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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.