Off the Grid: A Case StudyThese two movies explore the design and construction of an off the grid A-frame house in remote Washington.
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Published on: March 04, 2014
These two movies explore the design and construction of an off the grid A-frame house in remote Washington. We examine sustainable strategies, design team conflict, and rural vs. urban living. Can a family from urban Portland survive living off the grid with no running water, freezing temperatures, and the constant threat of forest fires and famine? Will the designer and contractor strangle each other or finish the house? The human interest story weaves together interviews with the owners, designer, and the construction team to provide an informative narrative on lessons learned during the process.
The second movie explores how to calculate a solar array, describes PV panel installation strategies for different types of roofs, discusses harvesting renewable materials on site, and looks at composting toilets vs. septic tanks. Exclusive interviews with solar pioneers Bill and Lanny Sinkin provide insight into the future of solar energy. The human interest story incorporates interviews with the owners, designer, and the construction team to provide an informative narrative on lessons learned during the process.
- Discuss the 2030 challenge
- Describe a net zero building
- List the benefits of wood products in this sustainable project
- Compare and contrast urban and rural living
- Discuss the design challenges associated with an off the grid project
- Calculate a solar array size
- Discuss the different roofing installation options of PV panels
- Explain the benefits of installing PV panels on a metal roof
- Compare and contrast septic & composting toilets
- List the components of a solar system