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Sustainable Home Refurbishment

The Earthscan Expert Guide to Retrofitting Homes for Efficiency

Sustainable Home Refurbishment by David Thorpe
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A retro-fit offers many benefits: cutting electricity and heating bills, increasing the resale value of homes, slashing carbon emissions and creating a healthier place to live. This book is the guide to making it happen. It looks at: 

  • draught-proofing, insulation and damp
  • ventilation, heating and cooling
  • electrical efficiency and renewable energy
  • water use and re-use
  • materials' life cycles and incorporating nature
  • protection from climate change impacts - modelling energy flows and embodied energy
  • how we can meet the need to cut carbon emissions from dwellings by eighty percent by 2050.

Projects can apply to apartment blocks, recent builds and older, solid-walled properties. Enlivened with helpful diagrams and photographs, plus plenty of pointers for further information, it provides a comprehensive resource handbook for any building professional and contractor, students – or any homeowner serious about efficiency (cash and carbon) savings.

Taylor and Francis; September 2010
256 pages; ISBN 9781136531514
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Title: Sustainable Home Refurbishment
Author: David Thorpe
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