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In Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon, we enjoy
abundant natural resources. We call our communities the
Magic Valley, the Treasure Valley, and the Valley of Plenty
(Emmett).   

Those of us who are privileged to live here get to
experience all four of the seasons: from warm summers, to
glorious autumns, snowy winters, and  re-vitalizing springs.
And yet we are blessed to live in an area where the sun
shines 200 days each year.  Some refer to this area as the
"banana belt."

Passive solar heating harnesses this natural resource of
the sun. It relies on the intelligent design and organization
of the spaces in a home to derive heating benefits. It is a
"whole house" approach that takes into consideration the
energy of the sun, natural light, ventilation, and insulation
to make houses more energy-efficient and to make the
quality of our lives on earth more comfortable and more
sustainable.

In the late 1970's and early 1980's, I designed several
passive solar homes in Ontario, Mountain Home, Salmon,
Caldwell, and Emmett.  But as you know, in the last several
years since the last energy crises, our commitment to
energy-efficient and innovative houses has waned.  With
the energy crises we now face, what we now call green
building or sustainable building is again taking root. It not
only makes environmental sense, it makes good economic
sense.

Please feel free to call me at (208) 577-0773 or send me an
email to
architect@buildforliving.com.  If you are thinking of
remodeling or adding to your existing house or are
planning to build a new house, this is the perfect time to
plan a sustainable, healthy, and energy-efficient home.
"Green building is ultimately about the
relationship of a house and its occupants to the
world around them. It's a process of design and
construction that fosters the conservation of
energy and other natural resources and promotes
a healthy environment."
David Johnston & Scott Gibson
in
Green from the Ground Up
Counter
Sustainable Architecture