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No Utility Homes, Are we ready to start building Homes that are not connected to traditional utilities ?

Started this discussion. Last reply by R Higgins May 24. 11 Replies

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

 

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R Higgins replied to Energy Wise Solutions's discussion No Utility Homes, Are we ready to start building Homes that are not connected to traditional utilities ?
"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…"
May 24
Energy Wise Solutions replied to Energy Wise Solutions's discussion No Utility Homes, Are we ready to start building Homes that are not connected to traditional utilities ?
"You will definitely use your generator more but with the thermal properties of the building shell your Energy Use will be manageable with a good size Solar PV and Thermal System.  "
May 19
Tom Mallard replied to Energy Wise Solutions's discussion No Utility Homes, Are we ready to start building Homes that are not connected to traditional utilities ?
"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,…"
May 19
Jim Baerg replied to Energy Wise Solutions's discussion No Utility Homes, Are we ready to start building Homes that are not connected to traditional utilities ?
"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…"
May 19
Tom Mallard replied to Energy Wise Solutions's discussion No Utility Homes, Are we ready to start building Homes that are not connected to traditional utilities ?
"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…"
May 19
Rodney Fox replied to Energy Wise Solutions's discussion No Utility Homes, Are we ready to start building Homes that are not connected to traditional utilities ?
"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…"
May 19
Jim Baerg replied to Energy Wise Solutions's discussion No Utility Homes, Are we ready to start building Homes that are not connected to traditional utilities ?
"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…"
May 19
Tom Mallard replied to Energy Wise Solutions's discussion No Utility Homes, Are we ready to start building Homes that are not connected to traditional utilities ?
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May 12
Energy Wise Solutions replied to Energy Wise Solutions's discussion No Utility Homes, Are we ready to start building Homes that are not connected to traditional utilities ?
"How is the siding connected?  In North Carolina we rely on the structural elements of outside sheathing for resistance to high winds.  Can we get this same strength using the foam board layer ?  "
May 12
Tom Mallard replied to Energy Wise Solutions's discussion No Utility Homes, Are we ready to start building Homes that are not connected to traditional utilities ?
"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…"
May 12
Bob Blanchette replied to Energy Wise Solutions's discussion No Utility Homes, Are we ready to start building Homes that are not connected to traditional utilities ?
"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."
May 12
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"House looks good. When is the OPEN HOUSE viewing?"
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No Utility Homes, Are we ready to start building Homes that are not connected to traditional utilities ?

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
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"Hi Kevin, Thanks for the invite and comment. Hope to catch up with you and find out what you are working on ."
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Energy Wise Solutions
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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).

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HERS Ratings for New Homes, Solar PV Modeling, Sales and Installations, Solar Thermal Modeling, Sales and Installations, LEED for Homes
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At 1:10pm on May 11, 2016, Bryan Gabriel said…

House looks good. When is the OPEN HOUSE viewing?

At 12:08pm on May 10, 2016, Bryan Gabriel said…

Hi Kevin, Thanks for the invite and comment. Hope to catch up with you and find out what you are working on .

At 9:08am on June 12, 2015, Laura Langham said…

Please join us and help spread the word.

NCBPA invites you to register for the second annual North Carolina Building Performance Conference being held September 1 - 3 in Wilmington, NC!  

 

The conference includes three days of business and technical workshops, networking events and social activities, site tours, fun competitions and much more.  All North Carolina home and building performance professionals are welcome to attend.

At 11:40am on July 17, 2012, Keith Chaise said…

Thanks for the invite Kevin.  I'll keep it in mind.  Right now I'm completely wrapped up in the red tape of 'Feed In Tariff' installations.

At 9:37am on December 14, 2011, Diane Chojnowski said…

Looks good! :)

At 6:23am on December 14, 2011, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Kevin,

I can't upload your image myself, but here are instructions on uploading your profile picture. Let me know if this works. If you're still having trouble, we'll report it to technical support.

Thanks,

Diane

At 6:43am on December 13, 2011, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Kevin,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros! Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!

Don't forget to upload your profile photo. And add your location on our Member Map!


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Diane, HEP Moderator

 
 
 

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