“Habib Gonzales has built over 100 strawbale homes. This video looks at two of them.
“Unique, Dream home, Words cannot describe this totally Awesome, Off the Grid, Self Sufficient Home tucked away in an ancient alcove in beautiful Southeastern Utah canyon in a place remote but still close to the town.
“An introduction to the passive solar design features of my strawbale tiny house. This 450 sq ft house uses south facing windows to heat itself during winter, supplementing heat provided by a wood stove. Roman-style thermal curtains on all windows help to conserve heat. A cantilevered second floor and overhangs keep the sun out during warmer times of the year. This is one of many passive solar strawbale houses at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage.”
Please read my comments below this blog post. This project could have been significantly improved by using earthbags instead of wood framing.
“I visited a friend’s house with a unique take on solar air heating. He coins his invention the Solar Coffin. This device heats air up to well over 100 degrees C within the “coffin” unit. The air is then moved under the slab of his house which stores the solar energy for release during the winter. This system is based on a system called annualized geo-solar developed in the US as a strategy to get off the heating grid.”