David Thorpe - Author

About the Author

David is the author of Hybrids - "Essential reading for the cyberspace generation" - Winner of the HarperCollins-Saga Magazine 2006 Childrens Novelist competition, a novella: Doc Chaos: the Chernobyl Effect, and has written many comics and cartoon strips such as Captain Britain, Doc Chaos, Public Servants and Managing Hell.

He also writes environmental material, non-fiction and journalism – such as for the Guardian Online - as this is a big passion for him. His non-fiction includes educational books for kids, such as How The World Works.

He was also a co-founder and committee member of the London Screenwriters Workshop, and co-wrote The Fastest Forward for Comic Relief, a feature film starring Jerry Hall. His career includes tv and film scriptwriting and interactive scriptwriting. And being the only person in the world (probably) to hold a degree in Dada and Surrealism!

He runs his own media company, Cyberium (a marriage of delirium and cybernetics!) He lives in beautiful mid-Wales with singer-songwriter Kate Doubleday and was born in Robin Hood country -  Nottingham.

Books by David Thorpe

The 'One Planet' Life A Blueprint for Low Impact Development

The 'One Planet' Life A Blueprint for Low Impact Development

Author: David Thorpe Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2014

The One Planet Life demonstrates a path for everyone towards a way of life in which we don't act as if we had more than one planet Earth. The difference between this approach and others is that it uses ecological footprint analysis to help to determine how effective our efforts are. Much of the book is a manual - with examples - on how to live the 'good life' and supply over 65% of your livelihood from your land with mostly positive impacts upon the environment. It examines the pioneering Welsh policy, One Planet Development, then considers efforts towards one planet living in urban areas. After a foreword by BioRegional/One Planet Living co-founder Pooran Desai and an introduction by former Welsh environment minister Jane Davidson, the book contains: An essay arguing that our attitude to planning, land and development needs to change to enable truly sustainable development. Guidelines on finding land, finance, and creating a personal plan for one planet living. Detailed guides on: sustainable building, supplying your own food, generating renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions from travel, land management, water supply and waste treatment. 20 exemplary examples at all scales - from micro-businesses to suburbs - followed by Jane Davidson's Afterword. The book will interest anyone seeking to find out how a sustainable lifestyle can be achieved. It is also key reading for rural and built environment practitioners and policy makers keen to support low impact initiatives, and for students studying aspects of planning, geography, governance, sustainability and renewable energy.

The 'One Planet' Life A Blueprint for Low Impact Development

The 'One Planet' Life A Blueprint for Low Impact Development

Author: David Thorpe Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2014

The One Planet Life demonstrates a path for everyone towards a way of life in which we don't act as if we had more than one planet Earth. The difference between this approach and others is that it uses ecological footprint analysis to help to determine how effective our efforts are. Much of the book is a manual - with examples - on how to live the 'good life' and supply over 65% of your livelihood from your land with mostly positive impacts upon the environment. It examines the pioneering Welsh policy, One Planet Development, then considers efforts towards one planet living in urban areas. After a foreword by BioRegional/One Planet Living co-founder Pooran Desai and an introduction by former Welsh environment minister Jane Davidson, the book contains: An essay arguing that our attitude to planning, land and development needs to change to enable truly sustainable development. Guidelines on finding land, finance, and creating a personal plan for one planet living. Detailed guides on: sustainable building, supplying your own food, generating renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions from travel, land management, water supply and waste treatment. 20 exemplary examples at all scales - from micro-businesses to suburbs - followed by Jane Davidson's Afterword. The book will interest anyone seeking to find out how a sustainable lifestyle can be achieved. It is also key reading for rural and built environment practitioners and policy makers keen to support low impact initiatives, and for students studying aspects of planning, geography, governance, sustainability and renewable energy.

Energy Management in Industry The Earthscan Expert Guide

Energy Management in Industry The Earthscan Expert Guide

Author: David Thorpe Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/12/2013

Energy demand reduction is fast becoming a business activity for all companies and organisations because it can increase profits regardless of the nature of their core activity. The International Energy Agency believes that industry could improve its energy efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by almost a third using the best available practices and technologies. This guide looks at the many ways available to energy managers to achieve or even exceed this level of performance, including: base-lining consumption planning a monitoring and verification strategy metering (including smart, wireless metering) energy supply management motors and drives compressed air and process controls. ? Uniquely, it includes a whole chapter on greening data centres. It also looks at topics covered in greater detail in its companion volume, Energy Management in Buildings: insulation, lighting, renewable heating, cooling and HVAC systems. Further chapters examine minimising water use and how to make the financial case, both to prioritise measures for cost effectiveness, and to get management on board. This title is aimed at all professional energy, industry and facilities managers, energy consultants, students, trainees and academics and can be read alongside training for ISO 50001 - Energy Management Systems. It takes the reader from basic concepts to the latest advanced thinking, with principles applicable anywhere in the world and in any climate.

Energy Management in Buildings The Earthscan Expert Guide

Energy Management in Buildings The Earthscan Expert Guide

Author: David Thorpe Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/11/2013

The role of the energy manager has evolved significantly as the task of cutting greenhouse gas emissions from buildings has become increasingly important. Managers are now technical experts, negotiators, construction project managers, procurement specialists, efficiency advocates and often provide energy services to others. This comprehensive book covers how to: * conduct an energy audit * plan a monitoring and verification strategy * make any energy-saving campaign successful * evaluate and make the financial case for energy-saving measures * make use of free energy for lighting and managing heat loss and gain. It also contains special chapters on: * ventilation, heating and cooling * demand management through automated systems * lighting * most requirements of industrial facilities * regulatory requirements in Britain, Europe and the United States * the use of smart meters and monitoring * how to achieve zero energy buildings * the use of renewable energy. For all professional energy, building and facilities managers, energy consultants, students, trainees and academics. It takes the reader from basic concepts to the latest advanced thinking, with principles applicable anywhere in the world and in any climate.

Sustainable Transport Fuels Business Briefing

Sustainable Transport Fuels Business Briefing

Author: David Thorpe Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/10/2012

Solar Photovoltaics Business Briefing

Solar Photovoltaics Business Briefing

Author: David Thorpe Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2012

Sustainable Home Refurbishment The Earthscan Expert Guide to Retrofitting Homes for Efficiency

Sustainable Home Refurbishment The Earthscan Expert Guide to Retrofitting Homes for Efficiency

Author: David Thorpe Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2010

A retro-fit offers many benefits: cutting electricity and heating bills, increasing the resale value of homes, slashing carbon emissions and creating a healthier place to live. This book is the guide to making it happen. It looks at: draught-proofing, insulation and damp ventilation, heating and cooling electrical efficiency and renewable energy water use and re-use materials' life cycles and incorporating nature protection from climate change impacts - modelling energy flows and embodied energy how we can meet the need to cut carbon emissions from dwellings by eighty percent by 2050. Projects can apply to apartment blocks, recent builds and older, solid-walled properties. Enlivened with helpful diagrams and photographs, plus plenty of pointers for further information, it provides a comprehensive resource handbook for any building professional and contractor, students - or any homeowner serious about efficiency (cash and carbon) savings.

Hybrids Hybrids Saga Competition Winner

Hybrids Hybrids Saga Competition Winner

Author: David Thorpe Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2007

A thrilling sci-fi novel set in a believeable - and terrifying - near future... Hybrids is the winning entry to the HarperCollins nationwide new author competition with SAGA Magazine.Johnny Online and Kestrella are hybrids - victims of Creep , a pandemic sweeping the country which causes sufferers to merge with items of technology when over-exposed to their use. Kestrella persuades a wary Johnny to help her find her missing mother, but the Gene Police have other plans for him...Powerful, compelling, and narrated alternately by Johnny and Kes, it questions our human dependence on technology, and our reactions in the face of nationwide panic. This was the outstanding winner of the Children's Book Writing Competition run in conjunction with SAGA Magazine.Orange-prize winning author Helen Dunmore - one of the judges - says: The writing is sharp, the dialogue good, and the action pacey and page-turning. But there's a real depth to this story, too. Like all good fiction it makes the reader see the world in a different light.

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