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Solar and Environmental: Sustainability could simply mean designing a “Not so Big House” to integrating capturing the sun with house orientation and solar collectors to simply using greener and recycled materials.

 


Brookings Solar House

This solar house, currently under construction has both passive and active solar features. On the roof is a solar hot water panel that will heat hot water for both domestic purposes and for the radiant heated floor slab on the main level. For passive heating, a sunroom in front of the living, dining and kitchen areas contains enough solar mass in the form of concrete and tile floor and a low concrete wall situated between the sun room and the living area. This sun room also serves as an outdoor patio when all of the aluminum and glass doors are raised in the up position. A wood stove in the back of the living room is used for back up heat if necessary.