A successful build of a classic cordwood/masonry home. Nothing to do now but sit back and... well no sitting back. Let's build a greenhouse.
A 2010 summer project was installing fourteen 175 watt Sharp PV panels and grid-tied inverter. As of Nov. 2015 we are still placing a little bit more kWhs onto the grid than we are using. Cleaner air for all.
Lois and Bryan used good 'ol block and tackle along with a gin pole to lift the posts and beams for their Colorado cordwood masonry home. This eliminated the need for cranes and noise!
With the post and beam frame complete... now to construct the 40 R-value compound-angled cut SIP panel roof and wrap the frame with bunk wrap available free from many lumber yards. Then it's on to mixing masonry with paper slurry and stacking the 16" thick cordwood-masonry, 28 R-value, wall i...
Infilling cordwood and masonry around a hanging window frame. Make note of pre-dried cordwood supplies along with the blue flexible electrical conduit for wire runs throghtout the walls.
Lois having a sled-ride blast (back in 2006-2007) in front of her Colorado solar thermal heated home. Note the house before it's deck. Deck vegas cantilever out from the center of the house. Part of the original design.
The only way to farm at 9400' above sea level. This greenhouse incorporates some subterranean heating methods. It is covered with twin-wall Solexx panels. The Solar Thermal Collectors on the barn roof provide ~90% of the home's heat and 70% of its hot water needs.