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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 built with two Trombe Walls. People who live in passive solar homes tend to exude a certain passion and excitement about their houses. It’s as if they have a really cool treasure house that is simultaneously philosophically and economically pleasurable [...]

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Passive Solar Site Design Planning

Passive Solar Site Design Planning

Southern facing windows do not allow the sun into the house, whereas in the winter, the sun reaches deep into the 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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Talk to Your Local Building Deparment

Talk to Your Local Building Deparment

While a person may have some really nice ideas of design and building, it’s a good idea to understand local building codes.

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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.

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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 house is off the grid and generates all of its own electricity. Structure The house is a modified two-story earthship that has a berm around on the northern side of the ground floor.  It [...]

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