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Custom Self Sufficient Homes for over 30 years     See Details and Images

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Karlis Viceps LEED AP awarded Taos Habitat for Humanity Green Home Design Competition winner, June 2009.

Karlis Viceps LEED AP receives the Rebecca Vories Award from the American Solar Energy Society, May 2010.

LEED® Accredited Professional

Solar Plans LLC's President, Karlis D. Viceps LEED AP, is semi-retired and only working with returning clients and referrals. Peruse our website to learn more about integrating sustainability in your designs.

Our work provides consulting and guidance on sustainable systems integration, passive solar design, and green building for residential projects, commercial and school facilities. With Karlis' degree in civil engineering and land use planning background he still provides conceptual site planning design.

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Educational Resources

Guide To Solar and Holistic Residential Design     See Sample Pages

This is a superb reference to educate yourself about all the systems involved in designing a very efficient and green home. Topics include site selection, how to heat with passive solar energy, how to incorporate mass and insulation for optimal comfort in all seasons, solar hot water heating, solar electricity integration, rainwater harvesting and help for selecting green building materials.

Contact Us if interested in purchasing this PDF electronic Residential Design Guidebook.


Rainwater Harvesting Guide   Download free PDF file

Rain water is a resource which can easily be captured, stored and treated off the roof of our buildings. This paper presents the basics for the system components and provides tips on water use reduction and assistance in calculating how much water you will garner from your roof area.



 Solar House Plans

FLOOR PLAN IDEAS   Review Catalog

The Solar Dozen are 12 proven performance and environmentally sensitive home designs selected from Karlis Viceps' 25+ years of design experience. These homes are in the contemporary pueblo architectural style and are engineered for the cooler winter climates of the southwest. Typical energy savings and carbon reduction amounts are calculated based on past weather data for each home. Most of these homes have been built in north central New Mexico.

If you see a plan that appeals to you we can use that as a starting point in design development for your specific needs and site.

We are no longer selling "stock" plans from this catalog because of advancements in super efficient design details and the integration of LEED principles in all of our work.


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and Lifetime Member of New Mexico Solar Energy Association


Life Cycle and Carbon Impact of building materials New Database (click on descriptive text below):

Quartz Project

Recent articles on Climate Change and CO2 issues (click on descriptive text below):

Architecture 2030 Viewpoint after the US Election

October 2015 Smashed Temperature Records Around the World

While GDP is growing CO2 is falling

We Need More Action to slow Climate Change

NASA Map of Emissions Concentration points a finger at the USA, China and Europe

Following up after the Peoples Climate March 2014

Methane from SW 4Corners is a serious issue

Solar Impulse 2 airplane successfully flew around the world


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AIA+2030 Online Series: Education for Improving our Built Environment

SolarCity roofs demonstration with Tesla's grid tie battery backup; Elon Musk presentation

Tesla's Model 3 electric car announcement