Sustainer Homes

An off-grid home

Posted on 18 April 2016.

The off-grid houses offered by Sustainer Homes’ embody the philosophy of the Dutch start-up: live sustainably without compromising on comfort or style using technologies that are now widely available.

What if you could set up your office in the forest? What if you could spend your vacation on an island on the other side of the world, far from everything and everyone? Or live, every day of the year, in the middle of nowhere? Imagine a fully self-contained house, self-sufficient in water, with no impact on the environment, which produces as much energy as it consumes just from the sun, and which stays at the right temperature all year round without any heating or air conditioning. This house would give you the freedom to live wherever you wanted.

And that’s exactly what Sustainer Homes offers: "cradle to cradle" designed dwellings, made with recycled and recyclable materials, which don’t need to be connected to the grid, the water supply network or mains drainage. Electricity is generated by solar panels, producing enough power for average household all year round. If production drops, a battery with a life of about two days takes over.

Rainwater is collected and stored in a 2500 liter tank where it is filtered to meet drinking water quality standards. Waste water from the sink, shower and dry toilets are processed several times through a system of natural filters (ecological system that uses plants to purify the water) before being discharged. Finally, a highly efficient heat pump and insulated panels made from recycled materials keep the house warm in winter and cool in summer.

The probably most interesting Sustainer Homes concept is the container house, made from old shipping containers - making it totally flexible and mobile. The basic model measuring thirty square meters has a living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.

You can do pretty much what you want with it: an office, hotel room, refuge, emergency accommodation, studio... And you can easily combine several containers to give you a larger home! Shipping containers have a very strong steel structure and are fully sealed and waterproof, meaning you can easily take your home anywhere... even across the ocean!