An Eco-Friendly Home

This couple drew on existing materials, technologies, and principles to build an eco-friendly home in southern Illinois.



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By digging the north side of their eco-friendly home into a hillside and covering the south side with glass, the Yamberts have cut their need for commercial power sources.
PHOTO: JIM MURPHY
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Solar collectors will cut the family's use of electricity even further.
JIM MURPHY
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The use of 2 X 6 framing made it possible to put an even thicker layer of insulation in the walls.
JIM MURPHY
066 eco friendly home - wood storage
A double-door wood storage room helps prevent heat losses.
JIM MURPHY
066 eco friendly home - stone fireplace
A massive stone fireplace that stores both heat from the sun and burning wood
JIM MURPHY
066 eco friendly home - cistern water system
A cistern water system collects the liquid from their roof.
JIM MURPHY
066 eco friendly home - solar altitudes diagram
Diagram indicates how the home captures or deflects sunlight through the year depending on the angle of incoming light.
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066 eco friendly home - solar path diagram
Diagram indicates how the positioning of the home captures or deflects sunlight depending on the time of year.
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