Creating an Eco-Friendly, Passive Solar, Earth-Sheltered Home

Professor Wendell Thomas designs and builds eco-friendly, self-heating and self-cooling homes within Celo Community in North Carolina.

Eco-friendly passive solar home
Our 32-foot x 24-foot shed-roof dwelling was a moderately solar house. But its main feature was a slot between floor and wall — on all four sides—that drained cold air from the walls down to the deep, completely dry, sealed cellar.
PHOTO: MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF