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Passive Solar for Do-It-Yourselfers

PASSIVE SOLAR FOR DO-IT-YOURSELFERS:
Living in Harmony with Nature

by Byron Belzak
Publisher-Editor, TheGreenerHome.com


Much is written and sold involving active solar equipment. And not that there is anything wrong with that.

But designing and building with passive solar and sun spaces in mind makes more sense, if saving money and leaving a light footprint on Mother Earth are high on your priority list of things to do this year and beyond.

Nowadays, living in harmony with nature can be as practical as it is beautiful.

Architects and engineers with a green bent have been busy. Following is a select (and growing) reading list for the greener reader's inspiration and for the greener do-it-yourselfer who is gathering passive solar ideas.

Introducing The Belzak Baker's Dozen of Non-Nuclear Nuggets of Passive Solar Knowledge:

1. Solar Energy for Homes presented by NESEA. More.

2. Passive Solar House Consultation Packages for Do-It-Yourselfers presented by The Natural Home Building Source. More.

3. Custom Home Design for Healthy, Energy-Efficient Living presented by Devitt Design Services. More.

4. Tour of Solar Homes (Nov. 2000, Vol. 23, No. 4) presented by the North Carolina Solar energy Association. More.

5. Solar, Wind and Micro-Hydro Systems to keep you off the grid presented by Solar Village. More.

6. Shelter Ecology presented by environmentally focused consultant Cindy Meehan-Patton, known for her great green product knowledge and architectural collaboration. More.

7. Green and Healthy Home Marketplace, to see what greener minded homeowners have to sell, presented by Green Homes For Sale. More.

8. Green Building Success Stories presented by the North Carolina Solar Center (NCSC). More.

9. Build A Solar Home and Let the Sunshine In presented by Mother Earth News. More.

10. Standard High Thermal Mass (HTM) Floorplan presented by The Natural Home Building Source. More.

11. HTM Sustainable, Passive Solar Housing presented by The Natural Home Building Source. More.

12. HTM Passive Solar House Plan Roof Details with log purlins and a vented cold roof design presented by The Natural Home Building Source. More.

The 13th and best item on this reader's list, given its great possibilities for ease and affordability with the do-it-yourselfer home builder/owner in mind. Furthermore, this information may come in handy for the greener pioneers who need encouragement to forward this idea with local building code officials and inspectors who are willing to listen to reason (and stick it to "the man" even though they may be "the man" - and not that there is anything wrong with that), as follows:

13. Dry Stack Concrete Block Walls use surface bonding cement instead of mortar presented by The Natural Home Building Source. More. 

And Quikrete, producer of Quikwall, offers additional information and photos to show how to utilize their product with the dry stack block construction method. More.

For a Quikwall technical "SpecData" sheet to show your local building code officials and to enhance your own understanding, click here.

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Want More Belzak Baker's Dozen of Greener Nuggets of Knowledge for a Sustainable Community?

More of Belzak's Greener Knowledge Nuggets are in the works and will be published online at TheGreenerHome.com.

Let us know what greener, not meaner, information you're looking for. Email your requests for sustainable living article ideas that your want to read to: info@thegreenerhome.com.

About this website: TheGreenerHome.com is dedicated to showing and telling why "Greener Is Better."

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