Conceived as a prototype for sustainable rural communities, the Hill Country House serves as a key example of how a self-sustaining home can survive in rural environments. Designed by Miró Rivera Architects, this sustainable home was built to be completely independent of the municipal water supply and even provides its own heating and cooling through a geothermal system. The Hill Country House receives 61% of its power from solar panels, with additional energy provided via the grid. Other sustainable features include a rainwater collection system, and charcoal and UV water purification filters.
The house itself stretches 5,100 square feet across 46.7 acres in Wimberly, Texas. The home is set in a Wildlife Management zone and the owner maintains a census of the songbirds that migrate through the area.
In order to construct this house, the homeowners initiated a dialogue with community officials and hope to garner further support for a series of similar off-the-grid developments.
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