The Self-Sustained House

The Greenest Home-Design for Resilience

Sustainability focuses on the well-being of the planet, with ripple effects on the human world. Resilience focuses on adaptability, adding in the protection of human life to the equation. So, why do I care now, you may ask? The evidence of more difficult times is all around us. See for yourself the hottest summer ever, the rising sea levels, the hurricanes, tornados and mega-wildfires. This is a time for smart people to get the basic things stronger to stay on the top of the wave.

The first place to start is your own home. Ask yourself, is my home strong enough to handle the forces that certainly will come at us in the near future? Can it handle the crippling power outages, the big earthquakes, harsh rising temperature swings? Resilience for your home should be like nature. It does not mean building a hardened bomb shelter, but instead we need a home that is flexible and adaptable when put under these harsh coming stresses.

The greenest home does this by having smart envelope and core systems, fine-tuned for performance. It has multiple redundancies incorporated into its water and power systems. It is ready to adapt, if one system goes down, it steps up with a second working system. The critical idea informing the greenest home is self-sufficiency. In this home you can easily collect, filter and store rainfall into drinking water. The PV array and wind turbine on the roof will provide you with significant quantities of battery-stored electricity. This home design treats its own bio-waste on site, meaning no expensive sewer bills or a ground absorbing septic system. The south side grow-window-bays and full length roof gardens will provide you with many relaxing hours of husbandry and baskets full of fresh organic foodstuffs. This is a home ready for a full, robust and safe 21st century life.