Enertia builds houses with solid, engineered wall segments in place of siding, framing and insulation. The houses are designed so that an envelope of air runs around the building, just inside the walls, creating a miniature biosphere. Solid wood buildings, common in Europe and Scandinavia, are not seen much in America, except for log homes.
The latest issue of Home Power has an article on how to cool your house down using natural systems (also known as passive cooling). This is a concept that is neglected in most modern house design — forcing home owners to use air conditioning throughout the summer. The article illustrates the basics of passive cooling… [Continue Reading]