PAT BORER & CINDY HARRIS, CENTRE FOR ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGY / WALTER SEGAL SELF BUILD TRUST. www.cat.org.uk 1SBN 1-898049-12-2 £13.50 (P&P £1.50)
If you want to really understand modern post and beam construction and understand something about environmental issues this is a great buy.
THE WHOLE HOUSE BOOK
PAT BORER & CINDY HARRIS, CENTRE FOR ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGY www.cat.org.uk
Now in its second edition and completly updated. Almost certainly the best book around looking at all issues concerning emvironmental building. It covers materials, services, design and examples. Should be in every architects and builders office. A wonderful investment.
THE HOUSEBUILDER'S BIBLE, MARK BRINKLEY, OVOLO PUBLISHING
Tel: 01480 891595 www.thebuildingsite.com ISBN 0-9524852-4-9 £19.95 INC P&P
The first stop for most self builders. Easy to read and regularly updated. Well illustrated with solid information.
THE GREEN BUILDING BIBLE 4th Edition in 2 volumes EDITED BY KIETH HALL,
£9.50 each or £17.00for both INC P&P
THE GREEN BUILDING PRESS, PO BOX 32, LLANDYSUL, SA44 5ZA. Tel: 01559 370798
www.newbuilder.co.uk ISBN 1-898130-02-7
The 4th edition of this must have publication for anyone interested in environmental building issues. Volume 1 is packed with a huge range of basic information while volume 2 has serious depth details a challenging but stunning read. This is a wonderful publication at a great price. Buy both now.
Julian Owen is an architect and this makes his book quite different from other self build books, It is very solid information about getting the job done well, no waffle just solid information. A great book to get you and your thinking organised. Excellent.
If your project involves using a contractor or subcontractors then this is a good investment. Covering areas such as pricing, overseeing work, legal responsibilities preparing a breif etc. I bet it could well save you far more than the cover price. And it may well help you sleep better.
THE HAYNES ECO-HOUSE MANUAL Nigel Griffiths £19.99 Haynes publishing
Produced in the typical Haynes style with loads of illustrations and very soild information probably the best book around on renovation. Nigel has experience in eco building and this shows.Excellent value for money.
THE ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME Patrick Waterfield £16.99 Crowood Press
If you want a solid introduction to energy issues, insulation, design etc. This is a bout as good as it gets just the right amount of technical info and forulas to get you thinking but not to overwhelm you. Well illustrated.
The Centre for Alternative Technology and Green Books publish and distributes a large range of books on all aspects of environmentally friendly design ideas such as wind power, solar, sewage etc. Their book lists are available from:
SELF BUILD & DESIGN
HOMEBUILDING AND RENOVATION
BUILDING FOR A FUTURE MAGAZINE
Carmarthenshire SA44 5EJ
The only magazine published in the UK totally devoted to environmental building issues. Articles on aspects of the building process, current thinking, materials and energy conservation as well as debates around environmental issues. A good read and well worth supporting.
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