We built a State of the Art off grid home to demonstrate how you can live in a Secure, Comfortable and Independent environment without being connected to the Electrical Grid. SECURITY:Built with…Continue
"First off, check the laws in your area. Drought prone areas often prohibit on site collection / retention as hoarding a resource the gov't needs to amalgamate and manage for the good of all. Many areas prohibit on site treatment and…"
"Integrating it all is hard if the design didn't have that in mind & few homes do other than Earthship Biotecture's designs, there are few to claim such.
I have an integrated all-electric off-grid design, the Spartan Farmhouse,…"
"In the North, when the heat is needed most is at night and on colder, cloudy days. PV won't work, hence storage is necessary. Tons of batteries, or water thermal or masonry thermal. How much? depends on the house and the weather. This is a…"
"The largest issue being off-grid is thermal energy, heating & cooling my guess 80% of needs the rest is electricity for a typical home including the hot-water & laundry.
Firstly is that Long-Wave Infrared, LWIR is conserved cloudy day or not…"
"Solar pv is generally inexpensive. My recommendation for anyone traveling down the off grid path is to greatly oversize your pv array and use a relay to trigger a switch to turn on either resistance heating elements or a heat pump to heat water, for…"
"All well and good, but you still have to come up with solutions to provide electricity, space heat/cooling and HWH during the worst months of the year. I'm in a Northern heating climate so I've thought about this a lot. Seasonal…"
"For homes with septic tanks that effluent can be used to grow algae using photo-bioreactors to purify the water, it only takes filters for full recycling algae are very good at cleaning water, Earthships use this effluent for outdoor landscape…"
"Utilities are starting to "catch on" to the "green movement" and are increasing the fixed monthly connection charge instead of KWH rates. Disconnecting completely is the only way to eliminate this ever increasing fixed cost."
We built a State of the Art off grid home to demonstrate how you can live in a Secure, Comfortable and Independent environment without being connected to the Electrical Grid. SECURITY:Built with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF's) and other above code construction providing a secure storm shelter.Built with an engineering philosophy of redundancy and fail safe for systems within the house- water, HVAC, and electrical. In worst case scenario, you will only experience a mild convenience from any…See More
Our Charlotte, NC based company was formed to relax community wide dependence on fossil fuels. We perform energy audits to help save our clients money and reduce their carbon footprint. We offer quality assurance for LEED for Homes and HERS ratings.
We specialize in solar installations and sales beyond the greater Charlotte area. Our team consists of certified NABCEP PV installers who service North Carolina and South Carolina.
We are also certified through multiple green building programs including Energy Star, NAHB Green Building, NC HealthyBuilt Homes and the Building Performance Institute (BPI).
HERS Ratings for New Homes, Solar PV Modeling, Sales and Installations, Solar Thermal Modeling, Sales and Installations, LEED for Homes
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