Affordable Passive Solar Planbook

The Affordable Passive Solar Planbook for North Carolina describes the basic fundamentals and components of passive solar design. A collection of passive solar floor plans suited for virtually any location are also included in this book. In addition to passive solar design elements, the plans contain a variety of energy efficient details. They are intended to be affordable homes, and many have less than 1,300 square feet of floor area.

View the entire planbook here, or download detailed plans below.  To open .dwg files, you will need a viewer.  You can download a free one from AutoDesk here.

Passive Solar Home Plans

Baby Cape

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Bay Breeze

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Blue Ridge

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Catawba Valley

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Garden Window

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Mountain Laurel

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Sun Ray

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Dr. Jeff Ramsdell, Director
828-262-7514 (Appalachian Energy Center)
828-262-6553 (fax)

401 Academy Street
226 IG Greer Hall
ASU Box 32131
Boone, NC 28608


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