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Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid heating systems

...Off-grid living blog post 1: Concept, design and building envelope Off-grid living blog post 2: Generating power You could also consider heating with a hi...

Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

All about off-grid power generation power system, and more. For any readers who may actually be considering building an off-grid system, this is the sort of nitty gritty details that you ...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area passively heated home. This is the first of many posts that will follow, written by Craig himself, documenting his research and the decisions made thro...

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 4: appliances, mechanical and other systems LEED Gold passively-heated home. In years past, the mechanical systems and appliances within off-grid homes looked quite different from typical grid-...

Snowboarder, Mike, Basich's, off-grid cabin in the woods with hot tub
Tiny house

Off-grid tiny house in the heart of the Sierras. Tiny House in the woods. Armed with an appreciation for the great outdoors and a desire to learn to live off-grid, he bought 40 acres in the Sierras wh...

The off-grid Ecocapsule accessory dwelling unit
Tiny house

The off-grid Ecocapsule tiny house A dual-power system offers an additional source of electricity during periods without sufficient sunlight or wind. The structure’s rounded shape als...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog - energy modeling projections and real performance

This is the fifth piece in a blog series called Sunshine Saved , written by Craig Anderson as he documents the design and construction of an off-grid LEED Gold...

The Fincube tin house
Tiny house

The Fincube off-grid tiny house, it's portable, and it's beautiful. It's also made in Italy so would hardly be a "green" choice for a North American dweller, but one can't help but be...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

In 1996, this off-grid house designed by architect Martin Liefhebber was one of two concept homes selected by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid and passively heated, this house in Low, Quebec is aiming for LEED certification

With their house about three kilometers from the nearest paved road and hydro pole, Craig Anderson and France-Pascale Ménard had no option but to go for extrem...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup? home construction and home power storage, the only home battery option on the market was the lead/acid variety. The unfortunate realities of their size...