Is passive solar design passe’?

Boone Guyton
There was a recent blog from Martin Holliday at Green Building Advisor on the Pretty good house approach. (http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/musings/martin-s-pretty-good-house-manifesto ) It is an interesting and valuable look at building green homes. He is focused on cold climate building for the most part and so his pretty good rules of thumb...

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Fall fades and passive solar kicks in

Boone Guyton
The sun’s arc is lower and still dropping pushing sunlight into our home about 8 feet.  These clear cool days are where the passive solar design really shines, so to speak.  We need very little back up heating and the sun-warmed floor radiates back the absorbed sun’s heat for hours....

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Celebrating “solar energy month” in NC

Amy Musser
June is solar energy month! This makes a lot of sense because it's one of the most productive months for the solar technologies in our house.  It's also time for backyard barbeques and a lot of other fun stuff that reminds this blogger why the summer issues of magazines are...

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Celebrating the solstice with passive solar

Amy Musser
I often say that I wish everyone could live in my house for a week.  The winter solstice seems like the perfect time to talk about why.  I’ll give you a hint:  it’s 74 degrees in my living room right now. Living in a passive solar house is remarkably more...

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