Off grid

 
Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
This is the first in a series of blogs we will post from Craig Anderson about the ups and downs of building an off-grid home. The following is a firsthand account of a building project by Craig Anderson and his wife France-Pascale Ménard who bought a large piece of land in West...
Snowboarder, Mike, Basich's, off-grid cabin in the woods with hot tub
With a hot tub, personal chairlift and the mountainous playground in his back yard, snowboarding pioneer Mike Basich re-defines what a truly rich life looks like. Snowboarding pioneer and photographer Mike Basich built himself an epic Tiny off-grid cabin. Without a bedroom or...
New Tesla battery for houses
With Tesla on the scene will some of the longstanding hurdles of solar home battery systems be overcome. It's true that one of the biggest drawbacks for storing power from residential solar arrays is the cost and typical lifespan of batteries. For that reason, a give and take...
Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Quebec
When you're a long way from the amenities of civilization, employing both active and passive solar strategies can provide security, independence and just good living in general. . With their house about three kilometers from the nearest paved road and hydro pole, Craig Anderson...
The Otis mobile tiny house
With independent power and water supply, 70 square feet and a set of wheels, Otis is ready to hit the road. Three years ago, professor Lucas Brown’s students in Green Mountain College’s Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) class built a custom-designed tiny house, a...
Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
The Net Zero Heat passive solar house in Lac Kenogami, Quebec, built by owner Alain Hamel pushes the bounds of energy efficiency. Here is a breakdown of those electrical systems. The Kenogami house is a virtual energy laboratory, and in constant evolution. Every system of this home is...
The Fun Box
The Fun Box is a masterpiece of energy and space saving solutions that translates into it's own brand of decadence. Check out the photos, and don't miss the YouTube video. . There seems to be a design trend of trying to out-cool the previously coolest tiny house, and as long as that...
Tiny Tack House living room
Despite being portable, it's almost impossible to think of this traditional looking tiny house as an RV.   Inspired by the Tiny House Movement, Chris and Malissa Tack designed a 140 Square foot home that sits on a 7’ x 20’ trailer bed. This traditional looking home with...
A tiny house that looks like a stack of logs
An Italian architectural firm called Lab Zero have designed a multi-purpose sustainable hut dubbed the "Yeta Log Cabin" that at first glance looks like nothing but a stack of logs. The Yeta Log Cabin looks like an innocuous stack of wood, but is actually a sustainably built, portable...