My new book, Sustainable Home Refurbishment: The Earthscan Expert Guide to Retrofitting Homes for Efficiency, is out now, published by Earthscan.
"This is an excellent book - comprehensively-researched, powerfully-presented and crystal clear. It should be the first stop for anyone seeking objective advice in a field cluttered with misleading claims. I couldn't recommend it more strongly." - George Monbiot
"As the idea of radical retrofit of our existing housing stock gradually moves from geek-dom to chic-dom, this book is a must have for all involved in this burgeoning industry. This book is both for the capable amateur and the professionally engaged.
"There is all the detail you could wish for with a vast array of practical examples and materials. This is not a book for the total novice but is a life saver for anyone on the road to radical retrofit.
"We can't recommend it highly enough. David has managed to make the book a good and interesting ready whilst managing to get all the necessary hard-core energy information in there as well." - Penney Poyzer (tv presenter, writer, Queen of Green, grass roots activist) and Gil Schalom (architect) .
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 80% by 2050.
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.
1. Airtightness: Reducing Energy Demand for Heating and Cooling
2. Insulation Materials
3. Insulation Strategies
4. Going All The Way - Towards Passivhaus
5. Windows and Doors
6. Ventilation, Cooling and Heating
7. Water Management
8. Electricity Efficiency and Supply
9. Contextual Issues