great passive solar design- I would plant row of deciduous trees in front of glass so that in the winter that could act as a giant trombe wall but be shaded to keep it cool in the summer. Trees that max out at 2 stories would allow south face 3rd level roof to accommodate panels!
There's nothing better in the winter than knowing you can heat your home for two or three days of residual heat off nothing more than a handfull of twigs. This first fantastic design by Jon Santiago http://jonalejandro.com , builder in collaboration with Julian Irusta and El Manzano Permaculture School.The design concept of the rocket mass heater takes the heat of the flames and runs it along through a mass of cob that heats and retains the heat to slowly dissipate it into the home…
Although Venus is only the planet second nearest the sun, its dense, toxic atmosphere traps heat in a runaway version of the greenhouse effect that warms up the Earth. As a result, temperatures on Venus reach 870 degrees F (465 degrees C), more than hot enough to melt lead.
Contemporary Part Earth Sheltered Split Level House, Truro, CornwallSuper insulated timber frame sustainable build utilising recycled insulation, breathable construction and natural materials. Passive solar heating, solar thermal and photovoltaic collecto More