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Passive Solar Down Under, the Te Kauwhata House

Passive Solar Down Under, the Te Kauwhata House

The Solarei Architecture firm based in New Zealand, is building sleek, efficient passive solar homes that integrate natural ventilation to help cool and heat the building, while respecting the surrounding environment by building sustainably. Based out of New Zealand and Bangkok, Thailand, Solarei is a young architecture firm building an impressive portfolio of passive solar […]

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How Passive Solar Keeps You Cool in the Summer

How Passive Solar Keeps You Cool in the Summer

The dog days of summer are upon us.

It’s hot.

Yet well-built passive solar houses are cool.

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The Summer Solstice!

The Summer Solstice!

The summer solstice is significant to passive solar building because they are built to take advantage of the sun’s predictable path through the sky.

This helps them to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

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The Icarus Sundial and Other Sundials

The Icarus Sundial and Other Sundials

Since humans have roamed the earth, the sun has been used to indicate the passage of time.

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Long Summer Days, Passive Solar Cooling…

Long Summer Days, Passive Solar Cooling…

There’s been a delay in posting, more so than usual, and there are a few reasons why.

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The Significance of the Winter Solstice

The Significance of the Winter Solstice

Today is December 21st, the day of the winter solstice. It is the shortest day of the year in terms of daylight as the sun ‘travels’ its lowest and shortest arc through the sky*.

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Fast, Sleek and Electric – The Roadster Car from Tesla Motors

Fast, Sleek and Electric – The Roadster Car from Tesla Motors

It was after nightfall as I walked down the sidewalk when a glistening bright red car caught my eye. Like a kid in a candy store, I instantly salivate at the sight of shiny, new, technological gadgets.

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Our Relationship With the Universe

Our Relationship With the Universe

Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.  On this day, the sun seemingly travels its longest and highest arc through the sky.  I’m reminded of how passive solar building is dependent on the surrounding elements to work. While the sun appears to travel through the sky, alas, we are not the […]

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Indoor Air Filtration with Plants

As I’ve been learning about passive solar retrofits, I’ve also learned that when a home is better insulated, while it can make the energy systems more efficient, the quality of the indoor air can become more of a concern. For example, when drafty windows are replaced, the home can become more energy efficient, yet an […]

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Learning About Your Electricity Use – Kill A Watt

While it can be beneficial to cut down on electricity usage, it’s difficult knowing exactly how much electricity certain appliances use. I admit that it is easy to take for granted the different modern appliances that have become common household items in America. As my utility bills went up, however, I wanted to learn more […]