Greenplan integrates innovations in renewable energies, passive solar, rainwater harvesting and irrigation, greywater recovery, permaculture, and more. Compared to a conventional residence, your Greenplan home will use less energy, water, and natural resources; will create less waste; will maximize food production based on your family’s lifestyle; and, will be a healthy environment in which to live.
A Greenplan consultation can include hundreds of questions before we create a design that offers features and solutions that are unique to your world, to your site, and to your budget, while caring for the Earth.
This is the House that Jack built…
The 2000 sq. ft. Greenplan Demonstration Home on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, is the personal residence of Greenplan President Jack Anderson. It is on the same property as Greenplan headquarters, and features a wide variety of sustainable systems. The beautiful Greenplan Demonstration Home features a two-story passive solar sunspace (ideal as a heat source and to grow olives and tropical fruits), daylighting, a solar hot water system, greywater recycling, a 400-gallon rainwater harvesting and irrigation system, energy- and water-efficient appliances, and food production at all levels including the rooftop garden.
This off-the-grid cabin is powered exclusively by solar with a backup propane generator. It features a specially designed stone fireplace that provides both passive solar thermal mass and excellent heat radiation. The rainwater collection system includes a ceramic potable water conversion filter. This seismically designed vacation home allows for spectacular waterfront views through its massive window system.
This 2500 sq. ft. home, completed in 2002, is built on a unique rockwork plinth. It features a two-storey passive solar sunspace that draws heat into the home’s interior while providing an ideal environment for tropicals. It employs an abundance of natural wood and includes two large, circular windows (from the bedroom and the office) that overlook the ocean.
This 3000 sq. ft. estate home integrates the prominent use of natural wood and stone finishing, and relies extensively on renewable energy. The passive solar design is augmented by a central clearstory window package to maximize natural light. All of the home’s space heating requirements are provided for by passive solar, and by a geothermal aquatic loop that draws heat from the adjacent man-made pond.
This limited footprint off-the-grid cabin runs on solar power with a backup generator. It features passive solar design, ample natural lighting, and rainwater collection and filtration systems for its water supply. The unique asymetrical windows and barrel roof over the kitchen give this vacation home its one-of-a-kind character.
Completely off-the-grid, this stunning post-and-beam cabin is solar powered (with a backup generator), and includes a complete rainwater catchment and purification system. The east/southeast face enables heating through passive solar gain and a wood stove backup. Built almost exclusively from local yellow cedar and slate, it features a massive, edge-to-edge entertainment deck and kitchens both inside and out.
This completely off-the-grid waterfront cabin is built on a limited footprint of 768 sq. ft., with an upper floor of 384 sq. ft., to meet the local zoning bylaw restrictions in its community. It features a rainwater collection system and photovoltaics, and is designed with an open southfacing layout to capture eastern views and southern sun. The spectacular interior finish features a giant nautical compass rose embedded into the floor.
This house was designed for Volker Thomsen, one of Canada’s leading experts on sustainability, as an urban homestead to optimize energy and food security. Dramatic south-side exposure with a two-story sunspace ensures both food production and ample heat supply. Strategies in shading, thermal mass and ventilation are integrated to avoid summer overheating. It features a roof garden, rainwater collection and irrigation, solar shingles on southfacing roof pitches and a reflecting pond to maximize solar gain.
This 3600 sq. ft. home, built in 2003, features a passive solar sunspace for heating and food production, a second story rooftop garden that enjoys stunning valley views, an open stairway concept, and a central kitchen that opens into almost every room in the house.