My blueprint for sustainable city living

A step-by-step guide to off-grid living in the city.

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My name is Laura Ryan and I’m trying to find a way to live (affordably) off grid in the middle of the city. I’m 2 years into my reno planning and aim to finish building in 2021. Please use this site as a reference tool for your own build.

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Laura Ryan's sustainable house design

What we’re doing

Turning an old workers’ cottage in Sydney’s inner west into a fully off-grid sustainable house, documenting the whole project so anyone can copy it. Download my factsheet for a quick summary.

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Why we’re doing it

Because we’re in a climate emergency (yes really! – the climate scientists have told us so) and if we all don’t start to reduce our carbon footprint, we’ll have to deal with things like more frequent and fierce bushfires.

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How we’re doing it

We’re using a combination of Passivehaus building principles, off-grid waste, water, and solar solutions with sustainable interior design.

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