Off The Grid: Modern Homes + Alternative Energy
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Off The Grid: Modern Homes + Alternative Energy

by Lori Ryker
     
 

Off the Grid confronts the ecological and cultural problems associated with the way we get and use energy, and explains how it is possible to live in a beautifully designed home using much less--no matter where your home is located.  See more details below

Overview

Off the Grid confronts the ecological and cultural problems associated with the way we get and use energy, and explains how it is possible to live in a beautifully designed home using much less--no matter where your home is located.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586855161
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
11/03/2005
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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This book provides an introduction to the concepts, techniques, and application of environmentally resourceful energy strategies. It is a "think" book for those who are interested in understanding the basics of off-the-grid energy and its potential applications.

The projects included in this book were inspired by each homeowner's desire to live in a less-resource-reliant home. The result of this desire is the creation of architecture developed out of collaboration between the client, architect, builder, and technical supplier. While these ideas of off-the-grid energy sources are not new, their best application can seem overwhelming to the client and the uninitiated architect or designer. The profiles within this book represent many of the design world's ground breaking projects and also those individuals who are personally committed to creating ecologically balanced homes that exist in greater harmony with their surroundings than has occurred thus far in the modern era.

The architects and designers whose work is represented here are committed to finding the best-suited alternative energy strategies for a home's design and location, always keeping in mind the beauty of the home. Each house's energy source or sources is also integrated with additional practices for creating a sustainable home.

Meet the Author

Lori Ryker grew up in Texas and has lived and worked in a variety of locations, including Boston, New York City, Portland, and Basel, Switzerland. She now resides in Livingston, Montana, where she teaches in the School of Architecture at Montana State University and is a partner, along with Brett W. Nave, of Ryker/Nave Design. Their work has been published in The House You Build, and Western Interiors and Design. Ryker holds a MArch from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Ph.D. from Texas A & M University. She is the author of Mockbee Coker: Thought and Process.

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