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What is the best way to heat an off grid home?

...Off-grid heating solutions Passive solar home design Choosing the right wood stove Off-grid living blog: heating systems Dear Emmanuel, Thanks for you...

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

How do you do off grid water and waste management?

Hi I just bought an off the grid cabin I want to put in a green water collections and water and waste management system can you advice what is the best one to ...

Posted by suzanne Gardner-Clark Sept. 9, 2020, 4:47 p.m. Greywater Recycling 0 Responses

For doing an off grid home what is the cost of the slab?

I have an illustration of a top view looking down but still working on a side view but not quite sure on what section and how much reinforcement I would need t...

Posted by Jayperion July 31, 2020, 10:15 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

What are solar battery storage alternatives?

Hi guys, I came across a Canadian company with a zinc oxide battery storage. They did 40 kW project in BC. Would it be a viable option for an off grid project?...

Posted by Sasha Nazarchuk Sept. 21, 2020, 1:13 p.m. Renewable energy 3 Responses

Do you have building partners in BC?

Very interested in your prefabs on slab. We would prefer to be off grid as the cost of grid power on our site is expensive. We also need a water collection sys...

Posted by Jami Cruz April 13, 2020, 12:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

Can my husband and I build an Earthship home in Michigan & how hands-on can we be?

...off-grid, eco friendly, geothermal Adobe home but I’ve never heard of anyone in Michigan doing so. Is it feasible, and who do I contact to help me with the cons...

Posted by Kirsten Rogers Hearnes Jan. 17, 2021, 11:06 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Do you sell and ship kits in the southwest United States?

We are buying land for an off grid cabin in Flagstaff arizona, 8200 feet elevation so it gets a good amount of snow. Flat buildng lot. Will be on solar, septic...

Posted by Tracey Locke May 31, 2020, 12:57 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

How do you build a house ready for climate change?

A structure that would not blow away, burn down, low to maintenance, radiant heat, off grid, no asphalt shingles, gray water treatment, composting toilets, pas...

Posted by Mike Joyce May 6, 2021, 8:47 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Is an HRV or ERV system best in a cold climate?

...off-grid in the North Woods area, it's not a case of slapping as much PV on as possible and feeding the excess into the grid for a credit - everything has to be...

Posted by Michael Duncan Nov. 14, 2019, 3:53 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

Hello I am 20 years old and live in NORTHERN British Columbia. I used to rent a small cabin a bike everywhere all year round, I now have and live in my truck b...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

What is the best way to heat a home with solar panels?

Hi, we are planning to build a home in the Canadian Rockies, we would like to incorporate a grid tied, ground mounted solar system into our design. Given that ...

Posted by Oliver Williamson Oct. 26, 2020, 2:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 0 Responses

What is the Kenogami House heating system?

Earlier posts regarding the Kenogami House talked about using a phase change thermal battery, to avoid overheating during sunny winter days that provided too m...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

How much does it cost to build an Earthship?

...off-grid, passively heated home, we have lots of pages that will help you design properly for whatever climate your building in. Below are a few starter pages. ...

Posted by Robin Skidmore Dec. 17, 2020, 10:35 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What is the best insulation for a small energy neutral home project?

At the moment I'm designing a small house that I hope to be able to be able to live in all year round, with zero bills so I'm using wind, hydro and solar for e...

Posted by Dan Gull Nov. 11, 2019, 6:40 a.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

Does electricity free pellet stove comes in 23'' or less to fit my wall ?

...off-grid that is looking for heating solutions. There are links on that page you can follow to the manufacturers page, and I took a look myself just now and fou...

Posted by Peter Kutschy April 21, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

Can I use an old patio door thermal pane as the cover for a solar air heater?

I will probably build a solar panel with layers of black screen. My question is, I have a patio door with a thermal pane in it. Could this be used for the glas...

Posted by Fred Miller May 20, 2019, 11:44 a.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

We are currently living within the GTA area but looking to buy a land (within the next couple of years) about 2 hours away from the central Toronto area and bu...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

How much does a Tesla roof cost?

Can you send me info on a Tesla roof? What is the cost and time frame for install? I am in Erin, Ontario Canada The price for a Tesla Solar roof tiles in Canad...

Posted by Anthea Larke June 18, 2019, 7:45 a.m. Renewable energy 1 Responses