Programmer Creates DIY Solar, Off-Grid  Home | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

"It was a place to come and pretend to be hippies on the weekend."

That's how programming pioneer Loren Amelang explains his back country California property, where he originally built a tiny cabin inside a sheep barn as a country retreat. But when it came to building a larger, more permanent abode—he created a rather wonderful, off-grid structure that looks like it is straight out of a post-apocalyptic Mad Max-style movie. It uses passive and active solar power for electricity, hot water and even some space heating needs, with the rest of the heat being provided through sustainably harvested local fire wood...