Self-Sustaining Homes

The word sustainability is one that has been “borrowed” for political purposes to be used as a synonym for the green movement.  While environment is one of the key components of sustainability, it does not tell the whole story.

Charlottesville Sustainability Off Grid BuildersSustainability is synonymous with autonomous, maintain, support, endure, self-reliant, and self-sufficiency.  Sustainability requires the reconciliation of environmental, social and economic demands – the “three pillars” of sustainability.  These “pillars” are not mutually exclusive and can be mutually reinforcing.  This concept applies not only in a global sense, but in a microcosm (such as one’s home) as well.

As we see changes in the environmental, societal and economic landscapes, it only stands to reason that the requirements for sustainability also change.  I’m not much of a fan of Darwin, but one of his quotes fits very nicely here:  “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives.  It is the most adaptable to change.”

We are clearly living in a time of change.  It is only logical that our homes must change to adapt to the new landscape.  It is to this end that we work with our clients to develop a plan that is an answer to what their perception of the future looks like.  Together we can develop a strategy that resolves your concerns.

We have the ability and experience to implement that strategy in a way that will help you create a self-sustaining home which suits your desires and supports your growth.  This is part of the sustainable model.  We are very uniquely qualified to help you achieve this goal and have been building in Central Virginia for over 20 years.

Home is not just a place to slam through to change your clothes or catch a power nap.  Home is your base, your safe spot and a reflection of who you are.  Let’s make it so.

Some of the more specialty areas in which we have experience include:

  • Alternative communications
  • Alternative heat
  • Ambient light
  • Atriums
  • Biological protection
  • Bullet proof glass
  • Cellars
  • Cisterns
  • Composting toilets
  • Crash resistant doors
  • Custom made mill work
  • Defensible positioning
  • EMP protection
  • Energy efficiency
  • False walls
  • Faux slate roofing
  • Full house and perimeter multi-level alarm systems
  • Food preparation/canning
  • Geo-thermal heating and cooling
  • Greenhouses
  • Grey water recycling
  • Hardened rooms and closets
  • Hardened walls
  • HEPA filtration
  • Hidden caches
  • Hidden passageways
  • Hidden safes
  • Hidden stairways
  • Hot tubs/spas
  • Hydro power
  • Low voltage smart boxes
  • Mosaic tile and inlays
  • Multi fuel heating systems
  • Natural ventilation
  • Nuclear protection
  • Off Grid capability
  • Panic rooms
  • Pantry/larder
  • Professional kitchen appliances
  • Rain water collection
  • Reclaimed wood flooring
  • Retreat closets
  • Root cellars
  • Safe/security rooms
  • Smart house techniques
  • Spring house
  • Solar orientation and passive use
  • Solar power
  • Special heat exchangers
  • Sun rooms/porches
  • Super insulated envelopes
  • Surveillance and observation
  • Sustainable construction
  • Tri-fuel back-up generators
  • True metal standing seam roofing
  • Underground shelters
  • Underground fuel storage
  • Vault doors
  • Wind power
  • Wood fired heating applications

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