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When the Charlottesville Waldorf School bought 13 undeveloped acres outside Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2002, the idea was simply to build a permanent home for the school’s 130 students, replacing the rented space closer to the center of town that the school had outgrown.

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  The rendering demonstrates how the orientation of the proposed building maximizes solar energy. The orange dots represent the sun's arc at its highest, middle, and lowest points. South-facing windows combined with rammed-earth and straw-bale construction will help retain solar gains during daylight hours.
    The rendering demonstrates how the orientation of the proposed building maximizes solar energy. The orange dots represent the sun's arc at its highest, middle, and lowest points. South-facing windows combined with rammed-earth and straw-bale construction will help retain solar gains during daylight hours.
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  This section shows the living roof that will provide excellent insulation and curtail stormwater runoff. Large expanses of glass provide ample natural light to heat the centrally located rammed-earth wall.
    This section shows the living roof that will provide excellent insulation and curtail stormwater runoff. Large expanses of glass provide ample natural light to heat the centrally located rammed-earth wall.

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