Super High Tech Off-Grid Tiny House for Sustainable Living | Net Zero Energy Home

This is a full tour of a super innovative zero house that is solar powered! It has a roof made of integrated solar panels and an atmospheric prototype. It’s with panels, it has a home automation system, a sliding , and more!

The Northern Nomad tiny home was designed and built by a group of students from Carleton .

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Northern Nomad :

A huge thank you to Scott, Seungyeon, Josh, Chris and Dave for taking the time to share this project with us!

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle



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Editing Credits:
Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives

Filming Credits:
Mat of Exploring Alternatives

Digital Twin Walkthrough provided by Dave Payne
Photos of the Northern Nomad build provided by Carleton University


  1. First thing I would do is add a wood stove. Winter is coming. Second thing I would do is add guttering for harvesting rain water. Summer is coming and my garden is thirsty.

  2. Great job at that blur on the phone/email of the project @ 7:18
    I got both the phone # and email from just pausing. I wouldn’t wanna work with you if that’s the quality of editing in place…

    Something to consider!

  3. egads!
    did you watch it? i was MORTIFIED to find that the back of the couch was the electric panels! omg.
    Oh geez…so sad when good intentions turn terribly wrong!
    i know. it can really make people sick and they have NO IDEA what is going on.
    An ungrounded solar powered home will buzz with EMI from the inverter.
    Solar can be done so it is healthy..but most don’t know this. If you get DC appliances, then you don’t need the inverter that causes the dirty electricity. Then you want to use the shielded wiring
    exactly. people don’t know what they are doing.
    Right! Discernment is key in everything now. Absolutely everything.
    Is there a good place in france in regards to emf?
    I don’t know..I would like to know, though!
    It would be great to build one then that is low emf. I’ve seen the off-grid ones but none specifically built so that the space is doesn’t have high emf fields. It must be do-able though.

  4. Some good concepts but they seem limited in their vision. I also notice a few ragged things, maybe just not thought out well. The house looked like it could be off grid and pullible, but from what it sounds like, it’s a park model. And there’s that thing I have able Ladders and lofts that are not given enough head room. Good effort but I have to give these guys a c+.

  5. It’s great that the engineering students got to do this but I think they could’ve come up with better ideas. Like the movable bed I think is a bad idea and there is little space for storage.

    Other ideas are great like the eko recins in the bathroom.

  6. Would love to live in a tiny home once my kids are grown and living on their own, hopefully by then I can.. they are currently illegal where I live

  7. I think there is a ladder on the outside so you can climb through the window to access the bed. Provided the bed is moved to that area otherwise you would fall on the kitchen bench.
    That would not be good. Having to rebuild the kitchen bench would be a pain.

  8. I think they should have someone live in it for their research because cooking and breathing will both affect moisture in the air. The empty house is not a good gauge of how it will really perform. I love what they have done though and hope each of these students continues in the field of tiny dwellings.

  9. Vacuum insulation is the future, we use it a lot in Germany, could never understand why tiny-house-builders in the US don´t use it extensively, since it saves a lot of room! The Panel he shows is just a show-piece or design-flawed, since such panels have to have overlapping flaps on 2 out of 4 sides, to eliminate heat-bridges!!!

  10. Very clever insulation design. But they should think storage solution for more practical usage. I understand it’s just a project and they will monitor the practical execution of their theoretical concepts. Good luck to them! ??

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