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Off-Grid Rammed Earth House On Navajo Nation Catches The Wind
The 30 ft wind tower is the most striking feature of the home and also an integral part of the design. Air moves across the open tower and travels down the shaft where rainwater soaked pads facilitate an evaporative cooling effect and naturally ventilate the entire home. Traditional framing and a slab on grade foundation are combined with recycled, reclaimed and salvaged materials in this fantastic off-grid home in the desert. We’re certain that Maxine and her family are enjoying their new home. In total, the home cost $46,000, not including some materials that were donated.
Students from the University of Utah are already hard at work on the next DBB house near Bluff, Utah. This semester the Utah students will be working on a prefabricated home that will get installed later this spring.
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