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Have a masonry thermal mass wall in the middle of the house.

Passive Solar Housing Passive solar systems are self-sufficient buildings which rely on natural principles insted of mechanical systems to provide a non-polluting source of heating and cooling.

Chimenea solar

Diagram of a Solar Chimney using Passive Solar Gain to create a Natural Cooling System, image by Jeffvail

Thermal chimney

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The advantage of combining two alternative natural building mediums: load-bearing earthbag walls provide mega-thermal mass, while an exterior straw-bale wrap provides mega-insulation.

The advantage of combining two alternative natural building mediums: load-bearing earthbag walls provide mega-thermal mass, while an exterior straw-bale wrap provides mega-insulation.

Passive house design

Green Hammer designs and builds passive homes to meet the Passive House design build standard. Influenced by early solar passive house design, the modern super insulated passive house building requires minimal energy for heating and cooling.

HTM's are passive solar, thermal mass, sustainable design, house plans featuring earthtubes, surface bonding, dry stack with concrete block (or poured-in-place). They are much more functional than any strawbale, papercrete, cob, or earth bag alternative method.

HTM's are passive solar, thermal mass, sustainable design, house plans featuring…

How geothermal energy works for a home. Even better if the heat pump is solar powered.

Earth-assisted, earth-friendly: Geothermal heating installations increase here with rise in oil prices

Better Wood Heat: Rocket Mass Heater FAQs Answered.

Better Wood Heat: Rocket Mass Heater FAQs Answered – Green Homes

per pinner: AMAZING! This is called a rocket stove mass heater and it warms your house for almost nothing!

Shows the heat exchange concepts of positioning windows and awnings etc. for a passive house design.

Shows the heat exchange concepts of positioning windows and awnings etc. for a passive house design.

A house on stilts has windows high enough for breezes to pass through. Tall trees and eaves provide shade over the windows all year round. Smaller tree and shrub species are selected to allow breezes to pass through.

ORIENTATION A house on stilts has windows high enough for breezes to pass through. Tall trees and eaves provide shade over the windows all year round. Smaller tree and shrub species are selected to allow breezes to pass through.

stones used to retain heat in a passive solar heating wall

stones used to retain heat in a passive solar heating wall // perhaps a natural stone barrier could be integrated into a cabin exterior wall for insolation