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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.…

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.…

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 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...…

Modernist Living in the Net-Zero CHIP House

Modernist Living in the Net-Zero CHIP House

One of the most creative entries into the 2011 Solar Decathlon was the collaborative brainchild from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the California Institute of Technology.…

An Active & Passive Solar Home Inspired by Emerson

An Active & Passive Solar Home Inspired by Emerson

The team from Middlebury College built a passive and active solar home was inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Called Self-Reliance it performed well and was awarded 1st place in the Market Appeal competition.…

The Ultimate Net-Zero Beach House: The Kiwi Bach

The Ultimate Net-Zero Beach House: The Kiwi Bach

Called ‘”First Light” and lovingly referred to a “Bach” – pronounced (batch), the beach house won the Engineering and Energy Balance contests and clenched a podium finish as 3rd overall. …

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.…

A Modernized Solar Homestead

A Modernized Solar Homestead

Ever wanted to escape from it all, yet have the comforts of modern living? Appalachian State University built a house that has the best outdoor living space in the Solar Decathlon.…

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 is taking advantage of the sun…

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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

Delectable Resourceful Efficiencies

Movement of the Sun View all

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

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

Purdue University designed and built a house, complete with clerestory windows, garage and a self-watering biowall.…

The IN Home from Purdue University

Zion National Park Visitor Center – Efficient and Passive Solar

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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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Czech Technical University Constructs the AIR House

Czech Technical University Constructs the AIR House

Made entirely from wood, the goals of the AIR house were to be Affordable, Innovative and Recyclable. The Czech Technical University designed the house for older 50+ year-olds who are nearing retirement.…

Team Texas Builds ADAPT

Stanford University Designs the Start.Home