A Wooden House Powered by the Sun
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A Wooden House Powered by the Sun

Passive Architecture
Zygmunt Borawski
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Ola and Przemek have a home that is powered only by the sun. They breathe clean air, don’t have to worry about mold, and their energy bills are ridiculously low. This is their story, as told from within the house they had built themselves.

We had an apartment in a building. I had been a bank manager for many years; Przemek had a motorcycle garage, he was previously in the military. Later, I enrolled in cultural studies and took a position as a preschool teacher. We dreamed of having a house. And so we started looking for land. Twice we could have bought a bad plot, but my dad saved us the first time, and my mum, a forester, prevented the second. They noticed something sketchy, and each time they were right. In fact, none of this would’ve been possible if not for my parents. They also contributed to the investment. As luck would have it, we found another spot

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