Your Naturally Healthy Home: Stylish, Safe, Simple

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Traditionally, says the author, home furnishings needed to be practical, durable, and beautiful. To this, Berman has added the need to be safe in the home and for the environment. And so Berman looks to longstanding traditions of home building, where less was more, local materials were employed, rawer materials used, processed materials produced cleanly, and breakdown upon disposal was not a millennial affair. Four chapters address design and environment; light, heat, and air; materials; and information on household appliances, eco-labeling, and chemicals. The book is replete with impressive color photos and a short list of sources to find advice and materials. Berman is an architect in England increasingly involved with environmental design. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Alan Berman is a partner in Berman Guedes Stretton Architects, based in Oxford, England. He has extensive experience in renovating historic properties as well as in designing new buildings and interiors. His practice is becoming increasingly involved with environmental design, and he sees this as a key concern in the building and decorating of homes in the future. Berman is also the author of Floor Magic. Away from the drawing board, he is an enthusiastic potter and a collector of Eastern rugs.

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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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