 F. and F. Riedweg Townsville Australia Felix Riedweg 275
11 Graham Duncan Waiheke Island New Zealand Graham Duncan 279
12 Ashok and Rajiv Lall Delhi India Ashok Lall Architects 282
13 M. L. Bidani Delhi India Arvind Krishan 288
14 Isaac Meir Negev Desert Israel Isaac Meir 291
15 Manuel Fuentes and Bariloche Argentina Manuel Fuentes 296
Ana Lopez
16 David Morrison and Oyster Pond St Maarten David Morrison Associates 303
Susan Parson
17 Jose Roberto Mexico City Mexico Jose Roberto Garcia-Chavez 308
18 Richard Levine Lexington, KT USA Richard Levine 313
19 Charles Middleton Gravenhurst, Canada Charles Middleton 317
20 Christopher Day Pembrokeshire Wales Christopher Day 321
21 David Johnson Monmouth Wales Andrew Yeats, Matthew Hill, 325
Steve Wade


EcoTech Magazine
'A must-read for architects, builders and eco-house enthusiasts!' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Reviews for the First Edition of Ecohouse:

"It's great to read a book with a no-nonsense message."
The Architectural Review

"Sue Roaf has been able to show wonderful examples of climate-sensitive design from around the world. She addresses the architectural issues head on. The book is a good read, wonderfully illustrated and full of inspiration for the eco-enthusiast or self builder."
5-star Amazon customer review

"I was prepared to find some of the sections a bit too techie, but in fact was riveted from start to finish. Very well written throughout and the case studies are fantastic."
5-star Amazon customer review

Reviews for Ecohouse 2:
'A must-read for architects, builders and eco-house enthusiasts!'
EcoTech Magazine

'As straightforward and compelling as Ed Mazria's The Passive Solar Energy Book (1979), this seminal work is today's most accessible guide for aspiring designers of sustainable residential buildings worldwide.'
Society of Building Science Educators

Ecohouse 2 is a valuable introduction to green building principles.-- Energy Design Update --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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