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Design Build Bluff Creates Inspiring Solar-Powered Green Home for Navajo Mother of Four
Posted By Tafline Laylin On June 26, 2014 @ 11:30 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery,humanitarian design | 3 Comments
With a footprint of just under 1,000 square feet, the new house was constructed using clay, sand, straw, and water bricks clad in recycled sheets of aluminum, and then accented with recycled shipping pallets. It gets hot and dusty on the reservation in the summer, so the design team raised the house four feet off the ground with recycled telephone poles , which encourages wind-swept sand to settle below and cool air to ventilate the home naturally. Absolutely no mechanical systems are required to keep the house either cool or warm.
During winter, the desert quickly becomes cold and hostile, so the team built a wonderful rocket stove  powered by small bits of kindling that heats up the whole house in a jiffy. The southern exposure is glazed for optimum solar gain, in-floor radiant heating provides more warmth if needed, and vertical solar panels heat water. Finally, a gutted roof harvests rainwater, which is stored in a 2,000 gallon cistern buried underground. Please read our interview with Design Build Bluff’s founder Hank Louis  to get a sense of other inspiring projects that have transformed the lives of lucky people like Suzie Whitehorse.
Via Arch Daily 
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URLs in this post:
 Design Build Bluff: http://www.designbuildbluff.org/
 off-grid home: http://inhabitat.com/off-grid-rammed-earth-house-on-navajo-nation-catches-the-wind/
 Utah Graduate College of Architecture and Planning: http://www.arch.utah.edu/
 salvaged materials: http://inhabitat.com/diy-meditation-temple-built-from-salvaged-materials/
 recycled telephone poles: http://inhabitat.com/dreamy-panchoran-retreat-is-made-old-telephone-poles-and-bamboo-from-the-forests-of-bali/
 a wonderful rocket stove: http://inhabitat.com/four-cooking-stove-designs-that-can-save-the-world/rocket-stove-6/
 interview with Design Build Bluff’s founder Hank Louis: http://inhabitat.com/design-build-bluff-sustainable-homes-for-people-who-need-them/
 Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/164337/whitehorse-designbuildbluff-studio/
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