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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006196879X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061968792
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 8 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Featuring an extensive collection of full-color photographs, 150 Best Eco House Ideas features eco-friendly house designs created by internationally renowned architects and designers who have achieved practical, innovative, and stunning solutions adapted to the specific needs and tastes of their clients. Included here are the latest innovations in sustainable home design, including solar paneling, wind energy systems, environmentally-friendly heating and cooling solutions, thermal glazing, and trombe walls.

150 Best Eco House Ideas covering the diversity of current trends in sustainable home design, and is both the perfect resource for designers, interior decorators, and architects, as well an inspirational sourcebook for all homeowners interested in creating warm and inviting homes that cause only a fraction of the environmental impact of those created using conventional building methods.

About the Author

Marta Serrats is a design editor for Loft Publications, and an expert in architecture and store displays. She is the author of such highly acclaimed titles as New Shops and Boutiques, Capturing Space, Point of Purchase, and Unique Packaging.


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Customer Reviews

This book has a few really good ideas in with other "look at me" presentations.
Dr. James Berryhill
I wish there had been just a littl emore background on materials and the architects but it was not meant to be a technical guide.
Michael F. Knight
150 Best Eco House Ideas by Marta Serrats is a beautifully crafted book with lots of photographs.
Foodie Designer

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on May 7, 2011
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Some beautiful photos and interesting ideas, but again almost no written details. Will use for inspiration for design, but will have to refer to technical books for any real information on the how and why the passive/active techniques work.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Foodie Designer on February 24, 2011
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150 Best Eco House Ideas by Marta Serrats is a beautifully crafted book with lots of photographs. As a green designer, I always read books in my field and am delighted to report that this one did not disappoint. I have found many people to be daunted at the prospect of building green....how to do so, the costs, etc. This book makes doing so no longer a daunting task.

Photographs feature homes built by internationally recognized architects and designers...there are some real beauties in this book.

The book covers the heating and cooling systems in a home, including geothermal, wind, solar and passive solar. It also covers green materials to use throughout your home, from glass, to building materials and eco-friendly insulation. How to select sustainable materials, what flooring, wall coverings and much more.

The book also explains how materials that aren't green affect the environment and make for poor indoor air quality.

150 Best Eco House ideas makes going green a no-brainer....healthy for you and the environment.

As a green designer, I also recommend HARMONIOUS ENVIRONMENT to help make green and stylish choices in furniture, accessories and cleaning products.

Highly recommend!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By islander on March 13, 2011
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I've purchased other books in this series and have been happy with the variety of homes shown. However, this book was disappointing in that the same design details were shown more than enough. Homes with wooden slat walls or dividers were constantly repeated throughout the book. Not much was said for the write ups on green-friendly building materials. The last section included random furnishings that had nothing to really contribute to the theme of the book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By michael deenihan on April 3, 2012
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I'll start off with the good aspects of this book.
-cheap
-easy read
-interesting designs
now the negative
- might as well just do a Google image search because its just pretty much just pictures.
- Doesn't really help those who are looking to build.
Its not a bad book but there is no more useful information in it then any green living website.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Yo Oliver on February 9, 2013
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This book has beautiful photography. I find the information about eco principles is very brief and the snippets don't relate clearly to the photographs. I was expecting to get photographs with explanatory notes on how the eco ideas were utilised in the designs. There are plans included but they are so small I have difficulty reading them. Recommended for the photography, but this is not an instructional book on eco principles.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James K on May 21, 2013
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I'm really sorry, but I have to say that while I understand the concept behind this book, it falls well short of the mark from my point of view. The photography is of acceptable quality, but really for the amount of detail shown in them, they're really too small. This may be the fault of the publisher, not the author, because the physical size is really to small to display the photographs properly. There is a real lack of detailed text about each house, and the illustrations also suffer the same fate as the photographs- they're too small, and I would have appreciated much more detail in them. Personally I would have preferred a "50" or "75 Best Eco House Ideas" in a larger form factor with much more detail about each house, than what this is- an undersized, detail-lacking coffee table book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By paul on May 28, 2013
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This is a very high quality production with excellent photographs and some very good ideas. The idea of 'eco', is however, very slippery at times. Some of the houses are so large that their very construction would vastly negate the minimal amount of environmental benefits derived from excellent insluation or a rack of solar panels. Many of the homes are so mainstream that they are not very 'eco' at all. There are some great ideas and very clever examples of intelligent design. I would definitely recemmend this book for anyone who wants to get some good ideas for their own house design, but, well, Americans really don't do anything on a realistic scale and many of the houses in this book are too extravagant to be a source of 'inspiration'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. James Berryhill on February 13, 2013
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This book has a few really good ideas in with other "look at me" presentations. Fortunately the really good ideas are worth the read, but it is not really for most people looking for inspiration for an inexpensive modern home.
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