Eco Home - Proving we can live differently

We are killing the planet. It's safe to say we have all heard that somewhere before, be it online, the news, friends, or family, but how can we, just the normal people going about their day to day lives make real impacts that can change this? and I don't mean just putting a few things in the recycling bin each week!

Sustainable Eco-living, this is what we feel is the answer, however, in the UK this is a lot more difficult than it really should be. What we are striving to achieve, is to put together a custom build project, that will highlight just how much of an impact changing how we live can make, without having to sacrifice our creature comforts that most of us do not want to give up.

Our overall plan will be, to purchase a plot of land, around 1 acre, most likely in wales in the UK, as they have the least strict planning laws when it comes to this kind of project. 
Once we have the land, we will take our current basic house plans to an architect, that understands eco-house building practices. The house will be designed around low impact and complete sustainability. 

What we mean by complete sustainability would be the following:

-House built to Passive House(Passivhaus) standards, meaning that the heating requirements are as low as possible, in most months ideally none at all.

-A full solar system, that not only covers 100% of the homes power needs but also provides enough excess power that it can be sold back to the grid, to help provide green energy for other homes. 

-Geothermal heating for water through the use of a ground source geothermal pump, to prove hot water can be on tap, without the need for fossil fuels to heat it. 

-Ground sunk water well, along with rainwater harvesting to provide drinking water, with greywater and black water recycling system, so that the house does not need to be connected to the grid for water/sewage.

-Create a small-scale, efficient farm on the land, to be able to provide as much, if not all of the household yearly food requirements. This will be done by planting a wide range of fruits and vegetables, along with small scale animal farming, with chickens, ducks, and rabbits, along with fish raising, to be able to provide the protein needs for the house. 

Once successful, We will then create a website, that will detail step by step, how we have been able to go about this, the various planning permissions you will need, any pitfalls to avoid. On top of this, we will provide the plans for the house, farm, and all other aspects of the build, meaning that anybody else who wishes to put this kind of lifestyle into practice, will able to use this as a template, and can link back to it if they come across any roadblocks to it. 
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