The Blue Sky Prototype home rests peacefully by a large outcrop of rocks on the dry landscape just north of Joshua Tree National Park. When the owner, David McAdam, bought the property he knew that wood shouldn’t be used because it wouldn’t hold up against nature’s elements.
Steel was the first thought to be used but with the high temperature during the day and the chilly air at night, there would be a big problem. A technology firm appointed by David McAdam came up with a solution using steel studs insulated with polystyrene foam. This would create a channel that forces the hot and cold temperatures to have less of an effect metal’s temperature.
Sunlight is used to power the heating system for the entire house: hot water, space heating, hot tub. Oh how I would like to catch some of those sun rays while dipping my feet in the hot tub.
Read more about the house on Dwell.