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Net Zero?

It has been exactly a year since we moved to our Lily Pond House. So how did our passive and active solar design perform? How close did we get to our net zero goal where annual energy consumption is roughly equal to renewable energy generation? 978 more words


Monday, March 13, 2016

This blog has started to become my research center and virtual board where I keep ideas for my future passive solar, mono pitch roof house.   543 more words

Creating Peace

Power to the Passive

Interesting things are happening in Irwindale, California!  Although their headquarters are in Rosemead, Southern California Edison, one of our nation’s largest electric utility providers, SCE, has a pretty groovy educational facility deep in the San Gabriel Valley.   239 more words


Paper on Design Pedagogy for Energy Conserving Architecture Accepted at ICSDEC 2016

Just received notice that my paper for the International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction, “Expression and evidence, advances in architecture studio pedagogy,” was accepted for presentation and eventual publication through Elsevier/Science Direct. 27 more words

Keelan Kaiser

solar nerds

We have definitely become solar nerds.

I’ve written before about timing and planning fires in the masonry stove based on the weather forecast. We’re definitely more skilled at this now than we were last year. 274 more words

A small house for Ecuador | Velasco Roldan and Hevia Antuña

Architects Luis Velasco Roldan and Ángel Hevia Antuña have built a prototype house designed for Ecuador’s climate and social conditions. The small house is made from locally-sourced, natural materials and uses passive solar heating. 393 more words

Small House Plans

Rafters and Roof Overhangs

One job that had to be done this week was sanding and staining the rafters for the roof. For this we have had to keep the temperature in the house above 10ºC, when it’s been down to -15ºC outside, so the air heater inside has been vital. 343 more words

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