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From video production to self-sustaining BioHomes

Edward Dilley Sr.'s sustainable BioHome located in Northern Nevada is made of foam and steel and measures about 3,000 square feet.
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Temperatures in Northern Nevada hit 105 degrees last summer. Inside Edward Dilley Sr.’s BioHome it was 78 degrees.

During the winter the temperature dropped below zero. But the temperature inside the BioHome never went below 48 degrees.

What produces such a stable climate is good insulation and windows that let in light but not heat. It comes in the form of a layer of polyurethane foam that solidifies around a galvanized steel frame to make a BioHome.



Dilley began building his BioHome in 1997. He moved from Zephyr Cove, where his video business – Tilted Planet Productions – is based, into his dream home last year. He won’t say where the house is exactly, saying he’s trying to protect his peace and quiet on his 40 acres of mountaintop.

But now somewhat settled in, he wants to share his dream with the world, or at least with Nevada. Dilley has organized a seminar on March 26 at the Reno Hilton to tell people now how they can build a BioHome of their own. He says it can be done for about $16,000, depending on what size you want.




“I’m out to change the world, I really am,” Dilley said. “If you change the way people live at home, you can change the planet.”

When a BioHome is fully functional, it recycles everything. Dilley said he had to truck 2,200 gallons of water to his home to start with, but since then he has been recycling it with a solar distilling technology.

Dilley gets his power from a wind generator. He says that for $1,000 you can set up a system that takes you off the electrical grid. His own generator creates enough power to operate his video production equipment.

Human waste helps nourish the “green room” of a BioHome. Plants and algae filter the air throughout the home. And methane collected from a solar toilet helps power the home.

Today there are six BioHomes being built in Nevada and one being constructed in Colorado. Construction is simple and can be completed in a few days.

– Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at gcrofton@tahoedailytribune.com


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