A gleaming Quonset hut graces the top of the hill that was at one time the mission and village square that was the bustling center of Galisteo.
This passive solar home was submitted by Brian Knight of Springtime Homes. It is an efficient, passive and active solar home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
The building style is modern, exhibiting a state of simple grace and elegance. This owner-built passive solar home utilizes concrete as its priniciple building material. Concrete is a dense material that can absorb, store and radiate heat. Concrete is a material with thermal mass. The thicker the material with thermal mass, the more potential mass [...]
This passive solar straw bale house is situated in one of the coldest places in the nation. Gunnison, Colorado, ranks within the top 5 cities with the average coldest temperatures in the United States, yet the insulating properties of the straw bales make this an efficient and comfortable passive solar home. An amazing aspect of [...]
This is part 2 of a 2 part series. In this article, we see the current features of the passive solar house. Part 1 shows a photo progression that took place in the transition from a small farmhouse to a modern passive solar home. The passive solar house has a window wall that [...]
It is stunning to hear about and see the transformation from an old farm house to a modern, efficient passive solar house. Yes, it is the same house!
With planning and creativity, almost any structure can be retrofitted with passive solar design elements.
A southern facing sun room is another method that can be used to integrate passive solar design into a structure.