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A Nest to Lay an Egg

I want to share a love story.

After several years of building a life together, my husband Pete and I stumbled into the opportunity to build something much more tangible together: our first house. 1,605 more words

In other news: I've been Designing a Passive House

So, I haven’t been making as much progress as I’d like on the Togstad project in August but it is for an excellent reason.  I’ve been designing another project – a new Passive House residence to be constructed in the Bloomington, IL area.   151 more words


Passive Solar Design: Free Heat in Winter

Six years ago New Zealand experienced the coldest week in recorded history, but our recently finished passive solar villa performed perfectly during the cold snap. Even with single-glazing in much of our home, it stayed warm during the frigid week without using any heat source other than the sun. 71 more words


The Future of Living: Self-Sustaining Villages | James Ehrlich | TEDxKlagenfurt

What a great idea! I have often dreamed of buying some rural land and building an… 407 more words

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In other News: Just Gave a Talk on Underhill at the MREA Energy Fair

Saturday, I gave  a lecture at the MREA Energy Fair in Custer, WI about the joy of working with my parents to design their timber frame, straw bale, passive solar house, Underhill, completed four years ago. 618 more words

Passive Solar

For those of us living in areas that still get sun and snow in the winter, we know the heating costs associated with propane and other fossil fuels can be huge.  132 more words