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Types of Solar

Buildings designed for passive solar heating with natural sunlight to light a building’s interior incorporate large south-facing windows, …

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Our Work Price-Herndl Home This is an adobe and frame home of 2,000 Sq. Ft. It is a …

Price-Herndl Home

Built by Sun and Earth Custom Cabinets Built by Sun and Earth Custom Home This is an adobe …

Grenko-Miale Home

Grenko-Miale Home This is a conventionally framed home with a pitched metal roof, interior mass walls for passive …

Gordon-Bunge Home

This is a passive solar adobe that has never required a furnace. It includes seismic resistant features. Passive …

Baker-Gregware Home

This is a 3,000 Sq. Ft. home with both active and passive heating and radiant cooling. It is …

Smith-Murray Guest House

Hydronic Heating and Cooling in floor …

Barty Home

Custom Home “I knew that Jim Graham was the only builder I would ever work with. He is …

Earth Sheltered Homes

Adobe Homes Jeanette Harris is a freelance writer, realtor, and lover of interesting houses. Her article appeared in …

The Extraordinary House That Jim Built

It took one man’s special needs, one woman’s special imagination, one family’s determination to pitch in and one …

Inside the ‘Platinum Trailblazer’

Don and Beatriz Rudisill reach for the highest level of LEED certification By Bethany Conway, The Las Cruces …

Jim Graham overcomes the hype of going green

Sun & Earth lays the building blocks of energy efficiency By Jonathan Butz, The Las Cruces Bulletin Everyone …

Escape from New York

Sandra Barty created her very own quiet, cozy space in the Southwest By Bethany Conway, The Las Cruces …

Energy Efficiency

The wholesale price of propane increased at 3.8% per year from 1990 – 1999. That is the lowest …

Durability

The Foundation We offer post tensioned concrete, using fly ash as an additive material to concrete. Find out …

Economics & Weather

Las Cruces, New Mexico Las Cruces is located in a high desert climate. The weather is characterized by …

How Good is that Wall?

How Good is that Wall? With a conventional 2 x 6 wall, you get a nominal R-19 rating, …

Types of Solar

Passive Solar Heating Buildings designed for passive solar heating with natural sunlight to light a building’s interior incorporate …

Air Conditioning in Southern New Mexico

For the next issue, I would like to start an article on air conditioning systems that are commonly …

Green Building: Minimal Impact on Environment

A green building is any building that is sited, designed, constructed, operated, and maintained for the health and …

Post-Tensioning Concrete

Post-tensioning is a method of reinforcing (strengthening) concrete or other materials with high-strength steel strands or bars, typically …

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs add energy efficiency and a reflective surface when natural metal or light colors are selected. They …

Using Fly Ash to Improve Concrete Quality and Reduce Environmental Impact

Sustainable Construction For A New Millennia www.sunandearth.net Jim Graham Sun & Earth Construction LLC. This article is about …

Sustainability

Why should we do anything about sustainability? The answer in all cases is to insure a decent, secure, …

Environmentally Friendly Earth Plaster

The walls are the largest surface area in a room, yet they are often overlooked in favor of …

Leed Certification

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a globally recognized sustainability achievement symbol. It is the most …

What is Radiant Heating and Cooling?

Radiant Heating and Cooling can also be called hydronic heating and cooling because it uses water as the …

A Guide to Building an Affordable Home in New Mexico

A Value Driven Approach There are many aspects to building an affordable home. The most obvious is just …

Reasons to Build Sustainably, Especially in New Mexico

Tangibles -Economics A more sustainable building is a better investment for many reasons. It will cost less to …