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The Sun Inspired House E-book is now available, along with the supplementary document. Together, the electronic books contain over 400 pages and over 100 home designs in PDF format!

The E-books hold the same combination of educational content and house plan ideas, but are more environmentally friendly with no paper or shipping. They can be read with any PDF reader on desktops, tablets or smart phones and the documents are delivered electronically.

Purchase The Sun-Inspired House E-book with Supplement today through our Secure Online Store!

1)       The Sun-Inspired House E-book will soon be available!  It will have the same combination of educational content and house plan ideas, but will be more environmentally friendly with no paper or shipping.


“Sun-Inspired E-book Extras” is also in the making. It will feature over 50 designs that are not in The Sun–Inspired House book.

Still like to hold a printed book in your hands while reading? Order the printed book today for the new low price of $25 (including shipping) and receive BOTH the E-book AND the E-book supplement for no additional charge when they are ready in a few weeks. ($40 value) Go directly to the shopping cart page for the book.

Although spring is green, there may be a lack of green in many pocketbooks with the economic downturn. Clients are returning to us for smaller home designs. Some have found that the house plan they had purchased from us was really too large for not only their wallet, but also their lifestyle. After careful consideration, they decided some spaces were not needed.

Sun Plans now has a clunker program where you can trade in your previously purchased Blueprints or CAD Files for a smaller house plan for an exchange fee. When asked which are our most energy-efficient house plans, we continue to give the same answer: “The smallest!”

One customer’s e-mail reminded us of the need to point out how daylight basements can be the MOST energy efficient spaces. We appreciate our customers’ attention to detail, especially when they find the occasional mistake in our book or drawings. (It’s hard to admit not being perfect!) In our book, page 65, the first page of Chapter 6 on Tips for Browsing Sun-Inspired House Plans should read:

“If land slopes to allow for south windows in a daylight basement, south basement rooms can be sunny. The north areas can be partially earth-bermed. This can be the LEAST costly and MOST energy efficient location for secondary living areas and bedrooms.”

Both the Fernwood (photos shown above) and the French Cowgirl (photo shown below) are good examples of utilizing a daylight basement. (Thanks Mike and Mary, Conni and Craig for sharing your photos!)

Click to see more about the Fernwood.

We have not increased our prices in about two years (or some items it’s been much longer than that) ,but we will be doing so shortly – but not before April 15th!

Our book will be priced the same. We will continue to credit the price paid for a Construction Review Set ordered in the past (or future) when an order is placed for Blueprints or CAD Files.

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The Sun-Inspired House Book Cover

The Sun-Inspired House Book Cover

If you want to learn about the benefits of a passive solar home and how to approach the custom design and building process, you might want to pick up a copy of my book, The Sun-Inspired House.

The book covers the underlying principles of using sun and light to energize a home and the prerequisites involved in a sustainable or green design. With information on selecting and working with a builder, a primer on energy analysis and rating systems, and over 50 sun-inspired designs to peruse, this book is an excellent source of information for anyone considering building a passive solar home.

One of my favorite energy writers, Martin Holladay, wrote a very honest review of the book last summer comparing it to other popular books on passive solar. See more about him and the review in “Musings of an Energy Nerd.”

martin_holladay_250The Sun-Inspired House Book Review by Popular “Energy Nerd” Martin Holladay

As editor of the Energy Design Update, Martin Holladay wrote a review of my book in the July 2008 issue:

“The Sun-Inspired House, a 247-page book by architect Debra Rucker Coleman, may be the best available introduction to passive solar design. Coleman’s book is much more useful than three better- known books on the topic:…”

Later that year, Holladay joined the GreenBuildingAdvisor.com team as senior editor where his “Musings of an Energy Nerd” blog is one of my favorites. It is always chock full of interesting information on energy savings and green approaches.

Musings of an Energy Nerd
Martin Holladay’s new blog at Green Building Advisor is a favorite.

 Read his full review here: http://www.sunplans.com/misc/Energy%20Design%20Update%20pages%2014-15.pdf