Affordable Passive Solar Homes

New-from-the-ground-up passive solar homes could be available to you for as little as $29,000.



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Floor plan for and FmHA passive solar home.
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Passive solar homes and meet FmHA design guidelines include wide eves for shade and south facing windows.
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Central heat storage wall.
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The bricks behind these windows collect heat during the day and radiate it back into the house when the thermal shades are drawn.
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The north side of this passive solar home has a minimum of windows to limit heat loss.
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An FmHA-approved passive solar home.
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A wood stove provides backup heating.
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The "trombette wall" serves as both a storage area and heat storage medium. 
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Cabinetmaker Al Marek shows what can be done with a little barn wood and time.
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