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Dear Editor,

A while back I came across some info about a unique home construction concept that was like a house within a house that allowed air to circulate from the basement up to the attic, then across the attic and back down the other side to the basement to repeat the cycle. There was a window wall that faced south to collect the solar energy… so the circulating air would pass by the warm wall and heat the house without a furnace. I lost the source due to a computer crash and would like to find it again. I have searched, but can’t remember the name of the company or what the concept is called. Have you heard of this type construction? If you have a way to find it, I would be so happy. I think I’d like to build a house like that. I’m sure others may be interested in the concept as well.


Dear Searching,

I think you’re talking about a double wall passive solar home, more to the point, the double envelope passive solar shell design by Lee Porter Butler in 1975. Here is a Wikipedia entry on that particular construction design. There are a lot of links in the article that should be able to get you back up and going on your research for building this type of home.

In addition, for our readers that are interested in building homes that employ passive solar energy, here is a website that shows a variety of different construction methods, from earth-bermed and underground homes to log cabin construction and straw bale construction.

The Editor



Dear Editor,

I read, with interest, your most recent newsletter and I want to share with you a non-profit organization (501(c) 3) that I volunteer at that teaches the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship and American Heritage with the hopes that you would help let other people know about us. It’s called Project Appleseed, and you can find us online at

Project Appleseed teaches the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship and intertwines these skills with the history and heritage of our great nation. Rifle skills are becoming a lost art in modern America, but we feel that they are as important today as they were on April 19th, 1775 when the first shots were fired on Lexington Green.

Attending an Appleseed reacquaints participants with the past and offers them the knowledge and rifle skills necessary to help ensure freedom for the future. Events are held nationwide and are EXTREMELY family friendly.   In fact, we encourage families to attend together. Women and children can attend for free except for a small registration fee. Our rates for men are reasonable – $70 for two full days of instruction. And we honor our Active Military, Reserve, National Guard, and Police. They attend free and we waive the registration fee too.

Check us out. We have events located nationwide all year long. We would love for your readers to come to an event or consider hosting their own Project Appleseed event. We are also available to come speak at any event to share the history and heritage portion of Project Appleseed. For more information, please visit our website or contact us via email at [email protected].

Thank you,


Dear RS,

It sounds like a wonderful organization, and I’m including your letter here in our newsletter this week to inform our readers. Thank you for writing!

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