Low Maintenance Passive Solar Dog House

This passive solar dog house was built by Wong Strauch Architects.

Accompanying the 2017 Solar Decathlon was the Sustainable BARKitecture Dog House Competition, a challenge to local Denver architecture firms to design and build the ideal solar dog house.

The homes were built for a specific Canine Airport Therapy dog and were on display at the Denver International Airport through Oct. 9th, 2017. The homes were sold in an online auction to benefit the Dumb Friends League.


Sarah’s house is built with laminated wood frames and insulated walls to provide an efficient and strong support while reclaimed wood provides character and warmth throughout. Sustainable features include a rain water collection system with filtration, passive heating and cooling, a concrete thermal mass wall, radiant floor heating, and a solar panel battery system to power all electronic devices.

DEN Canine Airport Therapy Squad dog, Sarah, a standard poodle who loves obedience activities and will snack on any available treat.


To provide an affordable, low maintenance green design that will look great and last for a lifetime.


Architecture Firm: Wong Strauch Architects http://wsarchitect.com/

Learn more about the Canine Airport Therapy Squad


Keya Lea

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