Solar Project: The Wilson House

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Windows Installed
The double glazed, low E, Krypton gas filled, fibreglass windows with thermal edge spacer are now installed. These windows provide approximately R6 which is up to 3 times standard windows insulation values. The windows on the west side of the house also have a heat mirror 88 coating.

  April 5, 2001 - The expanse of windows on the south side will bring in plenty of sunlight to provide light and passive solar heating. The heat of the sun will be absorbed by the concrete floors, which have water tubing running through them. As Martin says, the entire house is a greenhouse.  
  April 5, 2001 - The plumbers from Latters Plumbing (Shelburne) install the pump so that we'll have plenty of water for next weekend's straw bale work. Straw bale will be installed along the entire north side of the house, providing approximately R45 insulation. Straw bales will be covered with stucco. Richard and Bernie assist the welder with some steel bracing to reinforce the corners.  
  April 5, 2001 - South facing windows will be set off by zinc on the steeply sloped roof to either side. The zinc will be applied directly onto the plywood, which covers the EPDM waterproofing.  
  April 5, 2001 - On the east side of the house, you can see the "greenhouse" windows rising up 2 storeys. A walk-out to the south provides access to a protected area of the yard.  
  Copyright 2000 John Wilson