Before we forget how awesome the Dacha Haus Part One preformed in Winter ’10 here are a couple of photos of February. They are also to remind this summer’s building crew that as we build Dacha Haus Part Deux a winter in the Southern Tier is no joke, but that we got it on lock down!
All photos by Joe Fisher.
The key to solar passive is full frontage windows facing the south. They are placed at such a height that the house gets direct sunlight in the winter and indirect sunlight in the summer. This technique works around the sun's busy but well-established and much preferred primordial travel schedule- that is low in the sky during winter and high as a pie in the summer. The placement and size of the windows optimizes for maximum comfort, while minimizing energy use.
Danila and I are in shock that the Common House is so warm (see below) when outside it is like 18 degrees F! The snowbank behind us is caused by snowmagedden falling off the hell roof and onto the front field. I'm just back from Mexico, and feeling like this is warm enuf but where's the coconut tree?
The thermostat is reading in the mid-sixties F. The wood stove has not been fired up at all this day and the Common House is not even fully insulated. Way to go passive solar design, bermed in the back! Fuzzy in the background are Lily and I. She is drinking snow she's so warm, and I am pointing to a mythical land-bird beast that everyone thought was extinct, but that in fact only live on the Dacha Project. Sike?