28 Aug '12, 4pm

Do green homes have to look weird?

I certainly agree that weird is in the eye of the beholder; however, when I started designing passive solar homes in the 1980's, one of the main instigators for doing so was to make the homes look as "conventional" as possible (which my clients were requesting) due to the backlash from the modern-looking, over-glazed passive solar homes of the 1970's. It used to be when I asked clients would they be interested in a passive solar home, they would say they didn't like contemporary design. While I will design a passive solar home in whatever style the client wants, you can see on our Sun Plans website and in by book The Sun-Inspired House that we have a variety of designs that are not typically called "weird." (We do though have many questions come through customer service asking why we designed xyz weird feature into a home, but I'd guess that 98% of the time the answer is "...

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