Energy Free Buildings

How cool is elimination of the need for external energy altogether?  Think of a house as a free-standing energy system – without need for external energy sources to maintain habitability and comfort. So what makes a building sustainable?

Wikipedia defines Green Building here…  Does this definition make sense to you?

I hung on the word efficiency as a cop out.  Efficiency means to limit consumption of external resources – minimize waste.

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Sun Scoop – Solar Doubler

A typical rooftop installation of solar panels.  Points the same direction.
A typical rooftop installation of solar panels points the same direction all year long.  It rarely and briefly points directly at the sun.

Just about anyone who installs a solar panel has one simple question – where should I point this darned thing?  That silly sun moves around all the time.

It  moves sideways all day – every day, and up and down, all year – every year. Continue reading Sun Scoop – Solar Doubler