Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Solar Today Summer 2023
Solar Today Summer 2023 Article by Sun Plans architect Debbie Rucker Coleman.
Why Homeowners Should Use Passive Solar Design
Build with Rise
Rita and Sean's RISE passive solar, net-zero home is featured on Build With Rise Nov 2019.
Here you can see the RISE design and purchase plans.
Home Power
Sun Plans' RISE home was on the cover of Home Power Aug/Sept 2014.  Download the article here on Mountain Solar.
Home Power also interviewed the Sun Plans Architect in 2014.  It includes some of her best advice for building a passive solar home. Download the interview article on Stock or Custom Solar Plans?
"Net Zero Performance" in Home Power Aug/Sept 2012 by a Sun Plan's client who followed the Passive House philosophy during construction. Even though 100% passive solar is difficult to achieve in any climate, even in the cold climate of Colorado, Jim wrote:
"The passive solar design meets all of our space-heating needs..."
Download the online article "Net Zero Performance".
(Although Home Power is no longer publishing, for the time being, back issues can still be downloaded from their website.)
Mother Earth News
An interview with Sun Plans architect Debbie Coleman on page 6 in Mother Earth News Magazine - Oct/Nov 2012.
Read the online version of the Mother Earth News Interview with the Sun Plans architect.
Green Building & Sustainable Strategies
Sandy and Bill's Atrium 3 home is reviewed in a Canadian publication. The two-story atrium provides natural light and ventilation into the center of the home. Sun Plans homes can be adapted to many budgets based on the interior finishes chosen by the homeowner. Sandy and Bill chose some of the finest available. They made some adaptations to the Atrium 3 design on the Sun Plans' website to fit their lifestyle.
Download the article by Green Building & Sustainable Strategies.
Comparing Sun-Inspired Homes to Passive Houses
With the US and German versions of "Passive House" and then PHIUS, it's only natural to be confused and wonder how they compare to a passive solar house including a Sun Plan. A sun-inspired house has always been a passive solar house, but did you know that it can also be a "Passive House"?" For certification, a local Passive House or PHIUS professional would perform the evaluation.
Download the article comparing Sun-Inspired Homes to Passive Houses.