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Foundation
Stemwall
Block walls- lower
Block walls- upper
Roof- beams, decking & porch
Roof- ventilation, insulation & sheeting
Roof- plenum, clerestory & parapet
Standing seam metal roof
Exterior walls- stucco & windows
Exterior walls- rigid insulation
Exterior walls- lath, stucco & paint
South glass face
Foundation wrap
Front porch
Arizona room
Photovoltaic system
Rainwater collection
Kiva fireplace
Adobe pizza oven

Rainwater collection
Rainwater collection: Our 3000 plus square foot roof provides us the opportunity to collect a huge volume of water. The gutters down the north and south sides of the house connect to pipes which empty into a 3500 gallon collection system. The rainwater then gravity feeds into the house where it will be filtered and pumped to all the fixtures in the house. Well water will be used for drinking/potable needs. Rainwater is nice because it is naturally soft and free of the harsh minerals which ruin household fixtures. We will also use this rainwater for interior and exterior irrigation.



A gutter on the north side of the roof runs into a 4" ABS pipe which leads to a cistern...



A gutter on the south side of the roof also channels into a pipe which will go to a cistern...



Rainwater pipe dropping down off the front porch roof...



Both 2500 and 1000 gallon cisterns in place and ready for partial burrial...



The two cisterns are connected and then fed through a pipe into the mechanical room...



Water comes into house on right, goes to root cellar, and then out to the water board...



Both rainwater and well water supply pipes enter the root cellar where the pressure tanks will be...



4" ABS cistern overflow pipes now installed...



The cisterns are burried to roughly half their height to prevent the water from freezing in winter...



A look at the complete rainwater collection system...

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