By Christopher Day
Designing an eco-house is as a lot approximately operating together with your common atmosphere because it is set making plans to take advantage of the fitting fabrics to your construction. during this booklet, Christopher Day attracts on his vast event to give an explanation for the major rules of ecological condominium layout. superbly illustrated, it highlights how aesthetics come up from eco-responsible layout: they aren't accessories, nor are ecology and artwork in conflict.
This booklet offers you crucial suggestions in operating along with your atmosphere, knowing what you are able to do your self, picking your fabrics, ensuring your eco domestic matches your wishes, eco-building with out counting on know-how, and refitting an current construction. This booklet is key for someone who desires to create a gorgeous domestic that's in concord with its place, is a fit and delightful position to stay, and is environmentally pleasant.
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G. in desert nights or freeze-dried Arctic conditions), there’s little convective heat loss. Radiation, being unaffected by humidity, is then the principal mode of heat loss. Dry air’s lower conductivity is one reason wooden and earthen houses feel warmer than they actually are: both clay and wood moderate humidity. Even thin clay plaster helps. The other reason they feel warmer is to do with radiation. We radiate heat to cold surfaces: the colder they are and the larger the surface we’re exposed to, the more heat we lose.
Carpeting floors and fabric-covering chairs) to produce low-conductivity surfaces. 2 The same principles apply for buildings as for heating bodies, but the practice is different. Buildings lose some heat by conduction to ground, a little by radiation (especially through windows) but most by convection (after conduction to air) – especially from the roof (more exposure to wind and, as hot air rises to ceilings, greater temperature difference). g. basements, earthsheltered buildings, cave-dwellings) tend to maintain stable temperatures.
Such timber doesn’t need ‘treating’ (meaning: poisoning). Some wood is more prone to woodworm attack than others: British-grown Sitka Spruce, for instance, makes nice poles but as it grows much faster than in the Arctic, there’s more sapwood for them to feast on. They also seem to enjoy eating smaller branches of Ash. Termites, incidentally, are structural engineers: they always leave enough sound wood to hold their home up. If you move furniture around, however, you may redistribute the loads so the house collapses: both the termites and you become homeless.
The Eco-Home Design Guide. Principles and Practice for New-Build and Retrofit by Christopher Day
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