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A contemporary earth sheltered passive solar home from Design Northwest, the multi-story Manzanita residence uses solar energy for heating and lighting.

Our Vision - Design Northwest is dedicated to informing the public about using solar energy for heating and lighting our homes, offices and retail spaces. Read about our vision...

Passive Solar Advantages - By using solar energy, our sustainable homes offer greater energy efficiency, are more comfortable, and have lower operational costs. Read about passive solar advantages...

Why Passive Solar - Our home designs, using solar heating, are inherently more energy efficient than a traditional building, but no more expensive to build. Read why passive solar...

How Passive Solar Works - Architectural aspects of the building design, in conjuction with the use of solar energy, result in energy efficient, sustainable buildings. Read how passive solar works...

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With its highly efficient use of solar energy, the Vashon Dental Clinic, Design Northwest’s pioneering earth sheltered passive solar building required only $70 to heat and cool during its first year of operation.

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