Design your home to use more fresh air instead of spending energy on your HVAC. Permaculture tells us to use natural processes and store energy. Here’s one way we can do it in home design.
Progress design for a permaculture inspired home for homesteading. This shows the main form of the house that meets the purpose it is designed for, the finishes have not yet been selected.
I took the photo outside and this shows the approximate shading the house gets on a winter morning (February)
What is the best spacing to maximize shade from your trellis? I modeled different trellis spacing to see which would get me the most bang for buck of shade for my lumber. This is fine tuned to my geolocated site, set for the summer solstice. The best spacing for my site was 9 inches apart,Continue reading “Optimizing a Trellis Spacing for Texas Summer Solstice”
A home designed with permaculture principles needs to be honest and true to it’s resources. The facade in this sketch mirrors a deeper indoor living space on the north end, and the south end has a shallower interior space but has a deeper shade from the outdoor porch.
Inside the permaculture home concept plan I have been working on, I’ve planned for a pantry that can be upgraded to a storm shelter in the main section of the house. Today as I was developing the roof I realized I was very close to connecting the roof supports to one of the storm shelter walls. This raised a red flag in my head.
Would a passive house approach work for what I am trying to do with the permaculture house concept? How does the Passive House design apply to this Texas Permaculture home concept?
What would my permaculture concept house look like at this point? Here’s a quick 3min video of what that exterior would look like simply using the floor plan.
The advantages of using fiber reinforced plastics over steel for residential design: lighter, less fuel, less equipment, low maintenance…
Would a permaculture home in this climate benefit from a rocket mass heater?