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Is there a way to build a code-approved electricity-free building?

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:08 AM
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I am building a home on a remote site. Currently there is no power at the site. Being in a Virginia "holler," it is not solar appropriate. My needs are slim, and I would like to build it for propane lights and heat. Does the IBC allow for something like this? Because power may eventually come "up the holler," I also want to run wires for eventual hookup. Will existing receptacles and switches complicate things with the building inspector?



I am not familiar with the specific codes there in Virginia, but it is possible to build a home that is off the grid and that is code compliant.

Are you positive solar is absolutely ruled out? If you send me the address approximately it is very easy to tell for sure, unless the lot is heavily treed, in which case you are probably right.

Many homes today use propane heat. I don't see an issue with that. As for lights, we've been lighting homes with candles and lanterns since the beginning of home construction. I don't think there is anything in the code that prohibits it. You may need to install some sort of rainwater catchment system for use in case of a fire but that would be something specific a code review would reveal. Have you thought about wind power, fuel cells, or biofuel? All are sustainable viable alternatives to grid power as well.




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