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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

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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


The little house gets a floor

We installed black hardwood floor in the tiny house this weekend.  A whole 120 sq ft!  Two days: first we moved/shoved everything from one side of the house (room) to the other side, did the floor, and then moved everything from the second side to the first side to do… 220 more words


Eco Thrifty Renovation Revisited

It’s been over six years since we started the Eco Thrifty Renovation in Castlecliff, Whanganui. That seems like ages ago.

Here is a series of before and after shots, along with a little background on the design inspiration. 54 more words

Things We Do Know: Passive Solar

There’s nothing quite like blustery, cold and dreary weather to make a person slow down and do a little daydreaming – and I have found myself thinking a lot about our future house. 600 more words

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Warm Inside

The coldest night we’ve had in the passive house so far saw the outside temperature drop to -20ºC (and that’s before we take account of wind chill). 183 more words

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Heating and low temperature performance

We finally had the little Thermolec 2kW heating element installed in the HRV intake last week, just in time for a cold snap. This element is a bit like a toaster and heats the air coming into the HRV manifold that distributes heat around the house. 433 more words

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