SIMPLE SOLAR POWER
The sun provides ten times all our energy needs everyday. Technology now gives us the tools to use solar energy as a world community.
- Subsidizing nuclear power guarantees war. The rest of the world no longer needs to subsidize bomb production. Everyone can use simple, clean sunshine for energy needs.
- By its very nature sunlight is evenly distributed.
By its very structure sunlight is decentralized.
- The sun meets all our needs with no pollution to our atmosphere.
- The sun requires no maintenance work.
- Because it is decentralized sunlight can best be collected and easily used at its end point – both passively and actively – with minimal transmission losses.
- Where there is direct solar only part of the year, mother earth gave us abundant indirect solar energy including but not limited to wood, water and wind. Now there is cogeneration, thank God.
- The dams of our magnificent northwest rainforest equal storage costs which are half the cost of renewables power production. Because of this simple fact, in 1977 my husband and I moved to Spokane. I was asked to design the opera house complex but turned it down when asked to also design prisons. Instead we moved to CDA and I worked with Architects West and did some fine projects.
- American Indian – Spo-kan = children – sun
- Thanks to Ron Tan and Bill Dahlberg I remain in the area.
1977-1978 solar project at Architects West – Greenview Condominiums, Post Falls, Idaho on Spokane River
62 units – 1 BR to 4 BR
and Schuler Auditorium
1979-1980 Adler Passive Solar Residence, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
9 times thermal mass to window area ratio so minimal temperature swings
passive solar system – direct gain 9 times thermal mass to window area ratio using sensible heat storage with water. design parameters – concert hall, classroom, art studio & greenhouse exterior – steel siding & liver rock quarried by Myrtle and son Bob.
1980 Kootenai County Work Release Center
Schematic Design done with Bob Rickerts, business partner, who also designed and built the earth-sheltered house at Hwy. 95 and Dalton – using pre-stressed concrete panels for the roof.
PASSIVE SOLAR PLAYHOUSES 1981
Designed and built for North Idaho College Headstart – demonstrating solar works to children. 3 basic passive solar systems = Direct Gain, Trombe Wall, & Greenhouse.
Designed to be portable, they were built with donated materials, wonderful volunteers and $400 grant from Curt Nelson, Engineering Dept.
Purpose: demonstrate solar works and monitor solar performance. Plans are available upon request.
R10 Insulated reinforced concrete slab
fixed glass collectors = double-glazed slider refills
doors and slider windows for controlled ventilation.
top photo -volunteers
middle photo – volunteer Gary Telford
lower photo – volunteers Shelley Salter & Duane Primozich
1981 WASHINGTON WATER POWER (WWP) – SOLAR HOT WATER HEATER WORKSHOP with Blaine Peterson
1981-1982 WWP – SOLAR DOMESTIC WATER HEATING DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM – as per IPUC order, how much energy can be saved using solar energy to heat water in May and June? Results: 61% – 80% Reports available upon request.
Direct Gain + attached central sunspace.
For external cooling mode – temperature-activated fan at top of sunspace and/or easy-to-open upper window in sunspace. Cooling breeze created through dwelling from northside windows through doors and slider and out through sunspace. Doors and windows = dampers. Additional concrete thermal mass in floors and chimney keep temperatures cool. For internal cooling mode turn on fan only and circulate house air through concrete floor tubes.
Solar Heating Mode: fan turns on when temperature reaches 85 at top of sunspace and slowly circulates warm air through insulated duct(s) and concrete chimney and floor tubes. Wood heating mode – internal loop through concrete chimney and concrete floor tubes. See diagram.
1981-1982 Solar education classes at North Idaho College. Touring educational classes with Bob Rickerts for the Idaho Energy Office. Cassettes available of Rickerts talks.
son David at job site
COMPLETED CALDWELL ADDITION
CALDWELL SOUTH ELEVATION TODAY
CALDWELL ENTRY TODAY
Photo shows dwelling as seen today – Dunhams are now present owners.
Original structure was an airplane hanger.
In the 1970’s Art Fall helped start the North Idaho Building Contractors Association. He developed the waste-heat from septic tank system. Report available upon request.
Art designed and built various experimental solar and energy-saving houses in our area and in Moscow at the University of Idaho. Before his transition in 1989, Art Fall transferred the title of “energy nut” or “e-nut” to me – thank you, Art. Future section at my website will present and share some of Art’s projects, thanks to his wonderful wife, Sue Fall.
From 1984 to 1995 I designed a variety of projects including sanctuaries and dwellings for various clients – building designers, architects, realtors, builders and assessors – including Dave Salois, Gordon Longwell, Bill Dahlberg, Roxanne Gunther, Paul Heutter, Scott Weston, and Jim Miles.
Some projects with architect & longtime design friend, William E. Dahlberg (sudden unexpected transition in May 2007)
Ten times the amount of sunlight we need each day falls on our heads and homes.
The sun does not break down and need repairs.
The sun does not pollute.
When there is not enough direct solar energy there is stored solar energy in the water, wood and wind. Now thanks to technology and certain intellient souls, there is co-generation. We are learning how to harness and use that stored renewable energy twice over.
(northeast corner of Foster and Government Way)
EXISTING 1928 RESIDENCE