Passive Solar Gets Place in the Sun

'A smarter way to build,' says developer of energy-efficient homes

Published: 18-Aug-2003

ing by all the homes' big windows, a first-time visitor to Solar Ridge might think all the neighborhood's residents are seriously enamored of their view.

But while the foothills are beautiful on the northwest side of Fort Collins, the windows in Solar Ridge are there to let in the sun more than to view the scenery.

"Using passive solar is just a smarter way to build houses," said Charles Cox, who developed Solar Ridge and built about a third of the houses in the subdivision.

A self-described "back-to-the-land-type person," Cox built himself a passive solar house in Rist Canyon. In 1993, he decided to take the concept to a larger scale.

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