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DIARY OF AN ECO-BUILDER
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DIARY OF AN ECO-BUILDER

Will Anderson
2006 p/b

Will Anderson shared his ideas and experiences in building an eco-house through his regular weekly column in The Independent newspaper.

From finding a building plot in London - which to many estate agents approached seemed like asking the impossible. Never giving up Will found a maybe plot, but as the agent said "Land, sir? As a matter of fact a building plot has just come in. A bit tricky though-there's a bloody great tree in the way." Two years later this wonderful book was started - from 1st September 2004 to 22nd February 2006 everything was recorded. A real diary with all the day-to-day challenges.

He turns a vision of a beautiful highly-energy efficient and sustainable home into reality, highlighting all the key issues which arise when building with the environment in mind. It logs so much information from start to finish. Think of such words as 'climate-sensitive design, heat pumps, materials, rainwater harvesting, passive cooling, drainage, the costs of building green, lighting, architects, green electricity, insulation, photovoltaics, paints, energy rating' and that is only about a third of the subjects covered.
Throughout, it is honest, amusing and inspiring about the self-build process. It also provides useful contacts and references at each stage.
I think it is one of the best books ever on this subject and could go
on writing its praises, but the best thing to do is to buy a copy and
read for yourself.
256pp
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