My job involves research in construction. I have little doubt that more and more new housing developments will be self-sustaining, like the OP and your house. Much better for our wallets and for the enviroment. It's a win-win situation and it's just a matter of time.
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Last edited by sawyerloggingon; 07-24-13 at 12:57 PM.
Are you doing the underground "feeder" as well?
Where you dig a long trench and bury a big clay pipe with a shady inlet that comes in at the bottom of the house. Air is drawn in and cooled by the 62(?) underground temp by the wind tunnel.
I've seen a setup where they had no underground but set up passive swamp cooling at floor level using the wind tower air draw. Worked pretty good for only the small water pump power.
Anyone wondering what I'm talking about start here:
The Psychology of Persuasion
No, these are townhouses. A townhouse is a single or two story unit that shares 2 common walls with the adjacent units. So, yes, I have a roof but CC&Rs preclude modification. I never thought of our rate as cheap but you made me look and you are right. Of course, my LED bulbs have a long payoff rate also but I like to be "greenish" if not "green".
Newer construction offers Energy Star homes but all the new houses are in BFE and I'm a inner city type. I live in walking distance of UNLV and the CC Library. This area, "East Las Vegas" was built out from the 60s through the 90s.
My unit is 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 2 story, 1220 SF. I also own and rent 8 other units in the same complex, smallest 1048 SF.
I also replaced my windows with dual pane gas filled more because of noise (I'm in a perimeter unit) than power but it helps.
If you have a set budget for a house, you either chose 1 foot thick poured concrete walls, geo-thermal heat and cooling, triple pained windows, solar panels, and air-tight construction - or a BIGGER "conventionally built" house that has none of the above.
That's the choices. No debate on that.
I'm not asking if things can be done that are more energy efficient. That's a given.
But it's not the question.
Carry on please.