SUN & MUD – History and Advice from Three NM Pioneering Passive Solar Architects
May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MDT
Speakers: Architects Mark Chalom, Bruce Davis, and Quentin Wilson
Mark Chalom known for his “Solar Adobe” style, based on the past but adaptive and relevant to the future has won many awards including ASES’s Passive Solar Pioneer Award and the “Green Home of the Year Award from Build Green New Mexico and Su Casa Magazine. He is a frequent collaborator with Quentin Wilson who has constructed adobe homes for 25 years and is the director emeritus of Northern New Mexico College’s Adobe Construction Program. Bruce Davis is an early NMSEA member and ongoing collaborator with designer/builder Karen Terry. His projects include one of the first PV houses and one of the first night sky radiant cooling systems. His yearly energy bill = $150.
When you hear solar now, photovoltaic cells probably spring to mind. But solar electricity goes to waste if your house design ignores the sun’s thermal energy. The first Indigen-ous solar engineers knew how to position the right materials in harmony with sun movements and air flow to efficiently heat and cool their houses. That knowledge came to its heyday in NM in the works of pioneers Quentin Wilson, Bruce Davis and Mark Chalom who helped construct the Sundwellings cabins at Ghost Ranch and other notable projects throughout the southwest since the 1970s. The three will showcase their designs, discuss the history of passive solar in New Mexico as well as the founding of the NMSEA and dispense advice on building homes and cities that work with the sun to minimize energy consumption.
FREE. Q&A to follow.