Bill Tucker wrote: My challenge, though, is that I ALSO want to open the house up to the lovely outdoors (e.g. Nana-type doors).
.... I agree with you that humidity is my greatest challenge to address passively. Have you seen the Leaf House desiccant waterfall out of UMD? Not totally passive but very interesting. And I keep thinking that Vanderbilt and his summer guests were somehow ok without air conditioners and dehumidifiers. There MUST be strategies which work.
Rebecca, covenants I will have to follow disallow earthen buildings but I do appreciate their thermal properties combined with low-embodied energy.