OFF THE GRID HOMES: CASE STUDIES FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING
Author: Lori Ryker
Publisher: GIBBS AND SMITH PUBLISHER, May 2007
Looks at 6 contemporary architectural projects that integrate alternative technologies for generating & conserving energy. 70 color photos by Audrey Hall & plans; 10x10 inches, 128 pgs.
Off the Grid Homes looks at six contemporary architectural projects that integrate alternative technologies for generating and conserving energy. Being off the grid can refer to many different aspects of energy and resource independence, from rainwater collection, to photovoltaic (PV) systems, to gray-water systems and more. Diagrams and clear explanations of technologies and their appropriate applications are provided alongside the case studies that explain just how the technologies work and how they may best be applied to each individual situation.
Facts about living Off the Grid:
♦ More than 180,000 American homeowners live off the grid,; each year the national number grows by about 33 percent.
♦ Most states offer tax breaks and financial incentives for people who live off the grid.
♦ A recent study found that after 15 years, an increase in America's alternative-energy investment would create almost 150,000 jobs, increase wages nearly $7 billion, reduce carbon-dioxide emissions roughly 30 percent and save close to $30 billion in electric and gas bills.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lori Ryker resides in Livingston, Montana, where she is the executive director of Artemis Institute and is a partner, along with Brett W. Nave, of Ryker/Nave Design. Their work has been published nationally and internationally in books and journals. Ryker holds a master of architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a PhD from Texas A&M University. She is the author of Mockbee Coker: Thought and Process and Off the Grid: Modern Home + Alternative Energy.