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Passive Solar Straw Bale Residence in Atascadero, CA

" I think our first year's electric bill was $12, it is a good house, we used the back-up heaters once during the freeze last winter and haven't really needed the ceiling fans during the summer; we understand how the thermal mass works to keep us cool in the summer and warm in the winter," comments from the homeowner after the first year.

Past Participant in Annual Solar and Green Building Tour

 

GREEN BUILDING FEATURES INCLUDE:

Passive solar design for natural ventilation, passive heating and cooling and daylighting.

Straw bale construction to conserve resources and divert waste.

Reclaimed douglas fir for light soffits and salvaged/ reclaimed doors.

Bamboo flooring, american clay plaster interior finish.

High recycled content tiles and countertops.

Photovoltaic (PV) solar electric array provides clean renewable energy to the site.

 

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