Build a Water-Wall Home

Construct your very own water-wall home and learn about calculating water storage requirements, wall construction and solar basics.



Morgan Home
The Morgan home in Davis, California has 14,000 pounds of thermal mass stored in its water walls, yet the containers blend in so well with the house design that they're barely visible.
PHOTO: BROCK WAGSTAFF
The Largest Steel Tank in the Morgan Home
The dwelling's largest steel tank, a 2' X 8' X 8' container, absorbs sunlight shining through the clerestory windows.
PHOTO: BROCK WAGSTAFF
Window Bench Water Tank
This window bench water tank can absorb both solar and wood-heat radiation.
PHOTO: BROCK WAGSTAFF
Diagram for the Water-Wall Home Storage Tank
This diagram shows how to construct a water-wall storage tank for your water-wall home.
ILLUSTRATION: BROCK WAGSTAFF
Table for the Cost and Performance of Thermal-Storage Mediums
In this table, we can see what the cost and performance of thermal-storage mediums are for materials used in homes. As we can see from this table, water-wall homes are more cost efficient and perform with greater capacity.
ILLUSTRATION COURTESY OF THE CALIFORNIA ENEGRY COMMISSION
Table for the Water-Wall House Performance
In this table, we can see how the water-wall performs in the state of California in various cities regarding heating and cooling.
ILLUSTRATION COURTESY OF THE CALIFORNIA ENEGRY COMMISSION











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