Today's episode is all about how a disabled cancer survivor in her 60's built a sustainable, off-grid tiny house.
In a world of diminishing resources, Vera Struck has taken it as a moral imperative to reduce her footprint. So she set herself a challenge: To build a tiny house for under $20k, without any previous building experience, raising all the money herself, without using fossil fuels.
The result is the Silver Bullet: The off-grid, water-harvesting, solar, non-fossil fuel, non-toxic tiny home made from 85% reclaimed materials.
In This Episode:
- What does it mean to live a sustainable lifestyle?
- How can you incorporate sustainability into your tiny house build?
- How Vera built a tiny house that breathes (biomimicry)
- How a woman in her 60’s can build a tiny house working solo
- Why did it take so long for Vera to build the Silver Bullet?
- How do you heat a tiny house on solar energy only in the northeastern United States?
- How Vera looks at her tiny house as an asset (regardless of monetary value)
- How is Vera’s tiny house water harvesting system set up
Links and Resources:
- Benjamin Obdyke Rain Screen
- Perforated Radiant Barrier
- Bonded Logic Blue Jeans Insulation
- Vera’s First Book: Living the Sustainable Tiny Life
- Vera’s Second Book: Living the Sustainable Tiny Life Workbook
- Envi heater
- Pirit Heated Hose
- Donella Mellows – Thinking in Systems
- Zero Waste Home – Bea Johnson
- Small is Beautiful – E.F. Schumacher
- Simon Sinek Ted Talk – How Great Leaders Inspire Action
- Derek Diedricksen's Workshops
- Tiny House Engage Registration
terrabluteams.org (sustainable lifestyle non-profit)