Green Passive Solar Magazine
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...
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.
The house is elevated to allow passive cooling, assisted by a recirculation fan. The slat construction on the exterior allows for air circulation and visibility into the interior of the house. A canopy covers the entrance to provide a sheltered patio for Jewels to lounge and keep watch for visitors.
The solar home is equipped with a fan, solar chimney and underfloor heating system to moderate Oreo’s environment year-round.
The phase change system works in conjunction with solar powered fan and dampers to provide cooling and heating as needed.
The “LoDog” house features a façade that “barkens” to the architecture of Denver’s early days with modern day hints with the city’s historic/hip LoDo area.
A solar panel charges a battery that runs a built-in fan that comes on as the temperature reaches a certain level. The overall design allows for natural air movement and for rising warm air to escape on hotter days.
A solar panel powers an outlet for lap top or phone charging, an automatic toy toss, an evaporative cooling system and more.
A solar panel powers both indoor and outdoor electrical outlets, so his people can use the outlet to power their electric lawn trimmer.
The house features three main resting areas where a dog can recharge from her active lifestyle: an enclosed area, a shaded area for summer and a rooftop area for winter sunbathing.
Radar’s house illustrates that everything can have more than one purpose. This adaptable dog house is a perfect fit for an active dog like Radar.
Energy from the sun collected through the solar panel powers an LED light strip placed to illuminate the plants and allow for soft lighting within the sleeping area.