|Most of the PV panels are up|
The other solar component is a DIY solar thermal hot water system. Paul researched online others who have made similar systems and shared their designs and ideas at builditsolar.com. Paul's system is taken from the design at builditsolar.com. It's a drainback system with a 16' x 8' collector mounted on the ground behind the garage and a 230 gallon home-made tank in the basement.
|Paul surveying his work on the frame of the collector|
|Tank in the basement|
We hope that this system will provide most of our hot water during the year. It remains to be seen exactly how much it will produce.
|We spent several hours wrestling PEX tubing into a three layered coil|
for the heat exchange element which will be submerged in the tank.
|The competed coil|
Other areas of progress; The interior walls are up, closed and primed. Wood flooring that acclimated in the space over the holiday weekend has been installed. Kitchen cabinetry will be delivered this week and the bathroom tile has arrived.
All of the ventilation hoses haves been attached to the ERV.
The exterior siding is mostly finished with a beautiful cedar ceiling on the front and screened porches. The septic system has been installed.
The garage door is installed and preliminary grading and landscaping is underway.
I mentioned in a prior post about the illusion of time during construction. We've hit a period of fast forward where the interior is quickly changing the look from a construction zone to a home. A warm beautiful home.