College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Scott Kelting, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The trend towards green, sustainable living is on the rise and the benefits are continuing to make noise in the world of homeowners. In this project, the benefits of renewable energy and consumer preferences were analyzed and applied to off-grid living in the form of a case study. It was found that the majority of homebuyers are concerned about the environment and wanted an environmentally friendly home but are not willing to pay more in order to achieve these desires. This information spurred the need for a detailed assessment of the feasibility of sustainable off-grid living. After conducting extensive research, overview guidelines for living off the grid were provided which include expert experience and cost data. These guidelines were exemplified in the real-life success story of the Auerbach’s off-grid home on Lasqueti Island in Canada. They were successful in creating an off-grid home which showcased several of the components discussed in the research-based guidelines. Their system was based on strategically placed solar panels and a well thought out lithium-ion battery system. This research paper benefits the reader with a general outlook into the feasibility of off-grid living and/or ideas for implementing renewable energy sources into one’s home.

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