Located on a sparsely populated island in New Zealand, this home designed by Herbst Architects had no choice but to be off the grid. With no water, electricity or sewage facilities, all homes on Great Barrier Island have to be self-sufficient. Photo by Patrick Reynolds.
In rural Ontario, a 925-square-foot home brings high-design to surrounding farms. The off-the-grid home features a 1.4-kW solar array and propane-powered in-floor radiant heating in order to eliminate any need to connect to public electricity. Photo by Derek Shapton.