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Off Grid Living Option. Sustainable Infrastructure & Healthy Materials

Healthy Materials

Materials matter. They are the fabric of our built environment. However, a growing body of environmental health research has ballooned in the last decade, and shown that commonly used building materials often contain chemicals known or suspected to be hazardous to human health. Hazardous materials can also pose impacts on people and natural systems across materials’ life cycles, during extraction, manufacturing, installation, and disposal.

Through better planning and informed choices—often at the same or lower cost—we can use healthier building products to achieve dramatic improvements in people’s health and well-being, lowering medical costs and reducing sick days.

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What exactly is living off-grid?

The term off-grid actually means disconnected from the main national transmission grid of electricity. For some, off-grid living simply means disconnected from the electrical grid, for others the concept extends to a completely self-sufficient existence without reliance on any public utilities, including gas and water supply.

Why live off-grid?

There are many reasons people choose to live off-grid. Here are some of them:

Freedom from utility bills

A desire to live more in tune with the environment

A desire to be more environmentally responsible

Location (remote and beautiful)

Self-sufficiency

Healthier lifestyle

Educating future generations

To opt out of consumerism

To achieve complete independence

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Sustainable Infrastructure

We are living in the most dramatic era of infrastructure expansion in human history, with global investments in transportation, energy, water and other infrastructure expected to double by 2030.

Sustainable infrastructure involves developing roads, buildings, energy and water infrastruc-ture with due consideration to economic, social and environmental implications.

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), which designed SAVi and runs the assessments, defines sustainable infrastructure assets as those which:

Lower carbon and environmental footprints

Protect natural ecosystems

Prove resilient to changing climates

Optimize the use of natural ecosystems and their “infrastructure services”

Move beyond compliance on core labour standards and human rights

Trigger technological and industrial innovation

Increase investment in education and research and development (R&D)

Increase employment

Demonstrate financial viability

Crowd-in domestic investors and businesses

Increase foreign direct investment

Bring value for money for taxpayers and investors

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