Category Archives: Trombe Wall

Unvented trombe wall construction

Back to the Siding

My brother generously offered to visit and help with the house construction. It is sort of a vacation for him and he likes house building projects almost as much as I do. He is much more of a perfectionist though, … Continue reading

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Concrete Bricks as Thermal Mass

While painting the kitchen block wall I started wondering what kind of block is our inner south wall made of anyway? At one point I heard this type of block called “slag block” and in Arizona where there are many … Continue reading

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Interesting Original Construction Details

One great thing about deconstruction is that it reveals interesting construction details. I am removing siding around what used to be the front door but will now be our Master Bedroom door. The foil covered polyiso is being replaced because … Continue reading

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I meet Peter Ellis!

This is a bit embarrassing because I was kind of a groupie fan when I met this man at Rocky Mountain Green. When I found out he was registered for the conference I was hoping I would meet him. Then … Continue reading

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Anatomy of our Trombe Wall

We removed the battens and glass from the large thermal mass wall on the south side of the house to get ready for the new window install.  This Trombe wall had a solar glass covering that was deteriorated and needs … Continue reading

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