Sustainable

Seeming for a comparing of sustainable home forms for a fledgling eco-agricultural community( for lack of a better term)

I have a friend who has come into possession of some land. What he would like to do is attract some like intellects to arrive there and create a small agricultural collective for people who want to live green and sustainably( if not off-grid then with minimal grid dependency ), growing food, and learning in order to educate others on the viability of such a lifestyle. I guess it’s in the nature of an experimental community – self sustaining, with the ability to explore what works and what doesn’t.

Right now I’m helping to look into the different styles of single-family homes that might be built. I realize zoning is always a factor but without knowing what the zoning statutes there are yet, I’m just trying to look into each type of house on its own merit and whittle down the options afterwards. Regrettably the internet is chock full of information praising these kinds of houses but it can be hard to get a sense of the true pros/ cons of house and living in these kinds of homes.

Right now I’m interested in: geodesic dome houses, earthships, tiny houses, shipping receptacle houses, passive houses, cob, strawbale, rammed-earth houses. Factors I’d like to compare 😛 TAGEND

Average cost( and time it takes) to build one

DIY-ability( can it be constructed without professional contractors)

Can they be integrated with modern( green) appliances?

Can it be completely off-grid? If not, what is the average cost in energy per year?

Realistically, can they be lived in year-round without people feeling like the Flintstones?

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