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Description - Sustainable Home Refurbishment: The Earthscan Expert Guide to Retrofitting Homes for Efficiency by David Thorpe

A retro-fit offers many benefits: cutting electricity and heating bills, increasing the resale value of homes, slashing carbon emissions and creating a healthier place to live. This book is the guide to making it happen. 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 eighty percent by 2050.

Projects can apply to apartment blocks, recent builds and older, solid-walled properties. 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.

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