The Solar Carriage House

A solar carriage house is a blend of superinsulation and earth sheltering, a promising option for owner-builders. Includes information on Wallis carriage house, Merkel carriage house, the future of carriage houses and photographs.



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[1] The Wallis Carriage House uses a post-and-beam frame with insulation fitted between the posts. Large windows on the ground floor and a sun porch on the second story provide solar gain, which is stored in concrete, floors on both levels.
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[2] The second-story floor of the Wallis house is poured concrete on Epicore decking.
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[6] The spare simplicity of the Merkel house's post-and-beam frame.
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[3] The Wallises have two well-insulated cold rooms on their first floor.
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[4] The Merkel house has large windows on the south side for a valley view.
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[5] The Merkels insulated with Homesmith Kit superinsulated panels.
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