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Championing the Solar House, From the 1930s to Today
Homes throughout history that have used the sun offer ideas for net-zero and passive homes of the present, in a new book by Anthony Denzer
"Denzer, a solar house — one that deliberately uses the energy of the sun for heating... shaped structure with oversized sloped glass walls and diagonal cedar siding ... an... Denzer's The Solar House (Rizzoli, 2013) corrects this oversight by tracing the development... development of solar houses from the 1930s to today. It's a narrow topic, but the book is... story of solar houses could be painted as the conflicting attitudes of two fields: the..."
Let’s Clear Up Some Confusion About Solar Panels
Different panel types do different things. If you want solar energy for your home, get the basics here first
"you want solar energy for your home, get the basics here first... term “solar panel.” Before we get into a more advanced look at specific technologies... home with solar energy, it’s necessary to understand the basics of what kinds of panels... maintain solar power during a grid outage is by having your own solar power storage... AND the solar power we generate during the summer months. @mmilos -- I put solar thermal..."
How to Add a Solar Water Heater
"energy. A solar water heater is one way to meet that requirement without dipping too... period for solar hot water can be very long for those living in more northern latitudes... water is SOLAR. It is always scalding hot. Adjust before getting into the shower. Is... possible to solar heat a pool? Would it be effective in northern climates? How much would... cost? Solar hot water began as pool heating! Some systems, especially DIY, use a..."
Houses Exposed: Show Your Structure for Great Design
"Structure is the warp and woof of architecture. But modern-day homes too often reduce... reduce structure to a means to an end, hiding it like a dirty secret under a thick... design the structure as an integral part of the design. Not skin the structure with something... exposed structure is finding and maintaining a reasonable and consistent sense of... exposed structural members become the "end" and not the "means", overwhelming everything..."
It Takes a Village: 2 Homes Made of Multiple Structures
Separate buildings join in style and intention in these home bases, showing that sometimes more is just right
"monolithic structures. While both have their roots set deeply in their respective locales... These structures would be far more costly to build. Also, UNLESS you are on water... passive solar and green technology to minimize the buildings' maintenance costs. To... passive solar and the benefits of being able to sell back energy to the utility company... all the structures are interconnected Does anyone by chance know what type of roof..."
Houzz Tour: Zero-Energy Renovated Victorian in San Francisco
A 1904 home that's entirely energy efficient? Yes, courtesy of solar panels, radiant heating and water reclamation
"courtesy of solar panels, radiant heating and water reclamation... echoes the structure's history. Solar panels, radiant heating, water reclamation and an... 900SF solar panels (efficiency 18%) are going to be able to heat 2500SF of living... Anyways the solar panels should have been oriented to the southwest to be more efficient... so some structural challenges came with the renovation. The existing home had many..."
Houzz Tour: High-End Luxury, Highest Ecofriendly Rating in California
Solar panels and energy savers let this posh LEED Platinum home produce as much energy as it consumes
"Solar panels and energy savers let this posh LEED Platinum home produce as much energy... Thanks to solar panels and energy-saving systems, this house can produce as much electricity... measured by a structure's sum of good/green achieved and given the wood came from a sustainable... room or structure is constructed using (for example) recycled piers that came from... for a solar-heated pool, decking and low-maintenance landscaping. In sunny Southern..."
Houzz Tour: Rammed Earth and Vineyard Views Stun Down Under
Tightly edited colors and materials let nature shine, while solar panels and a passive orientation help this home tread lightly on the earth
"while solar panels and a passive orientation help this home tread lightly on the... well as solar panels and a passive orientation. The home celebrates the environment... earth structures in the US according to the client's wishes - design and color. The... The structures are simply magnificent as is this one in Australia. I guess we just... large solar panel system outside helps generate enough energy to power the home and..."
Houzz Tour: Barns Inspire a Modern Farm Compound
Classic gabled looks mix with modern solar panels, universal design and more in the California hills
"modern solar panels, universal design and more in the California hills... roof, the solar panels, and the landscaping. The interior is beautiful in its updated... Manning Structural Engineer: Craig A. Dobbs, P.E. Civil Engineer: Erik J. Gobler... passive solar performance. Appropriate glazing, insulation, ventilation and interior... Do the solar panels provide all the electricity for the home? This definitely goes..."
Houzz Tour: California Cabin Ditches the Power Grid
Solar energy powers a modern, expandable vacation house among the trees for a family with two children
"Solar energy powers a modern, expandable vacation house among the trees for a family... Mounted solar panels, a solar heating system, concrete flooring and straw-bale walls... going solar, and how long it takes to return the investment with power savings. Bobbi... endly structure. Glycol solution, which prevents freezing, is pumped through solar... thick structural insulated panels (SIPs) used for roof insulation. Arkin and his..."
Houzz Tour: Sustainable, Comfy Living in 196 Square Feet
Solar panels, ship-inspired features and minimal possessions make this tiny Washington home kind to the earth and cozy for the owners
"Solar panels, ship-inspired features and minimal possessions make this tiny Washington... with the solar panels. Sigrid, I believe the toilet is for composting only. The article... have a solar panel. Did I miss something? . Do monitors use that much power?... Probably the solar panels came from China since most do nowadays. They have little storage... especially the solar power to augment consumption.. I think people do have too much stuff..."
Contractor Tips: 5 Easy Ways to Get a Greener Home
Forget a fleet of solar panels (for now). These ideas can make your home a whole lot greener when money or time is in short supply
"fleet of solar panels (for now). These ideas can make your home a whole lot greener... think of solar panels on the roof or compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. Then you might... applications, solar power is one of the last things you should think about. First, you... geothermal and solar power. Our new home has a HERS score of 38 (the same efficiency as the... geothermal or solar. We built a smart home that doesn't need as much energy by paying attention..."
6 Patio Cover Types to Shade You in Style
Protect yourself and your deck from the blazing sun with umbrellas, cloth, built structures — or nature's perfect shading solution
"built structures — or nature's perfect shading solution... style, the solar orientation the outside space has and your budget. Let's take a look... pergola structure shares the advantages of deciduous trees; shade and sun when you... sunshade structure that provided western sun protection, was waterproof and created... stained structure adds some drama in this Southwestern flavored garden. Nice pergola... rectangular structure. For a structure like this, using a durable wood is the key to getting..."
Houzz Tour: Creative Thinking Yields a Lakefront 'Living Room'
"a new structure and location for a stellar view... lakeside structure in the Cotswolds, England, at first seems to have little in common... basic structure, materials and specifications as the renovated barn and main house... modern structures in this community, so this structure doesn't stand out too much... The structure is almost uninviting in this setting. A simple structure that c... that old structures should be preserved and new structures should be clearly new and..."
Water Towers Rise Again — See Their New Shapes and Uses
Emptied of water, these structures are now being filled with furnishings to add living space and take advantage of the views
"these structures are now being filled with furnishings to add living space and take... small structures fell into disuse and were torn down. But today homeowners are looking... tower–like structures. They are drawn to the simple, utilitarian lines of the towers —... these structures with the use of beautiful glass and facades can make any project... towers as solar and wind power is developed....warming water is a very good excuse to..."