The SOLARHOME Project was established with the aim of designing 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 with no need of a generator or grid backup) but will also withstand the ravages of time and harsh weather (including severe tropical storms and bush fires), age gracefully with little maintenance, and never go out of fashion – a stylish modern home that is durable, practical, and comfortable, but also designed and detailed using standard building materials and conventional construction techniques that can be easily understood and built by tradesmen virtually anywhere in the world. So that if you'd like to build your own SOLARHOME, you can purchase fully-detailed construction drawings which can be given to selected local builders for competitive quotes, which is often the best way to build, wherever you live.
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 much of the UK, Europe, and North America in regards to temperature, rainfall, and solar irradiation. After twelve months trial, the house has exceeded expectations; remaining warm (above 20 degrees C), comfortable, and emission free throughout a cold Tasmanian winter, and cool (less than 25 degrees C) 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. And Greens Beach SOLARHOME is now available for short-term holiday rental so that visitors can try it out for themselves.