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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Solargon 20-4 Update

Rob has been working non-stop to finish the exterior of his Solargon 20-4 before winter sets in.

If you look closely you can see two other cabins in this remote Solargon retreat.

 Rob's Solargon is located at an elevation of 8,300 ft. in the foothills of the Sangre de Christo Mountains in Colorado. This dwelling is 311 sq. ft. with kitchen, bath, south facing living area and bed with storage below. This four sided roof system was part of his original design however the same building is also available with an eight sided roof system.
 The interior is ready for sheet rock with the exterior primed, ready for caulk and paint when the snow melts in the spring.
Link to floor plan.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Galloway Solargon 20-4

  This is the only picture I have of a new Solargon 20-4 project somewhere in Colorado. I expect to get some more shots soon. Solargon creator Rob Galloway has finally broke ground on this long awaited project to build his original vision of his small octagonal home. The Solargon 20-4 with it's distinctive roof, sets it apart from your typical yurt with super insulation, bath, kitchen, living area, raised bed with storage below, solar power and running water from a nearby creek. I will update as the project progresses. To see another Solargon 20-4 click here.

      As promised here are some new shots of the Solargon 20-4 with siding complete.Glass block was used for the bath and in the kitchen below the upper cabinets.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Solargon Vestibule

We have had requests for  pictures of Solargon 30 vestibules and links, so here are some views of past projects. Above shows a brook passing under the link from an existing home to a new Solargon addition.

Carrick and Sarah's Solargon has a 12'x12' add-on to accommodate the passive solar hot water storage which heats the building in colder months.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Life in a Solargon

"At the end of the first year, we have experienced our awesome 700 sq ft Solargon in all four seasons. It has equaled and/or surpassed our expectations for comfort and function! We are so pleased!

In winter, we use a small gas log fireplace for heat, and in summer, a small European mini-split for cool air. We also have two ceiling fans we can use in any season depending on the need.
Our utility bills have remained minimal, which we expected and hoped for!

Even with extended sub-zero days we experienced this past winter, the gas log heater cycled very infrequently, maintaining the constant 70 degrees we set. In fact, with our stone flooring, the passive solar heat during the daytime increased our indoor temperature 2 degrees, and the heater was rarely needed at all! Very nice!

Our windows are screened, so we enjoyed the cooler spring and fall days with windows wide open and a fresh breeze blowing through!

An added bonus we hadn’t considered was how quiet our little space is! We hear very little of any of the goings-on outside when windows and doors are closed. This makes for peaceful days and quiet evenings.

All considered, we are unable to think of any downsides at all to life in a Solargon!! We are forever grateful to Sherri & Doug and all who made this lifestyle possible for us!"


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Off Grid Living

Hello all, I recently received this testimonial from one of our Solargon 30 owners in northern Colorado. 

Solar Hot Water Shed

"Our Solargon has been performing REALLY WELL.  Let's put it this way - the plumbing in the Solargon is filled with water. I have never had to drain the water for fear of freezing, even when we were in India for 6 months last year, because the Solargon doesn't freeze inside. The system operates automatically and independently. The solar water pump has been great, completely reliable. Also the solar power system (P.V. is probably overkill for the structure, so that we only use about 10% of the available battery power when we run lights, vacuum cleaner and a refrigerator overnight."

"We have solar hot water heating a 175 gallon storage tank.  This heat is used for hot water when we are there, and when we are not there it is used for the two radiators we installed. It's enough to keep the interior from freezing even in -30F weather.  The passive solar input to the structure through the south-facing windows also heats the interior on the many sunny days, and when summer hot water production reaches the high temperature limit on the solar hot water system, the excess hot water is pumped through 500 feet of PEX tubing under the floor."

Where the antelope play....

 "The interior temperature of the cabin at the thermostat never goes below 45°F, to my knowledge (I set it at 45°F when we leave). This is entirely off-grid and with NO propane heating of any kind, purely solar. We installed insulated window shades that cut the heat loss from the non-south-facing windows, and better sealing of the doors has helped as well."

"We have a 250 gallon propane tank that provides propane to the stove and to the tank less water heater that backs up the solar hot water.  Since we filled that tank to 80% in 2010 (200 gallons), we have used ... 5 gallons.  We're down to 78% from 80%."

" We cook on the wood stove when possible, and the solar hot water has almost always been hot enough to never need the propane backup.

What can I say?  It works as near to perfectly as makes little difference."

 Dr. Carrick Eggleston is a professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming.

Research focuses on fundamental chemical processes at mineral oxide surfaces: dissolution/growth, adsorption, electron transfer, and catalysis. Current projects include microbially driven electron transfer to ferric minerals during respiration, protein adsorption to mineral oxides and redox-linked conformation change, microbial fuel cells, photochemical processes in natural waters, and the use of abundant and inexpensive minerals for photo catalysis into context of solar fuels.
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