The SunHawk: Green Building and Sustainable Design

John and Nancy Schaeffer built their solar home The SunHawk using green building and sustainable design. John Schaeffer has experimented with and taught about state-of-the-art green building and renewable energy systems throughout his career.



John Schaeffer, shown left with his wife, Nancy, center, and daughter, Sara, is the founder of Real Goods, a solar retail business that has helped outfit more than 50,000 homes with solar power. The 12-acre Real Goods Solar Living Center in Hopland, California, hosts nearly 200,000 visitors each year. Schaeffer also founded the Solar Living Institute, an environmental education nonprofit. He has experimented with and taught about state-of-the-art green building and renewable energy systems throughout his career.
John Schaeffer, shown left with his wife, Nancy, center, and daughter, Sara, is the founder of Real Goods, a solar retail business that has helped outfit more than 50,000 homes with solar power. The 12-acre Real Goods Solar Living Center in Hopland, California, hosts nearly 200,000 visitors each year. Schaeffer also founded the Solar Living Institute, an environmental education nonprofit. He has experimented with and taught about state-of-the-art green building and renewable energy systems throughout his career.
Photo by Steve Gresham
John and Nancy Schaeffer designed their home, SunHawk, to provide all the comforts of modern living while promoting sustainable building practices. The Schaeffers reside in Hopland, California.
John and Nancy Schaeffer designed their home, SunHawk, to provide all the comforts of modern living while promoting sustainable building practices. The Schaeffers reside in Hopland, California.
Photo by Craig Henritzy
The house's sunny south terrace provides an ideal place for growing tomatoes.
The house's sunny south terrace provides an ideal place for growing tomatoes.
Photo by Craig Henritzy











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