The SOLARHOME Project was established in order to create a design of a totally emission-free off-grid house; an affordable high-quality house that will not only minimise operational energy consumption (allowing it to be powered entirely by solar-charged batteries without generator or grid backup) but will also withstand the ravages of time and harsh weather (including cyclones and bush fires), age gracefully with little maintenance, and never go out of fashion – a stylish modern home that is durable, practical, and comfortable. It should also be designed and detailed to use standard building materials and conventional construction techniques so that it can be easily understood and built by local tradesmen anywhere in the world. And fully detailed construction drawings should be available for people to purchase online and give to selected local builders for competitive quotes.
A prototype of the SOLARHOME was built during 2016 at Greens Beach on the north coast of Tasmania in order to test its performance in a challenging climate, which is quite similar to some of the UK, Europe, and North America in regards to temperature, rainfall, and solar irradiation. So far the house has exceeded expectations, remaining warm, comfortable, and emission free throughout a cold Tasmanian winter, and cool during the hottest summer days, while operating seamlessly; totally on solar-charged batteries with no grid connection, no generator backup, and no gas, oil, coal, or wood fire for heating or cooking.
Greens Beach SOLARHOME is available for short-term holiday rental so that visitors can experience the benefits and performance of the house for themselves. Click here to view tariffs and availability.