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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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