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Passive and Active Solar Retrofit on a Traditional Adobe

Passive and Active Solar Retrofit on a Traditional Adobe

An older adobe home was transformed to become an efficient, modern house with a south facing sun room and a south facing two-story Trombe wall.…

How Passive Solar Keeps You Warm In Snowy Winters

How Passive Solar Keeps You Warm In Snowy Winters

Here's a beautiful passive solar house that's toasty warm in the cold, snowy winter. He has a gorgeous tile floor next to large southern facing windows.…

An Optimally Efficient Off-Grid Passive and Active Solar Home

An Optimally Efficient Off-Grid Passive and Active Solar Home

This off-grid, owner-designed and built house is one of the most impressive passive and active solar combinations I've seen. Located at an elevation of 9,000 feet...…

Active Solar: Thin-Film and Solar Evacuated Tubes In Action!

Active Solar: Thin-Film and Solar Evacuated Tubes In Action!

Located in Colorado, a state with over 300+ sunny days a year, the home owner…

Net Zero PV Log Home

Net Zero PV Log Home

Is there anything more luxurious than spending time in a well-built home? Standing proudly on…

A Passive Solar House with Trombe Walls

A Passive Solar House with Trombe Walls

Tucked away where the canyon country meets the mountains, is a beautiful passive solar home…

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An Efficient Off-Grid Solar Electricity System

An Efficient Off-Grid Solar Electricity System

The freedoms of living off-the-grid can be rewarding as well as comfortable. This article focuses on the electrical and active solar systems that augment the efficiency...…

KTAO – The Solar Powered Radio Station

KTAO – The Solar Powered Radio Station

There are shiny beacons of hope and success that exist within the current economy and business climate. Creative and entrepreneurial spirits are building prosperous businesses while serving their communities.…

Earthships – Passive Solar Homes Using Recycled Materials

Earthships – Passive Solar Homes Using Recycled Materials

A passive solar type of building, the Earthship collects its own water, has its own water treatment system, can grow its own vegetables and generate its own electricity from PV panels and wind turbines.…

Off-Grid Passive Solar Earthship

Off-Grid Passive Solar Earthship

Located close to BLM land with gorgeous views of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado, this passive solar, modified earthship-style…

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Cuerno Verde Rest Stop

Cuerno Verde Rest Stop

The desolate, long drive between Albuquerque, NM and Denver, CO, gives a person an appreciation for any interesting objects to look at. It was a pleasant surprise to find a brilliant passive solar rest stop outside of Colorado City, Colorado.…

Solar Flowers at the Parachute Rest Area

Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti – Blending Architecture and Ecology

Movement of the Sun View all

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Passive Solar Living in Washington State

Passive Solar Living in Washington State

This house interacts with nature and the environment, including the sun, rain, earth and wind, in order to provide a truly self-sustaining and independent living environment.…

New Technology Combined with the Traditional American Look, the Solar INHome

The IN Home from Purdue University

Straw Bale View all

Using Strawbale, Adobe and Recycled Rubble to Rebuild in Haiti

Using Strawbale, Adobe and Recycled Rubble to Rebuild in Haiti

After the devastating earthquakes in Haiti, many people and organizations went to Haiti to help with…

Historical Examples View all

Grand Gulch Cliff Dwellings

Grand Gulch Cliff Dwellings

I first became aware of the synergy of efficiencies within passive solar design on a hiking trip into the desert backcountry. I saw that the southwestern cliff dwellers, the Anasazi, benefited from passive solar design. …

Chaco Canyon

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ASUNM Creates SHADE

ASUNM Creates SHADE

Arizona State University and the University of New Mexico teamed up to build SHADE, which stands for Solar Homes Adapting for Desert Equilibrium. …

Team Austria Fashions LISI

Stevens Builds an Ecohabitat