Tag Archives: solar

Architects Design Their Own Passive Houses

Given access to all the great evironmental elements we have here in Asheville many people and design practitioners utilize passive principles in home design and constructions. Doing this provides a greater connection to the outside while minimizing utilities. Kelly and I both have southern facing hillside homes that benefit from both sun and wind. Check out this nice article from Becky Harris for Houzz for more ideas. Cheers!

WNC’s First SmartFlower

Kelly and I had a great time hanging out with the Red Tree Builder Team these past two weekends for the AHBA’s home tour. We were, also, fortunate enough to learn more about WNC’s first SmartFlower installation at Red Tree’s latest and coolest construction in North Asheville. The SmartFlower will power approximately 75% of this home for the owners. The plug-in unit is programmed to track the sun during daylight, close up at night and even clean itself. Sweet! Want to know more? Contact Wendall Morris at Creative Innovative Designs pictured here. And thanks to Red Tree Builders for taking the leap with this innovative new product. Cheers!

Deltech Homes – Renew Collection

DeltechHi Folks! If one can say such a thing I’m up at 3am enjoying making use of a sleepless night looking into some green technologies for homes. During my exploration I came across some of Deltech’s newest homes and thought they were interesting. I’ll have to pay a visit to their showroom soon to learn more. Take a look at the bones of the┬áRidgeline and the Solar Homestead. Enjoy! Troy

2011 Solar Decathlon

Appalachian State University’s Prize Winner

I came across this video searching for information on ASU’s solar homestead project that they entered into the U.S.Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. The team won the People’s Choice award at the event. The project is a modern day version of a pioneer settler’s home of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoy!

Buildapedia’s Video of ASU’s Solar Entry