Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Prince Edward Island Passive Solar Bermed ICF Home on a Budget

This is Tracey's very nice home on Prince Edward Island, CA.   Its a passive solar home that uses earth berming on the winter wind sides, and uses ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) for the walls.

The home has large south facing passive solar gain triple glazed windows for winter heat gain, along with roof overhangs that shade the house from unwanted summer heat gain.

South windows provide lots of solar gain to the heat storing floor.

The long east-west layout of the house and use of Solatubes to provide lighting in some areas makes for a very pleasant and bright interior.

The 1285 sqft floor plan.
Probably the most amazing thing is that the home was built on a very manageable budget.

Tracey provides lots of detail on the house including a book on the whole process of designing and building a  very efficient solar home within a budget.

All the details here...

Gary

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