• This modern mixed-use home and office is built to qualify for Passive House certification and to the level of Build Green New Mexico “Emerald”. The insulative value of walls, roof, windows and floor delivers a building whose heating needs can be provided by a hair dryer. This standard addresses global warming by not using energy and is competitively priced with other building techniques. This modern mixed-use home and office is built to qualify for Passive House certification and to the level of Build Green New Mexico “Emerald”. The insulative value of walls, roof, windows and floor delivers a building whose heating needs can be provided by a hair dryer. This standard addresses global warming by not using energy and is competitively priced with other building techniques.
  • This gracious strawbale home, interlaced with beautiful outdoor spaces on every side was designed based on Permaculture methods from the siting of the home to the methods of construction, to the garden areas and out to the walking trails. A recent addition is an office and a woodworking shop with a beautiful wood deck above it. This gracious strawbale home, interlaced with beautiful outdoor spaces on every side was designed based on Permaculture methods from the siting of the home to the methods of construction, to the garden areas and out to the walking trails. A recent addition is an office and a woodworking shop with a beautiful wood deck above it.
  • This craftsman style home built in the new Oshara Village outside of Santa Fe harkens back to homes built downtown and around the south capital area of town. It was built for a client who had discerning taste to detail but required every decision to be as green as possible, this Build Green NM gold level project garnered the Excellence in Green award in the parade of homes. This craftsman style home built in the new Oshara Village outside of Santa Fe harkens back to homes built downtown and around the south capital area of town. It was built for a client who had discerning taste to detail but required every decision to be as green as possible, this Build Green NM gold level project garnered the Excellence in Green award in the parade of homes.
  • This project took an intimate ranch house that had home, barn, horse stalls and corrals in one small compound and turned it into a cutting edge green home with high insulation, passive and active solar heat and water harvesting. Its clean modern lines integrate beautifully with the existing ranch house look. The detached mater suite integrates indoors and outdoors in our sunny New Mexico climate. This project took an intimate ranch house that had home, barn, horse stalls and corrals in one small compound and turned it into a cutting edge green home with high insulation, passive and active solar heat and water harvesting. Its clean modern lines integrate beautifully with the existing ranch house look. The detached mater suite integrates indoors and outdoors in our sunny New Mexico climate.
  • This historic adobe home with roots almost a century old had been left to crumble in a foreclosure when it was rescued and transformed into a modern equivalent of its original use- a home with an attached studio apartment perfect for rental or guests. The removal of dropped sheetrock ceilings opened it up to the original beams and vigas, floors were replaced, walls were replastered and a new life has begun. This historic adobe home with roots almost a century old had been left to crumble in a foreclosure when it was rescued and transformed into a modern equivalent of its original use- a home with an attached studio apartment perfect for rental or guests. The removal of dropped sheetrock ceilings opened it up to the original beams and vigas, floors were replaced, walls were replastered and a new life has begun.
  • This project is the modern edition of the classic Santa Fe passive solar home. Built on an east- west axis with the north side bermed in and the south side opened to the sun, it has virtually no east or west windows. It has beautiful exposed concrete floors and interior walls, is tight and well insulated and is off grid generating its own electricity and getting water from its own well. This project is the modern edition of the classic Santa Fe passive solar home. Built on an east- west axis with the north side bermed in and the south side opened to the sun, it has virtually no east or west windows. It has beautiful exposed concrete floors and interior walls, is tight and well insulated and is off grid generating its own electricity and getting water from its own well.
  • Highly energy efficient home with passive and active solar heat. This beautiful new home replaced one lost in the Los Alamos Cerro Grande fire. Two story open design with interior solar mass provided by brick floors and adobe walls. Highly energy efficient home with passive and active solar heat. This beautiful new home replaced one lost in the Los Alamos Cerro Grande fire. Two story open design with interior solar mass provided by brick floors and adobe walls.
  • This working greenhouse with fine woodworking detailing was added on to provide an area for growing food and flowers, providing heat to the house, a sunny living area and a water collection system with an integral cistern below the floor. Full shading for vertical and overhead glass controls sunlight at all times of the day and year. Ventilation is provided with doors on both ends and two operable skylights. This working greenhouse with fine woodworking detailing was added on to provide an area for growing food and flowers, providing heat to the house, a sunny living area and a water collection system with an integral cistern below the floor. Full shading for vertical and overhead glass controls sunlight at all times of the day and year. Ventilation is provided with doors on both ends and two operable skylights.


Building Energy & Resource Efficient Beautiful Homes & Commercial Projects

Bringing passive and active solar, resource efficiency and water harvesting to a beautiful design for a self-sufficient lifestyle.

  • New Construction
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  • Zero Energy & LEED

Danny Buck began building quality passive solar homes in New Mexico over 30 years ago and has now added Passive Haus construction to his offerings. These are homes so energy efficient that they need virtually no heating or cooling for 24/7 comfort. He built the first home to be certified Energy Star in NM, the first home in the Southwest to qualify as Passive Haus and, the first remodel and second new home in NM to obtain sustainable building tax credits.

Daniel Buck Construction is known in Santa Fe as a leader in green building technology. He has taught smart building techniques at Santa Fe Community College for 18 years. His commitment to “Green Building” and guiding his community and industry to more evolved building methods is well known in Santa Fe, NM.

Call Danny at 505-474-7575 to see how he can save you money while helping you become more self sufficient while lowering your carbon footprint.

 

Related Projects towards Energy & Resource Self Sufficiency

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Southwest’s First “Passive House”
Featured in Su Casa Magazine - Spring 2012
Daniel Buck Construction was pleased to build the Southwest’s first certified “Passive House”. It is in the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico’s historic rail yard district. At the time of construction there were only 15 or so Passive Houses in the U.S. This “German Passivhaus” construction technique combined with proper solar orientation uses 90 percent less energy than houses constructed with standard building methods. The project received the highest sustainability rating by the National Home Builders Association, “Emerald” - joining just four others in the state.
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New Mexico’s First “Energy Star Home”
Albuquerque Journal – March 22, 1999
In 1999 the Environmental Protection Agency - EPA certified this new home with a four star rating because it was 65% above the EPA’s national model energy code. Located in Santa Fe the home cools itself in the summer and heats itself during the winter months due to the trade winds and passive solar orientation. Water Harvesting catchments were planned into the landscaping and healthy building practices specified non-toxic paints, and wood treatments to reduce toxins.


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