Boulder, Colorado, straddles a dynamic geographical border where miles of Rocky Mountains descend into flat plains that stretch all the way to the Appalachians. With four picture-perfect seasons and more sunny days per year than Miami, the little university town has become a big draw for young families seeking an idyllic place to raise their kids.
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- Hay insulation, passive solar, drought-tolerant gardens: Behold the following 7 houses from Dwell's pages that give back by striving for net-zero status.
- Amidst the epic national parks and famous ski-resorts, modern architecture abounds in the Centennial state.
- In our 2008 sustainability issue, we featured the Boulder residence of Rob Pyatt and Heather Kahn-Pyatt.
- In the Napa Valley, one sustainable residence elegantly demonstrates straw bale technology.
- When it comes to ecologically minded building materials, straw bales are among the kindest (they involve repurposing waste material from the grain growing industry).
- How an unfussy, nearly zero-energy family home in Santa Cruz, California, wound up with hay bales in the walls, a state-of-the-art heat pump system, and six very happy residents.
- For "Gotta Bale," the Off the Grid story in our October 2012 issue, we visit the Santa Cruz, California, home of college professors Bernie Tershy and Erika Zavaleta.
- Most deserts are dry and dusty expanses of blue skies, bleached soil, and rulerflat horizons. The Colorado Plateau is not one of them.