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Los Alamos New Solar Home Construction -

This home was built as a replacement for a home lost in the large Cerro Grande fire that swept through the town of Los Alamos. The house that was lost had active solar heating on it and the owners appreciated what solar can bring to a project. Consequently this house was designed with both active and passive solar components to take advantage of our plentiful New Mexico sunshine.

The south windows bring in the winter sun, which falls onto brick floors and a large adobe wall, charging them with heat which then dissipates through out the night, keeping the home warm into the morning. It has an open floor plan allowing the heat to naturally convect both upstairs and down. The mass wall and mass floors also soak up summer heat during the day, keeping the home from overheating as the heat is flushed out with cross ventalation at night with the cool, dry New Mexico air.

Active solar panels heat the home’s water and a cistern/drip irrigation system utilizes rainfall throughout the landscaping.


Related Projects towards Energy & Resource Self Sufficiency

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.
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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