1000 – 2500 Sq. feet

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A Translucent Quonset Hut Retrofit on an Adobe Home

A Translucent Quonset Hut Retrofit on an Adobe Home

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.

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Asheville Passive Solar Homes

Asheville Passive Solar Homes

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.

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A Concrete Modern Passive Solar Home

A Concrete Modern Passive Solar Home

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 [...]

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A Passive Solar Straw Bale Home

A Passive Solar Straw Bale Home

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 [...]

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From Farmhouse to Modern Passive Solar, Part 2

From Farmhouse to Modern Passive Solar, Part 2

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 [...]

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From Farmhouse to Passive Solar Modern

From Farmhouse to Passive Solar Modern

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!

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Passive Solar Quonset Hut Retrofit

Passive Solar Quonset Hut Retrofit

With planning and creativity, almost any structure can be retrofitted with passive solar design elements.

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Passive Solar Sun Room

Passive Solar Sun Room

A southern facing sun room is another method that can be used to integrate passive solar design into a structure.