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Solar Arcade
The Solar Arcade is an accessible one story, one bedroom, one bath, 810 square foot plan, redesigned for the am-cor system.
This is the original Macdonald Architecture Survival Consultants home plan, built in the 1970's as an earth-bermed demonstration in Orange, Virginia. After being opened for house tours, it was rented as an energy independent home; no fossil fuel was used to heat and cool interiors.

The plan is especially suited to Sol Viva concepts as described by Anna Edy. The greenhouse arcade can not only be used to trap solar wintertime energy for circulation throughout the dwelling, but may also be used to grow food and ornamental plants.

It was built as an earth sheltered home with rear and end retaining wall structure. Although the original structure was of reinforced concrete and masonry, am-cor inc. now produces a pre-engineered unified steel & cement prefabricated panelized structure for this plan, making construction fast and easy. The original size has been somewhat increased to enlarge laundry and to provide additional closet, bath, and kitchen space.

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SOLAR ARCADE ENTRANCE SOUTH PERSPECTIVE SKETCH

SOLAR ARCADE MAIN FLOOR
Modified 2008-05-29