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

Off-grid heating systems

...off-grid LEED Gold passively-heated home. Being a newcomer to living off of the grid, I did not make the best initial choice for our heating system. In order ...

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

All about off-grid power generation

...off-grid 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

...off-grid 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

...off-grid 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.

...off-grid 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

...Off Grid Quest and found it was begging to be shared... If your fantasy is to live totally off the grid anywhere around the world, that dream just got one ste...

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

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

...off-grid LEED Gold passively-heated home. Find previous posts at this link . We didn't originally plan to do any formal energy modeling for our home. It only ...

The Fincube tin house
Tiny house

The Fincube off-grid tiny house

...off-grid, 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?

...off-grid house designed by architect Martin Liefhebber was one of two concept homes selected by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) as part of th...

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?

...grid during low-rate hours, allowing you to feed off it during peak-rate hours without paying through the nose. Watch for this sort of thing to take hold movi...