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House of the Sun

House of the Sun

Specifications: 494 sq. ft. interior plus mechanical rooms, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 17′ x 59′

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 principle as found in the Desert Submarine. Solar panels on the west end power the water pumps, lights and other electrical needs. A solar hot water heater on the east end provides domestic hot water and hot water for radiant floor heat. Electronic controls regulate the flow of water to maintain interior temperatures. The main structure consists of open web steel trusses covered in metal roofing. Earthbag walls help keep the home comfortable year-round.

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