Bridgette Meinhold

Off-Grid Vacation Home In California's Gold Country

by , 01/12/11

off grid, vacation home, eco home, ccs architecture, solar power, green building, sustainable architecture

While not completely net-zero or carbon-zero, as propane is used for heating and backup, the home does largely rely on a rooftop solar system comprised of 24 photovoltaic panels with a battery backup system. Propane is used to heat water and the home through a radiant floor system during the winter when the weather is cooler. A high-efficiency wood burning stove can also be used to provide additional heat.

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Images ©Brendan P Macrae

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  1. jeremyhawkins jeremyhawkins September 13, 2012 at 4:40 am

    Very nice off-grid home! I’d love to have a vacation there. :)

  2. zeph January 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    This home is quite stunning, with amazing views. I like how the design incorporated natural lighting and propane to reduce the carbon footprint. Green building construction is a huge industry, especially in California. I like to stay current on green buildings and sustainable construction which is why I use McGraw Hill’s California Construction site. It has a ton of information on construction news, and projects happening in California. While I do some occasional work for McGraw Hill, their construction website has been a favorite of mine long before we started working together. If you are like me, and enjoy staying up-to-date on construction news, check out their website.

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