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Passive Solar Water Heater/Shower

Oh boy, here goes another  dense, boring how-to post, you think. Great. Why can’t we have more stories about your ex, or Renaissance faires, or something cool and fun? 1,167 more words

Tiny House Building

The Lean Home: Energy Efficiency to Consider

Have you ever heard of the energy pyramid?  Think of it as a mental approach to solving matters of energy use. Like the food pyramid, the bottom is the base and holds up the structure. 1,641 more words

Renewable Energy

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