Proud Green Home: Homes with passive survivability resilient to power outages
Last winter, an ice storm took the city of Dallas by surprise, and power lines went down throughout the city. In Gary Gene Olp's neighborhood, power lines were down for nearly a week. All of his neighbors had to vacate their frigid homes, but Olp's family stayed put.
The Olp family was able to stay in their 3,600-squarefoot home, despite the power outage, because the home was built with passive survivability in mind. The home is heavily insulated, so the temperature never dropped below 67 degrees indoors, and as soon as the family was up and a fireplace was lit, the home stayed at a comfortable 71 degrees each day, Olp said.