Welcome to neoTerra
neoTerra is an experimental sustainable, passive solar home located in the beautiful Appalachian mountains of North Georgia.
The name neoTerra refers to the New Earth of the 21st Century. This will not be a pristine New Eden. It will be a crowded world with 9 billion people competing for food and resources. Only through sustainable design, conscientious use of materials and energy efficiency can we all enjoy a comfortable (and hopefully prosperous) future.
To maximize the benefits of passive solar design we selected a site with great south and southwest exposures in a hardwood forest setting. Mature oaks and hickories provide deep shade in the summer and plenty of sun in the winter.
Our goal is to develop and document a design that is low maintenance, cost-effective and energy efficient.
Weather on the Mountain
History in Pictures
We started construction in November of 2013 and finished November of 2014. A brief chronology of construction through the seasons.
The front of the house faces north