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Building Your Own Sustainable and Energy Efficient House

Henry Skates

  • Format: Book

  • Publisher: Crowood Press

  • Date Published: Apr 2011

  • Stock Code: 74694

  • ISBN: 9781847972583

  • Binding: Hardback

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Many people aspire to one day build a house for themselves but for one reason or another they have never taken the plunge. This book explains how to go about building a home that will save you money, save energy, minimise carbon emissions and greenhouse gas production (the main cause of climate change) and above all, provide a home of exceptional thermal comfort, not too hot, not too cold, in fact just right for you and your family.

This invaluable, well-illustrated book is aimed primarily at self-builders and those who wish to shadow the work of subcontractors they employ. It provides a step-by-step guide to the whole process from your first notion to build, right the way through to completion. It will help you make decisions as to what parts of the process you will tackle yourself and which parts you will commission others to do for you. In particular it emphasises energy efficiency in both the design and construction phases for the two common methods of building: masonry and timber-frame construction. Checklists are provided in every chapter to ensure that all of the major issues have been adequately dealt with. If you think that you are up to the task then you can use the checklists to ensure that you have covered all of the relevant tasks associated with the particular phase. If, however, you are paying somebody else to do the work for you, then you can use the checklist at a briefing document and a quality control measure to ensure that the main aspects of the particular process are covered.

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