These are some of the sustainable home designs built by Sun and Earth Construction.
“I knew that Jim Graham was the only builder I would ever work with. He is a man of such incredible integrity, and he really cares. He cares about the environment, he cares about his clients and he cares about the houses he builds. Jim is a gem.”
“I had almost no propane bill for the winter.”
“Right now, even with my air conditioner on all the time, El Paso Electric is still sending me payments of about $90 a month.”SANDRA BARTY, homeowner
The Smith – Murray guest house is 700 Sq. Ft. It is passive solar built with adobe. It has the first radiant (hydronic) cooling system in Southern NM.
This is a 3,000 Sq. Ft. home with both active and passive heating and radiant cooling. It is adobe with 18” thick walls, extensive custom woodwork, and a sunroom.
“Our new home is 3,000 square feet. The temperature within the new home remains constant and comfortable from day to night and throughout the seasons. Our former home was smaller (1,100 square feet), yet the utility bills were higher. Even with electric heat, the old house was often cold on winter evenings.”
“We were impressed by the quality of craftsmanship and attention to detail. We appreciate Sun & Earth’s customer-friendly approach. We felt part of a collaborative effort to bring our dream house to fruition.”
”the in-floor radiant heating system is much less drying than forced air during the winter months.”
‘the house has not required heavy maintenance due to the quality of materials and workmanship, high quality stucco, roofing, insulation and other features that have saved money over time.”
“We are very pleased. The house has exceeded our expectations in terms of aesthetics, quality, and energy efficiency.”
“Friends from Germany said this was the most beautiful house that they had ever seen that real people lived in.”
Dr. Nancy Baker and Dr. Peter Gregware, professors at NMSU, eight years after initial construction, typical results of Sun and Earth client oriented approach.
This is a passive solar adobe that has never required a furnace. It includes seismic resistant features.