Chapter 9: 30 Years of Living in a Solar House in Colorado

Keith Emery, Pat Emery

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Having met in 1980 while working at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, we were inspired by the vision of a renewable energy future to raise our family in a passive solar home. A basic, factory-cut, trilevel house design was selected in 1985 and intentionally sited and modified according to passive solar design principles to optimize conservation and solar gain, with a plan to add photovoltaics as soon as feasible (Fig. 9.1).

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationPhotovoltaics for Sustainable Electricity and Buildings
EditorsA. Sayigh
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9783319392806
ISBN (Print)9783319392783
StatePublished - 2016

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CH-5J00-70376


  • Daylighting
  • Passive solar
  • Photovoltaic
  • PV watts
  • Solar home


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