Eco: An Essential Sourcebook for Environmentally Friendly Design and Decoration|
by Elizabeth Wilhide (Author)
The world stands on the brink of an environmental crisis and the scale of the
problem is daunting. But if everyone played their part, the cumulative benefit
to the environment would be far-reaching. And where better to start than in our
own homes? A must-have reference book with the most up-to-date information, plus
inspirational photographs, Eco proves that sustainability in the home is both
achievable and beautiful.
In the first part, Design, Elizabeth Wilhide focuses on the fundamentals to be
considered, whether you are planning home improvements or building a house from
scratch. These include siting, construction, energy efficiency, water and waste,
gardening, and landscaping. Fifteen case studies demonstrate how architects from
around the world have tackled these issues and succeeded in creating sustainable
yet aspirational, liveable homes.
The second part, Surfaces and Finishes, provides an illustrated directory of the
materials and surface finishes that are available to the eco-conscious
homeowner, ranging from wood, bamboo, paper, and natural fibers to stone,
linoleum, glass, metal, recycled plastic, and concrete.
Finally, In Practice offers strategies for eco-living that deliver maximum
benefit with minimal changes of lifestyle. These are strategies--reducing
consumption, repairing rather than replacing, recycling wherever possible--that
everyone can adopt, whatever sort of home you live in.
Whether you follow Eco to the letter or adopt a more piecemeal approach, you can
relax in the knowledge that every little bit counts. You will enjoy lower fuel
bills and fewer allergy-related illnesses, but above all, you will be helping to
make the world a healthier place for future generations.
About the Author
Elizabeth Wilhide is the author and coauthor of many acclaimed books on design
and interiors, including Materials: A Directory for Design. Among her other
books are Creating Space, Contemporary Decorating, The Flooring Book and
Lighting, and she has contributed to many of Terence Conran's books, including
Terence Conran's Essential House Book and Terence Conran on Design.
Paperback: 184 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications (June 6, 2006)