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The construction industry’s off-grid home building revolution.

Off-grid homes are designed to be as unreliant on conventional power and resource supplies as possible through passive solar design, energy-efficient appliances, solar and wind power and other water and energy-saving technologies, making them an ideal option in areas prone to power outages and other grid disruptions.

While there is little Australian data, in the US, studies have shown the positive environmental effect of off-grid living. A Berkeley University study revealed that off-grid homes can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% and their water consumption by up to 50% compared to traditional grid-connected homes. Another from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that these features can reduce fossil fuel reliance by up to 90% compared to conventional homes. 

The study also found that off-grid homes help create jobs and boost local economies and the revolution continues in reducing the carbon footprint of the construction industry overall.

Renewable Energy Integration Becomes Common

Renewable energy integration is becoming increasingly common thanks to off-grid design elements. Cobalt Constructions is at the forefront of this movement, becoming experts in integrating renewable energy sources into our sustainable building practices.

We assimilate sustainable features such as passive solar design, rainwater harvesting, and composting toilets. Another essential for reliable 24/7 power is battery storage, to store electricity generated when the wind and sun aren’t around. Some things to consider incorporating in your new build and if you are planning a major renovation!

Waste Reduction and Recycling Become Standard Practice

Waste and energy reduction are great for all homes, but they are vital for off-grid because to be as self-sufficient as possible, homeowners need to manage their waste. Composting toilets and food waste digesters are what you need for converting waste into garden compost. 

Rainwater harvesting systems collect rainwater from the home’s roof and into tank storage —an incredible way to have your own chemical-free drinking, bathing, and garden water supply.

Many homeowners want to incorporate these measures when investigating their options when upgrading or replacing home systems as well as new builds. And you don’t have to live regionally to reap the off-grid benefits!

Keeping up with Energy Efficiency Standards 

With the world’s environmental challenges, energy efficiency standards are changing to reduce our consumption and environmental impact. New technologies are continually emerging, and as builders, we need to keep up with these developments and provide customers with the most energy-efficient products according to standards.

Using Sustainable Building Materials 

The off-grid design also incorporates sustainable building practices used in passive and eco-design such as:

  • Recycled concrete, steel, and wood conserve resources, reduce pollution from extraction and means less waste going into landfills.
  • Use of renewable and sustainable materials like stone, wood, and bamboo which are also biodegradable and compostable, leaving less waste behind at the end of their life.
  • Low-VOC paints and finishes to emit fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. 
  • Heavy-duty insulation and high-performance windows also work towards those energy-saving benefits homeowners desire.

Is the off-grid life for you?

Off-grid homes offer so many advantages with their energy independence, resilience to power outages, and reduced energy costs.
Contact Cobalt Constructions for a consultation to discuss your off-grid home needs and budget.

Get in touch with our team and experience the Cobalt Constructions difference today.

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