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Off-the-Grid Country Home
Dane County, Wisconsin

This young couple's property is thousands of feet away from the nearest power pole. So a photovoltaic --that is, solar electric-- system makes good economic sense. High-performance walls, passive solar heating and passive cooling will combine to make a very comfortable and energy-efficient structure.

These concept sketches show a modest-sized home that uses materials such as metal roofing and board-and-batten siding in a fresh architectural re-interpretation which recalls the farm buildings of this rural Wisconsin landscape.