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Desert Submarine (click to enlarge)

Desert Submarine (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 241 sq. ft. interior, fold-out bed, 1 bath, Footprint: 15′ x 35′

Description: This unique all solar design qualifies as a zero energy home. (For desert regions only.) The home is cooled with water trickling over the metal roofing using the same evaporative cooling principle as found in the original Desert Submarine. It’s a simple yet proven technology. Solar panels power the water pumps, lights and other electrical needs. A solar hot water heater provides domestic hot water. Electronic controls regulate the flow of water to maintain interior temperatures. The main structure consists of steel studs covered in galvanized metal roofing. Earthbag walls help keep the home comfortable year-round.

Desert Submarine (click to enlarge)

Desert Submarine (click to enlarge)

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1.5 Story 33' (10 meter) Roundhouse (click to enlarge)

1.5 Story 33' (10 meter) Roundhouse (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 855 sq. ft. interior plus 91 sq. ft. loft, 2 bedroom, 1 bath with laundry, Footprint: 36′ diameter

Description: 10 meters (33’) diameter is the maximum size of a round earthbag structure before needing buttressing. This design features two large bedrooms with spacious closets, efficient kitchen and loft for home office or 3rd bedroom. The inner circular wall is built of recycled brick for strength and rustic effect. The loft has a 3′ circular skylight and a knee wall with view to main living space on first floor.

1.5 Story 33' (10 meter) Roundhouse (click to enlarge)

1.5 Story 33' (10 meter) Roundhouse (click to enlarge)

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Double Wide Farmhouse (click to enlarge)

Double Wide Farmhouse (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 792 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 25′ x 39′

Description: I grew up in Iowa and Nebraska where this style of architecture is prevalent. Classic style farmhouses are extremely practical. This particular design is a variation of my Double Wide. Changes include 10.5′ high walls on the north half, shed roof on the south half, loft over the bath and master bedroom, single framed wall down the center, and a few other minor changes to doors and windows. This is a good design for building in stages, including adding additions later.

Double Wide Farmhouse (click to enlarge)

Double Wide Farmhouse (click to enlarge)

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Zero Energy One (click to enlarge)

Zero Energy One (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 846 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 36′ x 48′ not including cisterns

Description: Zero Energy One is a major step forward in sustainable housing. This revolutionary design features zero net energy use, extremely low ‘near zero’ embodied energy and extremely low cost of around $10/square foot (cost of shell, excluding energy systems). This design is the result of years of research in energy efficiency and low cost, alternative building methods.

In contrast, most zero energy homes are in the $1/4 million range, and utilize complex and expensive technologies that are unaffordable to the vast majority. In my opinion, these homes are not truly sustainable due to their size, cost, use of high embodied energy materials and complexity.

Zero net energy use: Optimized passive solar design, balanced superinsulation/thermal mass, earth sheltering, PV panels, solar hot water, airlock entries, wood stove with water jacket runs hot water through built-in bench and bed, solar wall oven, cool pantry, roofwater catchment, energy-efficient appliances, indoor herb and flower garden, optional composting toilet and greywater recycling.

Near zero embodied energy construction: Earthbag construction using recycled grain bags and other recycled materials, earth, gravel, scoria, earthen floors, earthen interior plaster, lime exterior plaster, rice hull roof insulation, recycled content metal roofing.

Ultra-low cost: Earthbag construction, recycled and locally obtained non-toxic natural materials, owner-builder friendly, low tech solutions.

Shown with optional Survival Shelter and concealed entry.

Optional living wall on exterior of south wall. Details coming soon.

Zero Energy One (click to enlarge)

Zero Energy One (click to enlarge)

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Zero Energy Two (click to enlarge)

Zero Energy Two (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 1,275 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, Footprint: 36′ x 73′ not including cisterns or optional survival shelter.

Description: Zero Energy Two is a two bedroom version Zero Energy home. This revolutionary design features zero net energy use, extremely low ‘near zero’ embodied energy and extremely low cost of around $10/square foot (cost of shell, excluding energy systems). This design is the result of years of research in energy efficiency and low cost, alternative building methods.

Note: If you want extra space for more bedrooms, etc. then I suggest adding a basement. A full basement design is in the works and will be available soon.

Zero Energy Two (click to enlarge)

Zero Energy Two (click to enlarge)

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Solar Cabin (click to enlarge)

Solar Cabin (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 622 sq. ft. interior plus 273 sq. ft. loft, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 loft, Footprint: 25′ x 35.5′

Description: Have you been dreaming of a getaway in the mountains or off in the country? Here’s your chance to live your dream. This design is small and simple, yet it has ample size and all the comforts for off-grid living. Features include passive solar design (roof overhang modified for your area at no charge), large loft, grow bed and modern kitchen.

Solar Cabin (click to enlarge)

Solar Cabin (click to enlarge)

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Modern House (click to enlarge)

Modern House (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 840 sq. ft. interior plus 390 sq. ft. upper floor, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, home office or bonus room, Footprint: 31′ x 33′

Description: A stunning 30’wide by 2-story window wall faces the mountains, lake or other view. A large grow bed provides year-round growing space for flowers, dwarf fruit trees, tomatoes, herbs and other plants.

Modern House (click to enlarge)

Modern House (click to enlarge)


Modern House Upper Floor (click to enlarge)

Modern House Upper Floor (click to enlarge)

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