The Solar Series

earth-bermed & earth-tempered sustainable living

The Solar Series

Earth-bermed & earth-tempered sustainable living

Formerly known as the "Survival Consultants (SURVCON) Series".

Energy savings and sustainability begin with architecture. The position of your Kit on land, its orientation towards the sun, and geometry of its design are how we use the sun’s energy to provide interior climate control. Passive solar design is the least expensive and most natural way to utilize solar power. The Solar Series passive solar Kits are shaped to admit warming sunlight during the winter months and shade the interior from the sun during summer. These Kits use the density and conductivity of the floor slab to distribute warmth in winter and to keep the house cool in summer. Earth Tempering, berming your passive solar house in a south-facing slope, is extremely important. Insulation will protect your foundations from temperature change, and the moderate temperature of the Earth’s crust will reduce heating and cooling loads.

This design is what makes solar-heated water and photovoltaic energy economically viable: Start your sustainable solar program with the geometry and features of the house itself.


Building Types
Total Kits in Series
3 kits
Size Range
1150 - 1420 sq.ft.
energy-independence, green, hillside, low-cost

Standard Features

All Kits come with:

Custom Features

Upgrades for your Kit:

  • Tornado-resistance
  • Flood-resistance
  • Floorplan modifications
  • Door/window adjustments
  • Wall height changes
  • Roof pitch/peak changes

Check out custom Kit Designs, and then contact us with your requirements!


Industrial-grade materials:

  • Structural galvanized cold formed light gauge steel
  • Structural galvanized expanded Carbon steel
  • amcorite™ structural Ferrocement additive
  • Chromium-plated fasteners
  • See Kit Contents for details

Professional Services

All Kits include:

  • On-site Field Representative Kit assembly tutorial & crew instruction
  • Steel panel and frame design in coordination with architect or project engineer
  • Sealed drawings of structural frame for building permit submission
  • Coordination with local code authority to expedite approval
  • Illustrated Field Manual detailing shell assembly
  • See Kit Contents for details


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