Team Rambo, also known as Ramboland, is a project born from the need of Ron Rambo, born with Cerebral Palsy, for a home that can support his disability and increase his quality of life. However, Ramboland doesn’t just stop there. LEED Fellow Max Zahniser, has used his experience with Green Architecture to combine Ron’s social vision with an environmental one that can benefit the entire community. The meeting of these objectives has been defined by the goal “to design a project that will actually increase the vitality of life and life-support systems in every way possible,” using architecture to make a difference. The building that will result from the Ramboland project aims to be not only energy grid independent, but also water grid independent and 50% food “grid” independent. As a result of the solar panelled roof, the house is estimated to generate about 40,000kWh/year – far more energy than it consumes. Any excess energy could be shared with neighbors, as well as support the surrounding common area. In addition to this, Ramboland hopes to generate funding for an accessible electrical car that could be shared with nearby residents in wheelchairs. The building’s backyard will be an edible Permaculture garden, with the only required maintenance being to harvest all the fruits, nuts, herbs and vegetables that will be growing there.
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