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. It will also be designed and detailed using standard building materials and conventional construction techniques so that it can be easily understood and built by tradesmen anywhere in the world. And fully detailed construction drawings will be available for people to purchase online, which they can 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. And it's now available for short-term holiday rental so that visitors can experience the benefits and performance of the house for themselves.