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Off the Grid: A Case Study
Part 2

GBCI: 0910000506

This one hour movie is part two of a case study focusing on an off the grid residence in Washington state.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

  • LU/HSW

LEED version: v2009

Published on: March 01, 2014

Average: 3.1 (7 votes)


This one hour movie is part two of a case study focusing on an off the grid residence in Washington state. The 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.

Go “Off the Grid, Part 1” to take the course related to the first part of this case study.


  1. Calculate a solar array size
  2. Discuss the different roofing installation options of PV panels
  3. Compare and contrast septic & composting toilets
  4. Explain the benefits of installing PV panels on a metal roof
  5. List the components of a solar system


This course is a part of the following series:
Off the Grid: A Case Study

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Other sessions included in that series:


Off the Grid: A Case Study
Part 1


Off the Grid: A Case Study
Part 2

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Operations Manager, JLL

Interesting documentary

LEED Fellow, LEED Faculty, Principal,, zenerG
Pro Reviewer

Overall this course is light on actual content about green building. Its a good story, but most of the story is not relevant to the topic of green building. About half of the video was focused on issues of process (design+construction) that were not related to sustainability.

The content that is relevant to green buildings and specifically related to the learning objectives is provided by subject matter experts from San Antonio.

Owner, USGBC Faculty, LEED BD+C, BREEAM Assessor, ERKE Sustainable Building Design Consult

With lack of proper equipment and man-power as well as limited sources, a few people did a great job. This is a good story of a good team which they achieved a nice conclusion. The video gives a beneficial information about PV systems including a very clear calculations of how once can install his own PV system. But the video doesn't shows the final situation of PV system and all others. all this said, it is an enjoyable video.

AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Partner, Fredette Architects, PLLC
Pro Reviewer

“Many things have been said about Reality TV, but ‘educational’ has rarely been among them,” wrote Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor of the University of Illinois’ News Bureau, in 2008.

Rather than highlighting construction content by filming the site, this video’s Reality TV format foregrounds the dynamics of inexperience and interpersonal conflict in this construction project, accompanied by loud sensational music (banjo, sci fi, circus music … ) The viewer may find this Reality TV approach to be various degrees of either entertaining and / or distracting.

In contrast to this dominant docudrama format, the video includes an inserted 20-minute segment that was made off-site and with a very different hand (and a more academic agenda). This enhancement to the video includes the intelligence of Solar San Antonio’s articulate subject matter experts, which provides all of the technical explanations of green building materials and systems that facilitate mastery of the quiz content and the Learning Objectives.

Loss Control Building Inspector & Energy Consultant, Vivint Solar

The video was an exercise in how not to build a dwelling. They deviated from the blue prints without proper planning. However it was entertaining.

GWS - Project Manager II, CBRE

This video had a hurried, conclusion that really did not share results of the project, mostly because the house has not been completed and verified. A majority of the usable content on this video was regarding solar PV systems. Nevertheless, an enjoyable conclusion to a daunting home-owner adventure... prepare to be entertained.

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