Vivien Staples
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umbrella home - A simple underground house design uses a novel insulating/water-shedding blanket that covers the structure and surrounding soil. The umbrella creates a huge subterranean thermal reservoir that soaks up the sun’s energy during summertime and stores it for winter heating. In many cases, the design makes a heating system unnecessary.

PAHS - Umbrella House -  Figure 1 Geodome, the first umbrella home (in idealized form), maintains a to temperature year-round without heating equipment in western Montana’s cold climate.

passive solar

Passive solar design is a great strategy for those who want to build a new home that heats and cools itself naturally— without costly mechanical

stones used to retain heat in a passive solar heating wall

stones used to retain heat in a passive solar heating wall - Gardening Life Today

" passive solar home"

How can passive solar design be warm in the winter and cool in the summer? If properly designed and built, a passive solar building will take full advantage of

Small House Plan. Screen in the covered patio so you can use it in the summer when mosquitoes and flies abound.

Screen in the covered patio so you can use it in the summer when mosquitoes and flies abound. Love the floor plan but not the modern decore!