Sustainable Solar-Dynamic Bio-Benign Design:
Offering Better Ways to Live, at Less Cost
Today and Tomorrow, Anywhere on Earth


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"In Our Every Deliberation, We Must Consider the Impact of Our Decisions on the next Seven Generations"
From the Great Law of the Iroquois Nation

SOLVIVA Solar-Dynamic, Bio-Benign Designs

by Anna Edey

RFD 1 Box 582, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Tel: (508) 693-3341 Fax: 693-2228 e-mail: solviva@vineyard.net

Solviva designs offer sustainable ways to live. Here are the descriptions and prices of the various available Solviva designs that have been developed over the last 20 years. Most of them are drawn to scale, but are not full-fledged stamped architectural plans (we are working on that, but they will be far more costly). However, experienced people should be able to build from these drawings, with some additional consulting time. Many detail options for windows, joinery, glazing etc are left up to the wishes of individuals.
It is essential to understand that significant changes to these designs, such as reducing the number of vents, or widening or narrowing the growing beds, or reducing the volume of water mass, may significantly reduce energy-efficiency and productivity. Appropriate amounts of consulting time may save considerable amounts of time, money and frustration.
The various Solviva designs can be modified to be larger or smaller than shown on these drawings. Custom design is also offered. All designs and drawings are protected by Copyright.
See bottom of page for a gallery of pictures.

A ... SOLVIVA 3000 s.f. GREENHOUSE (a.k.a: the "SOLVIVA WINTER GARDEN")

13 sheets containing detailed drawings with numbered descriptions.
Sheet No.1 shows interior/exterior see-through views in perspective, as seen from southeast, with 24 numbered written descriptions. It shows the Waterwall, the enclosures for the chickens and rabbits, the raised beds, the hanging growtubes, the solar water-heating, the framing and venting, the Earthlung filter. and the air circulation system.
Sheet No.2 shows the downstairs and the upstairs floor plans, and has 19 numbered written descriptions.
Sheet No.3 shows materials list "A", with 17 numbered descriptions.
Sheet No.4 shows materials list "B" for lower and upper floor plan, with 15 numbered written descriptions.
Sheet No.5 shows materials list "C", and perspective cut-away view as seen from southeast, with 23 numbered written descriptions.
Sheet No.6 shows perspective cut-away view from northeast, especially detailing the construction and placement of the hanging Growtubes, and production in them.
Sheet No.7 shows details of the Earthlung Air Filter, for moving air from animal quarters to the plant room, for trapping the ammonia but letting through the co2. With 17 numbered written descriptions.
Sheet No.8 shows details of the Waterwall, with 14 numbered written descriptions.
Sheet No.9 shows details of the solar-heating system and the wood back-up heating system for the central pool.
Sheet No.10 shows Foundation and Footing details.
Sheets No.11, 12 and 13 shows an earlier optional version of the Solviva greenhouse, with different venting system, also with many numbered written descriptions.

PRICE OF DRAWINGS: individual sheets: $50, the whole set of 13 sheets: $400


B ... "SOLVIVIZED" STANDARD DOUBLE-POLY GREENHOUSE

A new design that reduces costs and increases production and income.

Seven sheets show standard metal-frame (new or used) double-poly covered greenhouse, "Solvivized" to be energy self-sufficient in any climate. With Earthlung Filter, Waterwall, subsoil solar-heat storage, heat-releasing ventilation, quarters for chickens or other animals, wood-heated hot-tub, multi-level growing areas, one-step production of "micromix"( highest value salad greens). Also shows areas for processing, as well as composting and soil storage/blending. Many numbered descriptions. ---------------- Price of Drawings: $350 for the set.

C ... SOLVIVA BACKYARD FOOD FACTORY

5 sheets of drawings show construction details for a 15 x 24-foot home-scale energy-self-sufficient greenhouse, with space for chickens or other warm-blooded animals. If managed efficiently, this greenhouse could produce over 500 pounds of organic vegetables, greens and herbs per year, plus copious amounts of wholesome chicken and eggs.
Sheet No.1 shows Foundation, solar-heat circulation and storage, and Earthlung Air Filter.
Sheet No.2 shows Waterwall details.
Sheet No.3 shows Framing details.
Sheet No.4,5,6 shows Earthlung filter, solar/wood water/hot tub heating, growtubes in more detail. ------ Price of Drawings: individual sheets: $50, for the whole set: $250.

D ... SOLVIVA MINI-GREENHOUSE

3 sheets showing the details of another version of the "C" design, 12 x 24 feet. ------- Price: $150

E ... SOLVIVA WALK-IN COLDFRAME No. 1

1 sheet of drawings showing perspective view and plan of this 8x24-foot structure. -------- Price: $50

F ... SOLVIVA WALK-IN COLDFRAME No.2

1 sheet shows a 9x24' coldframe, more energy-efficient and productive than "E", with solar heat storage under growing-beds and direct-gain concrete north wall. -------------- Price: $100

The following PACKAGE is OFFERED and RECOMMENDED
in order to deepen understanding and increase options: A through F = $700, C through F = $300

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----------------------------- SOLVIVA SOLARGREEN HOME DESIGNS -----------------------------------

These home designs all include a sheet with detailed drawings and description of the basic Solviva solar heating/cooling roof and sub-floor solar heat storage system. This design is also sold separately for $75.


G ... SOLVIVA SOLARGREEN HOME No.1

One sheet showing a perspective interior/exterior view of the first Solviva solargreen home, as built in 1980, with some improvement modifications, such as a "rat-slab" under the sunroom section, and the full basement with concrete floor instead of crawlspace with dirt floor.
It contains 34 numbered descriptions of the interior garden and movable window insulation, the solar heating and storage of air and water, the solar cooling, the compostoilet, the wood-heating stove with massive heat storage. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Price: $50

H ... SOLVIVA SOLARGREEN HOMES ----- No. 2a, 2b, 2c

Three sheets showing small homes (800 square feet of living space, plus 500 square feet of utility space) in 5 different images:
1: Cross section showing solar roof, solar-heat circulation and basement solar-heat storage, and composting toilet chamber.
2: South elevation.
3: North elevation, including basement with solar-heat storage.
4: First floor, showing kitchen, growing beds, dining/living room, chicken room, composting room
5: Second floor, showing one bedroom, desk area and bathroom, all overlooking downstairs growing beds. Walk-in closet. Toilet room with Solviva Compostoilet No.2 (design details available separately).
With many numbered written descriptions of details. ------ Price: $100 for each sheet, or $220 for set of three

I ... SOLVIVA SOLARGREEN HOME No.3

One sheet showing this home (1200 square feet of living space) in 7 different images:
1: South elevation. 2: North elevation. 3: West elevation. 4: East elevation.
5:
Plan of first floor showing kitchen/dining room, living room, 1-2 extra rooms (studio, office, guest or bedroom), dual wood heating stoves for cooking and space/water heating, interior garden beds, stairway to second floor, pantry/utility/entry, and chicken room.
6:Second floor, showing 2 toilet rooms with Solviva Compostoilet No.2 (detailed design available separately), a bathroom over-looking the downstairs interior garden beds, and 2 bedrooms.
7: Cross-section showing solar-heating roof, hot-air circulation and sub-floor rock storage. ------ Price: $100

J ... SOLVIVA SOLARGREEN HOME No.4

One sheet showing this home (1900 square feet of living space) in 5 different images:
1: Perspective view of exterior as seen from the southeast
2: Perspective view of exterior as seen from the northeast
3: Plan of first floor showing kitchen/dining room, living room, studio/office/guest room, dual wood heating stoves for cooking and space/water heating, greenroom, solargreen bathroom with compostoilet (detail design available separately), stairway to second floor, pantry/utility/entry, and chicken room.
4:Second floor, showing bathroom with compostoilet, and 3 bedrooms
5: Cross section showing solar-heat circulation and storage, interior and exterior stairway and rooftop deck, and third floor.
With 34 numbered written descriptions of details. ------------------------------------------- Price: $100

K ... SOLVIVA SOLARGREEN MINI-CABIN

This tiny cabin, suitable as a BACKYARD OFFICE/STUDIO or GUEST COTTAGE, is 10 x 20 feet, with 170 square feet of interior on the first floor and 100 square feet upstairs (not counting space with less than 54" headroom). One sheet showing:
1: South elevation.
2:Downstairs floor plan, with desk area, mini-kitchen, growing bed, and sitting area.
3:Cross-section, showing foundation, solar-heat circulation, sub-floor rock storage, solar roof. --- Price: $100

L ... SOLVIVA GARAGE/APARTMENT

This shows a 2-car garage with a 415 sq.ft. apartment above, a 230 sq.ft. 2-story greenhouse with wood/solar-heated hottub, integrated chicken-coop. ------------------------------------------------------- Price: $100

M ...SOLVIVA MODULAR or MOBILE HOME RETROFIT

This design can be adapted to most mobile and modular homes. Will greatly improve energy efficiency and air quality - and is capable of food production. --------------------------------------------------- Price: $100

The following PACKAGE is OFFERED and RECOMMENDED
in order to increase understanding and options: Price: G through M = $400


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N ... SOLVIVA COMPOSTOILET No.1
One sheet showing the most versatile, simplest and least costly of the Solviva Compostoilets. This toilet is shown in exterior and interior view on pages in 41 and 51 in the SOLVIVA book. It requires no space below the floor of the toilet room. Instead, a 20-gallon plastic barrel serves as a holding chamber, and it sits in an attractive wood cabinet topped with a toilet lid. When the barrel is 3/4 full it is pulled out through a small door in the exterior wall right behind the toilet, and is placed in the small adjacent solar composting shed. A clean barrel is immediately replaced into the toilet cabinet. The whole operation takes less than 3 minutes. This toilet can serve a single person, a family, or a crowd. For a single person, the barrels need to be exchanged about once every 4 weeks. For a crowd-event the barrel may need to be exchanged once a day. With 15 numbered written descriptions. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Price: $50

O ... SOLVIVA COMPOSTOILET No.2
One sheet showing a version with 2 toilets in 2 separate bathrooms, and shows the dispenser for biocarbon cover material, the urine collection chamber, the clean-out door and arrangement. This version of the Solviva Compostoilet requires a 6-8-foot high interior space below the toilet, to accommodate the composting chamber. 19 numbered written descriptions. -------------------------------------------- Price: $50

P ... SOLVIVA COMPOSTOILET No.3
One sheet showing a compostoilet built in conjunction with a south-facing exterior wall, that protrudes outside the house wall (and therefore requires less interior space), with solar heating assist that also provides solar heating for house air and water. Shows arrangement for serving 1-4 toilets with same composting chamber. With 19 numbered written descriptions. ------------------------------------------------- Price: $50

Q ...SOLVIVA SIMPLEST COMPOSTOILET

One sheet showing a very simple toilet system, very low cost and convenient, totally sanitary, odor-free, non-polluting. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Price: $50

R ...SOLVIVA VERY SIMPLEST COMPOSTOILET

One sheet showing an even simpler toilet design. ----------------------------------------- Price: $50

S ...SOLVIVA FLUSH TOILET COMPOSTING SYSTEM
One sheet showing the excellent system that is described on page 51 in the Solviva book. --- Price: $50

T ... SOLVIVA GRAYWATER PURIFICATION/IRRIGATION SYSTEM
One sheet showing this simple, low-cost and effective system. ---------- Price: $50

The following PACKAGE is OFFERED and RECOMMENDED
in order to increase understanding and options: Price: N through T = $250


Price of Drawings: as noted. Call for questions or design clarifications is free.
Price of Consulting: $75/hour, by telephone, mail or e-mail. Custom design: $50/hour

PAYMENT METHODS: Visa, Mastercard or American Express,
or Check made out on US bank, or Postal Money Order in US$, made out to "SOLVIVA".

NOTE: You may want to call before ordering, to discuss options most likely to satisfy your needs.

Wishing you the very best,

Anna Edey

SOLVIVA, 18 Solviva Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Tel: (508) 693-3341, Fax: (508) 693-2228, e-mail: solviva@vineyard.net, website: www.solviva.com
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Picture Gallery of various Solviva designs
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Version A of the 800 s.f. Solviva Solargreen home. Hottub in the foreground. Attached chicken room left back corner.

Version A of the 800 s.f. Solviva Solargreen home, viewed from northeast. Chicken room is seen to the right.

800 s.f. Solviva Solargreen home, version B.
View from southeast.

800 s.f. Solviva Solargreen home, version B. View from northeast.

Yet another version of the 800 s.f. Solviva Solargreen home, view from southeast.

Yet another version of the 800 s.f. Solviva Solargreen home, view from northeast.

The Solviva Backyard Food Factory: southeast view.
It even has a small hottub and sitting area.


The Solviva Backyard Food Factory: northeast view.
Vegetables, eggs, chicken year-round, without heating fuel or grid electricity or pesticides or pollution.

Solviva Solargreen Home,
southwest adobe style
.

A Solviva retrofit design
for a standard Cape home.

One-Acre Solviva Farm
Income potential: $500,000+/year.
10,000-square-foot Solviva Greenhouse and 10 walk-in Solviva Coldframes,
plus outdoor growing beds, plus grazing areas for chickens and sheep, plus Store and Visitor Center.
No heating fuel or grid electricity. No toxic pesticides or water pollution.

McCann Greenhouse

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How to contact Anna Edey, Solviva, Trailblazer Press:
18 Solviva Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Tel: (508) 693-3341- - Cell phone: (774) 563-0898 - - Fax: (508) 693-2228
e-mail: solviva@vineyard.net, website: www.solviva.com

AND, as of January 2014, at Blog/Website: www.solvivagreenlight.com