Download Info on Sustainable Home Refurbishment

Sustainable Home Refurbishment: The Earthscan Expert Guide to Retrofitting Homes for Efficiency by David ThorpeExpert advice on renovating a home to the highest standards

For just £1 each, you can buy individual chapters below from David Thorpe's definitive book The Expert Guide to Sustainable Home Refurbishment on the topics listed – or buy the whole book.

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"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.

insulation and draughtproofing homesStart here

This introductory chapter explains basic concepts like insulation units, power and energy; the national and global context; the principles you should employ, like doing more with less to obtain real value; and outlines the standards that may be achieved.

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draughtproofing homes by blocking holesQuick Wins

Everything you can do at little or no cost to block unwanted draughts and damp; basic stuff that will start saving you money straight away: seal types, doors & windows & frames, lofts, service entries, floors, shutters, curtains, cavity walls, chimneys, vents, air bricks & eaves.

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insulation materials for the homeInsulation materials

Technical information about the performance and characteristics of all common insulation materials. A discussion of criteria and evaluation of their characteristics, insulation value, composition, life cycle impacts, healthiness, value; pros & cons.

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insulation strategies for the homeInsulation strategies

If you can't tackle the whole building at once, this is how to insulate the walls (internally or externally), roofs (flat, cold or warm attics), floors, etc. one by one. How ‘tight’ and ‘warm’ should it be? How to deal with damp & older, solid walled homes, and ensure ‘wind tightness’.

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How to achieve Passivhaus airtightness standardPassivhaus Standard

If it's a complete building makeover, then this ambitious target may cost 15% more, but after 10 years or so pay back a significant return on investment. Modelling heat flow through materials, construction details, obtaining airtightness & breathability, and scrutinising installation

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triple-glazing windows for maximum insulation and solar gainWindows & doors

Features of high performance doors and windows, types of glazing and coatings for optimising capture of thw sun's light and heat (solar gain). Tips on fitting windows and doors, their thermal conductivity, PVC vs. timber, light tubes, shutters, blinds, controls and secondary glazing.

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heating controls for energy efficiencyHeating & ventilation

Controlling the internal climate and air quality to minimise energy use for heating, cooling and health. Fans, heat recovery, passive cooling, Phase Change Materials, heat pumps for cooling and underfloor heating, solar power, biomass stoves, boilers & controls.

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draughtproofing homes by blocking holesWater & plumbing

Efficient water use and heating: water meters, solar water heating system design, boilers, pipes (width & length matters), lagging, leaks, toilets, taps, showers & baths, washing machines, dishwashers, rainwater collection, greywater recycling, flood prevention, drainage.

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smart meters for energy efficiency in the homeElectricity supply

It's cheaper to reduce electricity use than generate your own, and this tells you how to do both: electricity explained; voltage optimisation, smart meters & homes, light-bulbs, energy use of gadgets & appliances, renewables, photovoltaics, micro-chp, renewable gas, feed-in-tariffs.

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draughtproofing homes by blocking holesMaterials & garden

Sourcing materials, their environmental life-cycle impacts & embodied energy, waste reduction and reuse/recycling, designing for deconstruction, timber, lime, finishes and paints, floor coverings, ironmongery, the surrounding environment, health, plants, gardens, green roofs and walls.

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