California Sun House

The authors prove that a couple of "just plain folks" can design and build their own passive solar sun house.



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The owners adapted their Sun House design to the Sierra Nevada mountain climate.
PHOTO: OTIS WOLLAN AND JANE MULDER
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View from the east northeast, in the early morning after a winter snow. You can see the shade trees to the east and west of the solar-heated home.
OTIS WOLLAN AND JANE MULDER
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A winter vegetable garden resides atop five 55-gallon water-filled heat storage drums inside the greenhouse.
OTIS WOLLAN AND JANE MULDER
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Diagram shows the materials, layout, and window glazing of the greenhouse.
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