From Publishers Weekly
Also from Rodale, Alan Berman's Your Naturally Healthy Home: Stylish, Safe, Simple offers practical advice on making the home healthier and more ecologically sound. For homeowners building or substantially remodeling, Berman (Floor Magic) explores environmentally responsible design. Keeping in mind that some may seek smaller-scale changes, he addresses TVs, computers, microwaves, radiators and many other household fixtures. He also discusses fragrances, ventilation, radon, insulation and lighting, includes a list of chemicals to avoid and decodes current eco-labeling systems. Berman also reflects briefly on ways homeowners can reduce their consumption of natural resources e.g., water-saving toilets. Those wary of ecological asceticism will appreciate Berman's calm, realistic tone and concern for comfort and elegance. Photos not seen by PW. Aug. 8)
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From Library Journal
As Berman states in his introduction, "Responsible design needs to take into account the issues involved in design choice personal circumstances, global and personal environmental health, transport issues, as well as ethical production." Berman reviews all these elements as they relate to home design, including how to improve the light and ventilation and control temperature and noise. Chapters on paint, fabrics, and floor coverings provide charts that evaluate the environmental impact of the materials. The resource directory lists energy-saving tips as well as contact information for various environmental organizations and for companies that make environmentally friendly products. An excellent resource for a neglected area in interior design.
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