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Posted by <sstreet2 on October 4, 2003, 10:18 pm
I am building off-grid and plan to have PV electric (maybe wind also) and
solar hot water heating.  I am building remote.  My house will be an
underground concrete dome.  My builder knows nothing about these
technologies.  I will have a generator backup.

What I would like to do is have the builder put the house up and then, when
I move down there, I will do the research and get the equipment installed

My question is this: what does my builder have to do during construction so
that I can add renewable energy later?

Thanks in advance!

Posted by Sundog on October 18, 2003, 11:44 pm

Seems like you had no reply to this and it's 2 weeks after your post.

My advice would be to change your builder first to someone who is familiar
with the technologies - otherwise you may have a leaking, drafty pile of

With some more info about your dome, you might get some advice on the design
and construction.

Posted by <sstreet2 on October 19, 2003, 9:21 pm
 Thanks for the reply.  Trust me, I was VERY uneasy that my builder wasn't
versed in either the dome building or off-grid technologies.  However, to
build what I wanted, there was no alternative.  I have searched to no avail.
Part of my problem is where I am building which is very remote.  It is in SW
Texas.  Very hard to find ANY builder.

The house I am building is from http://www.formworksbuilding.com/   Lots of
info on there site.  They swear anyone can do it.  No special knowledge

I really think a builder could make a niche specializing in building remote,
renewable energy, efficient houses.  Even if they just served as
consultants.  If you know of anyone, please let me know.

Thanks again.


Posted by Sundog on October 20, 2003, 4:37 am
 Seems  to me then that YOU need to do the homework. I would suggest that you
first deal with the city or county that regulates the building in your area,
if you haven't already. They should have lots of guidelines

You really have to be concerned with the soil, its water content, drainage
from the building etc.
I would feel reasonably easy about it, if the site were well above any flood
plane and, ideally, building at the top of a knoll, so that there is
drainage away in all directions. A soils- or geotech -engineer could advise
you on these most important things.

Try these NGs if you haven't already:

alt.building.construction <== this is a very good one but watch out for Lyle

Good luck. I'll watch out for your posts on the first NG.





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