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.