Solargon: conservation of energy through intelligent design and utilization of super efficient building components to create very green cabins and homes.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Stewart Solargon

The Stewart bathroom from the loft. By cutting square blocks of different thicknesses the owners created this interesting wall treatment behind their jetted tub.
Vanessa gives the "Thumbs Up" for the interior finishings of this Solargon 30.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Willett Solargon 30

Somewhere in Colorado
Chimney Rock on the way to the Willett Solargon cabin.
Solargon visitors
Willett Solargon 3030. The Solar array shown here powers this 2,200 sq. ft. off grid cabin.
System cotroller

                                                                                     Off grit system

Cistern with pressure tank.

Compost toilet. See more

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Solargon 30

 The roofing is now completed along with the installaton of the doors and windows.

The framing of the interior walls is also finished and the owners are shown here reviewing the location of switches for electric.

As building efficiency is improved with polyurethane closed cell insulation and weatherstriping, Solargons are intentionally made more airtight. Since all buildings require a source of fresh air, a great option is to install a HRV. While opening a window does provide ventilation, the building's heat and humidity will then be lost in the winter and gained in the summer, both of which are undesirable for the indoor climate and for energy efficiency, since the building's HVAC systems must compensate. The use of a HRV introduces fresh air to a building and improves climate control, whilst promoting efficient energy use.
 Above the owner went with a Fantech HRV (heat recovery ventilator). This system has An air-to-air heat exchanger,  an air change central ventilation system that exhausts stale air outdoors and brings in an equal quantity of fresh air to replace it while stealing the heat from the outgoing air to warm up the incoming air.

The owners also went with an on demand efficient hot water heater rather than the standard hot water heater.
Tankless water heaters are much more efficient than normal tank water heaters when it comes to energy usage as they do not waste energy during stand by times. Installing one in your Solargon can lead to a decrease in your energy bill right away, which in turn usually leads to less money you have to shell out each month on your bill. Tankless water heaters can be a more expensive upfront investment, but over the course of its life, the energy savings should pay you back the extra money spent and more.  Visit us again for updates on this super efficient Solargon project.