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Off The Grid Homes: Case Studies for Sunstainable Living [Paperback]

Lori Ryker , Audrey Hall
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April 15 2007
Off the Grid Homes looks at six contemporary architectural projects that integrate alternative technologies for generating and conserving energy. Being off the grid can refer to many different aspects of energy and resource independence, from rainwater collection, to photovoltaic (PV) systems, to gray-water systems and more. Diagrams and clear explanations of technologies and their appropriate applications are provided alongside the case studies that explain just howthe technologies work and how they may best be applied to each individual situation.

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About the Author

Lori Ryker grew up in Texas and has lived and worked in a variety of locations, including Boston, New York City, Portland, and Basel, Switzerland. She now resides in Livingston, Montana, where she teaches in the School of Architecture at Montana State University and is a partner, along with Brett W. Nave, of Ryker/Nave Design. Their work has been published in The House You Build, and Western Interiors and Design. Ryker holds a MArch from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Ph.D. from Texas A & M University. She is the author of Mockbee Coker: Thought and Process. No Information Available

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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Feb. 19 2009
This book a coffee table book of awesome pictures of homes that are off grid but not much substance to this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No how-to's; just some pretty pictures of what an architect thinks is architectually interesting Oct. 21 2007
By Thomas E. Barton - Published on
Has very little for which I was looking. A lot of white space per page around pretty photos of architectually interesting structures that are off-grid. A lot of paper material for few words and little useful information. If you want information to help you know what it takes to go off-grid, this isn't it; it's just coffee table cosmetics.
58 of 69 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sustainable 4,000 sq' homes? July 8 2007
By Hap Mullenneaux - Published on
Nature is efficient. To become sustainable, we need to relearn the art of efficiency. The six "off the grid" homes featured in this book include two that are over 4,000 sq'. Did the author consider how much energy it took to build these things? The smallest house is about 1,600 sq' and it is the only one of the six that is actually off the grid. Four of the others are on intertie connections and one is featured because it uses geothermal. A more honest title would be "How to Generate Some of the Energy Required by Your Oversized House". This book demonstrates that sustainability depends not so much on changes in technology but changes in the way we think. Two books which I found helpful in changing my understanding of shelter are the classic "Owner Built Home" by Ken Kern and "The Hand-Sculpted House" by Evans, Smith and Smiley.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A start to becoming aware of what we should do Aug. 9 2007
By Dale R. Bard - Published on
This book was really fun to read. The pictures were beautiful and the surrounding of most of the homes were incredible. Some times the floor plans were a bit confusing and one of them had no definitions for the numbers that represented the rooms. It definately inspired me to do more with less and to consider green building as my next project. I was a bit dissapointed in the definitions of some of the energy saving apparatuses. I wish that the book would have gone into more detail on the excerpts of geothermal, solar hot water, PV arrays, and wind turbines. At best these were teasers and left me wanting much more explaination. I will say it gave me a world of great ideas. I would be very interested in a book on totally off the grid, fully functional with flushing toilets etc incorporating all aspects of rain water collection, grey water heating and collection, optimal design to do this and more, plus sub 1200 square feet homes that offer options on what can be afforded. In depth explainations on all the buzz words like living machines what it entails (cost,size,optimal location, size vs. amount processed per hr or day or what? better diagrams with flow directions and larger in format etc. This should give the author another book to write that I for sure will purchase. I am well over 13!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a how-to book, just for inspiration. Jan. 28 2009
By Ryan T - Published on
What this book is not:
1. a how-to guide
2. full of ideas you can implement right now
3. particularly ecologically or budget conscious

What this book is:
1. inspiring
2. beautiful
3. thought provoking

We picked this up in a modern art museum if that tells you anything. The houses are not shining examples of green living but they are beautiful and inspiring as my mate and I plan and think about our own dreams and plans. The people that are panning this book were likely expecting a different book - I say it's successful at its intended purpose.
5.0 out of 5 stars Off the grid homes April 16 2014
By Gilbert E. Valenzuela - Published on
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What a wonderful book, It has been a pleasure to be able to page through and read the different applications to all of the GREEN Houses. I hope to at least take something away from having read this book to try my hand to cut cost and live like I've always too, Off the Grid.
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