Kapiti Off Grid, 87°


In April 2008
Wellington, New Zealand
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Russell Michell
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Russ M., 7 years, 2 months ago

Hi Marcel and thanks for your support. I have dug out your website URL and sent you an email with some info you might find of interest. Thanks again!

Russ M., 6 years, 8 months ago

For all those interested in the technologies and research we're doing and have done, check out the continually updated Wiki where you can register for updates: http://kapiti-off-grid.pbwiki.com/

Charles M., 6 years, 6 months ago

Why not have composting toilets? Surely that is better than all that extra processing? The compost can go on the garden or on the firewood trees.

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About This Project 

We're building a Lo-Grid home in the form of that classic Kiwi Villa.

We plan to insulate by exceeding NZ standards. Heat will come from that hot round thing in the sky, backed up by a woodburner supplied by those tall wooden things that will grow out of the ground to the rear of our section.

Potable water will be pre and post-tank filtered from that wet stuff that falls on your head all year round and stored in two big tanks.

All our poo and wotnot will be flushed into an onsite holding tank and periodically pumped to a nearby micro sewage treatment facility that supplies the 30 or so sections in our subdivision.

This project was formerly known as "Wairarapa Off Grid", but for family reasons we have decided to build in Kapiti instead.

Updates can more usually be found at: http://www.theruss.com/blog/ as it's a pain in the arse to have to update two websites at once.

Have a squiz at Ecobob too: http://www.ecobob.co.nz/EcoProperty/1243/Kapiti-Off-Grid.aspx

Thanks for stopping by :-)

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Lots going on in August 2009 by Russ M.

Just a quick summary of what we've been up to since January: Our current house is now on the market with lots of interest, following the completion of the reno in May.

We have since talked to several builders, kitset companies and architects and have settled for an extremely enthusiastic Kapiti based builder which is a bonus as that's where we want to build and where several other suppliers of kit are located too.

We are now at Sketch plan stage and we have as good as finalised the floorplan and materials. We're currently seeking formal quotes from three solar installers for a solar hot water *and* central heating system so we'll be all cosy at night.

Keep an eye on the blog as always for more frequently updated info: http://www.theruss.com/blog/

Thanks for reading,

We're still here! in January 2009 by Russ M.

Yup we're still here and still planning our Lo Grid home. Note that the Solar PV, wind generator, inverter etc will only come on board once the house itself is completed. The solar thermal heating and woodburner system will be built-in at the outset, as will a solid fuel, wood burning stove ala Aga, Rayburn or one of the newer manufacturers we've seen around.

We'll not be doing anything more than further research however until we finish the renovations on our current place in Brooklyn, which we'll be putting up for sale in March '09. Have a squiz at: http://www.25harland.co.nz.

Keep yer eyes peeled though, cos 2009 is the year :-)

Latest Updates in July 2008 by Russ M.

Like I say, I don't updated here any longer (A historical fact regarding how the Celsias Project site *used* to look and function like)

So rather than maintain two "blogs" or updates if you will there is only one: http://www.theruss.com/blog. Last update was July 28, 2008.

Later :-)