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The Eco-Home Design Guide


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About the Author

Christopher Day has studied architecture and sculpture and has been committed to eco-architecture and an ecological lifestyle since the 1970s. He has received four design awards, including a Prince of Wales Award, for his work on eco-houses and Steiner schools. He pioneered a consensus design method, which has now been used in over 60 projects. As a designer, consultant, lecturer or teacher, Christopher has worked in 20 different countries from California, USA to New Zealand, managing the construction of 150+ eco-homes across many income-levels cultures and climates. Continuing to work despite being disabled for the last fifteen years, Christopher has developed a further specialism in adapting environmentally friendly buildings for disabled residents.


"This book is informative, and builders, designers or anyone planning a self-build
project will find much useful information and advice."

-- David Phythian

"Besides widening the eco-design debate beyond simplistic energy-conservation, this book describes complicated issues clearly enough for the most non-technical reader to understand."

-- Prof. Dr Justyn Ochocki, Medical University of Lodz

"Christopher is the UK's foremost practitioner of soulful architecture and place-making. I would urge anyone considering building a new house to read his latest gem, The Eco-Home Design Guide."

-- Peter Stirling, Managing Director, Stirling Developments Ltd

"The generous use of illustrations and side notes makes this an easy to use guide, and it is a must-have reference for every architect, homeowner, and developer in the operation and construction of homes, retail, and office buildings."

-- Richard Erganian, developer

"A delightfully accessible reach-for book. I find so many people blundering and wandering in circles on their eco house creation journey, this is just the thing they were missing."

-- Vicky Moller, Welsh Assembly election candidate for Plaid Cymru, Party of Wales

"A unique text in the study of the elements which constitutes effective, sustainable architectural de-sign for healthy living."

-- Lino Bianco, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta

"Christopher Day is one of Britain's most outstanding holistic and ecological architects and this book is a timely gift when freeing ourselves from the dependence on fossil fuel has become an urgent imperative."

-- Satish Kumar, Editor-in-Chief, Resurgence & Ecologist magazine

"This book is an ideal guide for those who wish to explore to the greatest depth the possibilities for designing their own eco-homes."

-- Professor Chris Tweed, Welsh School of Architecture

"In The Eco-Home Design Guide, Christopher Day makes the technical simple even for non-scientific readers. With gentle humour, this most gifted of architects shares his vision of a living architecture, demonstrating that eco-design CAN be supremely nourishing for the soul."

-- Susan Swire, Author of Secrets of the Feel-Good Home

"You could hardly find a better man to lead you through the challenging process of creating an eco home from scratch, or of renovating an existing building to meet eco criteria."

-- Angela Neustatter, journalist and author of A Home for the Heart

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