Sustainable Energy


The structure is positioned to maximize passive solar heating from its south-facing windows. It is built into the south-facing hillside to help insulate the lower floor. The northern wall has few windows, to reduce infiltration of unheated air on the north side of the house.

During construction, re-purposed flooring and doors were used throughout the building. The rugs and carpets are made out of recycled water bottles. A unique ventilation system captures the heat generated by the wood stove in the living quarters and distributes the heat to the bedrooms, conference room, and office. In conjunction with the geothermal heat pump and solar hydronics, hot water is supplied to the radiant floor heating system, which is used throughout the structure.

Events & Programs


There's always something fun to do at Beaver Ponds this summer.
Here are some upcoming programs and events.


Plant Walks - The 30th of each month
August 30, 10am - 12pm
Contact Eric Chatt for more information at (719) 838-0143

Plein Air Artists 
September 5, 9am - 3pm
Contact Julie Bullock for more information at (719) 836-2622

Fiber Workshop Series - Felting Insoles
September 9, 1pm - 4pm
Contact Krissy Barrett for more information at (719) 838-0143
Click here for more information!

Downtown Denver Expeditionary School Fall Campers
September 12-14, 11am - 1pm
For more information visit

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2234 Busch Run Road
Fairplay, CO 80440

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