The word "Sustainable" and the term "Sustainable Development" guide our every action. Unfortunately few people respect their meanings and use them in a wholly inappropriate way.

Sustainable simply means “going on forever at a constant rate” or more accurately “a sustainable activity is one that uses resources at the rate at which they can be replenished naturally”

An “unsustainable situation” occurs when natural capital (the sum total of nature’s resources) is consumed faster than it can be replenished.

In 1987 the United Nations defined “sustainable development” as

“development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

In other words the people who are alive today should take a systematic approach to minimising consumption, and to manage natural and social capital for the benefit of future generations.

The First Law of Sustainability warns that

“Population growth and / or growth in the rate of consumption cannot be sustained”.

  • Our Principles

    Off Grid Homes are standalone Zero Energy Buildings that are not reliant upon a utility company. We produce homes that are energy harvesting machines in which people live. We have reviewed thousands of research projects and absorbed the best of the ideas into our designs.

  • Oil Consumption

    Our sustainable homes are zero energy but we are alone, No government has reduced carbon emissions or reduced the dependency of its population on fossil fuels but our sustainable homes are zero energy. Global primary energy consumption increased by 0.9% in 2014. This was well below the 10-year average of 2.1%.

  • The energy we use

    Few people are conscious of the total amount of energy that they consume every day. There is not one example of a modern community that functions without the support of utility companies. Within 20 years many countries will be unable to provide their people with the energy that they have come to expect.