Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
E-Newsletters by Sun Plans
Periodically, Sun Plans sends an E-Newsletter with information about new house plans, educational info, homes under construction, homeowner comments, photos of newly completed homes, and designs on the board. Typically, E-Newsletters are sent out quarterly, but the schedule varies from year to year.
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Past E-Newsletters and other news
Summer Solstice 2024
     Passive cooling, visits to Sun Plans homes, and Passive House comments. (Did you know that a sun-inspired, passive solar home can optionally also become a Passive House if there is an experienced, certified Passive House (PH) builder, designer/consultant, and rater/verify nearby? If not, some Sun Plans homes are meeting those strict performance targets - and better in some cases - without certification with extreme attention to detail by the homeowner and their carefully selected subs and builders that may not have Passive House certification, but do have the willingness to go the extra step for the homeowners. There are often some "pretty good" builders, subs, and home energy raters available to help!)
Spring Equinox 2024
     Passive solar homeowner comments, videos of new house designs, and non-profits to learn from about creating healthy, comfortable, low-energy homes.
Winter Solstice 2023
     New designs plus favorite educational non-profits to prepare for creating a high-performing, low-energy home with passive heating and cooling.
Fall Equinox 2023
     New designs plus a home heated almost 100% by the sun but also stays cool
Summer 2023 Issue of Solar Today
     Article by Sun Plans architect Debbie Rucker Coleman:
     Why Homeowners Should Use Passive Solar Design
Summer Solstice 2023
     New house plans, floor plans  in progress, article in Solar Today
Spring Equinox 2023
     Floor plans in progress, sun-inspired design
Winter Solstice 2022
     Inspiring Interiors, Passive Solar Design Basics 1.5 hour CEU Webinar by Sun Plans architect for GreenHome Institute webinar series
Spring Equinox 2022
     New designs, ventilation, House Designs Recently Completed
Fall Equinox 2021
     New designs, photos, and comments; Upcoming Designs; ASES 2021 Conference; Tools for planning & siting
Summer Solstice 2021
     New house design, new photos, American Solar Energy Society & National Solar Tour - host or attend
Spring Equinox 2021
     New and upcoming house plans, passive solar books, planning a custom design
Winter Solstice 2020
     National Solar Tour Wrap-Up, new passive solar house plans, news from homeowners
Fall Equinox 2020
     2020 National Solar Tour, homeowner photos and comments, passive cooling surprises 
Summer Solstice 2020
    New plans including one changed to a sleek, modernized version. HVAC design.
Fall Equinox 2019
     Designing a KISS home, photos, Energy Vanguard for HVAC design, Driving to Net 0
Summer Solstice 2019
    New designs, owner comments, Green Building Advisor, A Pretty Good House
Winter Solstice 2018
     All is calm, all is bright...
Summer Solstice 2018
     Bright thoughts from Happy Home Owners, Importance of third-party HERS rater info
Nov 13, 2017
     20-90% Passive Solar Savings & KISSS Sun Calc Tool
Fall Equinox 2017
     See the four newest designs and Solar Decathlon information.
Summer Eclipse 2017
    Read about the importance of the sun in buildings and comments from owners.
Spring 2017
     Release of updated website!
Winter Solstice 2016
     An entire year of new plans, designs underway and photos and comments from homeowners
Summer Solstice 2015
     New sun-inspired designs, comments from homeowners.
Spring Equinox 2015
      Read about Zero Energy Home Design, Updated Create-A-SunPlan process and Sun-inspired homes both for sale and under construction.
Fall Equinox 2014
     Home Power Articles on RISE house and interview with Sun Plans' architect
Summer Solstice 2014
     Four new house plans, comments from sun-inspired home owners 
Spring 2014
     Four new house designs added, disadvantages of can lighting
Winter Solstice 2013 
     Holiday Greetings and New Open House added
Fall Equinox 2013
     Nature-Inspired design, shade lines from Canada, comments from sun-inspired homeowners
     Architect reflects on the importance of designing around nature and views
Spring Equinox 2013
     Take the Sun Plans survey about what you'd like in a home and vote on your favorite upcoming design.
Winter Solstice 2012
      Comments and Articles on Net Zero Homes and New Designs
Fall Equinox 2012
      Sunny and Simple home examples.
Summer Solstice 2012
     Sun Plans Celebrates 10 year Anniversary by reflecting on past and future home designs
Spring Equinox 2012
     Planning a Sun-Inspired Home Begins with the Site Analysis