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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.…

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…

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…

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West Virginia University Builds PEAK

West Virginia University Builds PEAK

Inspired by Appalachian living, the PEAK home from West Virginia University has some nice passive solar features. …

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. …

Missouri Designs the Chameleon House

Missouri Designs the Chameleon House

Missouri University of Science and Technology designed a house that can adapt to its changing environment. They received 1st place in Energy Balance, creating more energy than the house used. This house had smart passive solar features...…

SCI-Arc & Caltech Forge DALE

SCI-Arc & Caltech Forge DALE

The combined team of Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology forged DALE, the Dynamic Augmented Living Environment. This team creates ingenious homes that shine in brilliant creativity.…

Middlebury College Designs InSite

Middlebury College Designs InSite

Middlebury College returns to the 2013 Solar Decathlon after participating in the 2011 Solar Decathlon with Self-Reliance.…

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.…

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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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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

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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…

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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

Under 1000 Sq. feet View all

Norwich University Constructs the Delta T-90 House

Norwich University Constructs the Delta T-90 House

Winning 1st place in the affordability category, Norwich University set out to make a home that that is high-performing, solar-powered and available to all.…

The University of Nevada Builds DesertSol

Team Austria Fashions LISI