Archives for June 2007

How to Arrange A Tour

How can I arrange for a tour of your homes?
You can send an email to us at with the date and time that you would like a tour and your contact info, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. If you happen to be in Rolla, you can call us at 573-341-6794 and if someone is available, they will try and arrange a tour. Because all of the houses are or will be rented to students, we prefer to know a minimum of 48 hrs in advance so that we can arrange the tours with the tenants.

Words of Wisdom

I’m in the planning stages of building a new house (1,500-2,000 sq ft) and I’d like to make it as close to a zero-energy home as I can.
How close to zero-energy are the homes you’ve built and what were the costs for the solar system? Can you give me any detalis on the system you’re using?
Since you’re on your third house, are there any words of wisdom you would offer to someone who is planning a real world solar home?
Each of the three houses are zero energy houses. Each of the houses are capable of operating in a grid-tied mode or stand-alone mode. Each of the houses have used different systems in different combinations so that the most efficient and economic approach can be identified. Both the 2002 and the 2007 house are using BP Solar panels. They are both solid, multicrystalline systems. The 2005 house incorporated UniSolar amorphous panels. They were used in combination with a standing seam copper roof to make the roof more visually appealing.
The solar thermal systems have been variations on the same general principal. The 2002 and 2007 houses both use evacuated tubes for heating water for the house. The 2005 house used a student designed system that worked in combination with the solar panels and the copper roof to produce hot water.

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