Varipapa Residence a Helicon Works project
Every part of the design of the 3,000-square-foot, two-bedroom house is carefully selected for maximum efficiency and minimum environmental impact.
It is completely disconnected from the utility grid and is powered by an array of solar panels.
It is heated and cooled by geothermal wells drilled 200 feet into the ground, working with a hot air heat exchanger that circulates air warmed by the sun over tubes of water in the walls, which hold the heat and normalize the temperature of the rooms.
It is made of renewable, sustainable materials. Most of its exterior walls are made from bales of straw, coated on the inside, and outside with a mix of sand and clay.
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