A Look at Climate

There are only a few factors concerning climate that would discourage you from building in a location.  One is precipitation.  You should have at least five inches of total annual precipitation per year.  If your area does not see that amount of precipitation then you should have a water table of less than sixty feet so you can pump with a solar well into your cisterns.  You can pump from deeper but it gets expensive fast.  

 

You should also look at available sunlight per year.  If you have very little, you will need  back up electricity of some kind, such as wind, hydro or conventional grid.  The newer solar panels are starting to be close to 40% efficient on cloudy days, however, soon the technology will exist for power to be made just from the light through the clouds.  

The beauty of the Earthship concept is that it makes all of its own utilities so you can find really cheap land where there is no hope for utilities.  You can find hard to get to but extremely beautiful land that no one would ever think to build on and find it for a good price.  The nature of an Earthship allows for building in remote locations and can thus save a lot of money in the purchase of your land.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cash for Trash on National Geographic

Cash for Trash on National Geographic In more ways than we know, our lives are built on trash. If you stacked up all the world's old junkyard tires, they would reach to the moon and back. So what can we do with them all? How about building houses.  Invented by architect Michael Reynolds of Taos, New Mexico, Earthships are custom-built, off-the-grid houses built from recycled materials, like recycled bottles (pictured), aluminum cans, used tires,...Read More

"The American Dream" Earthships

"The American Dream Project" travelled around the United States on motorcycles visiting towns and communities in search of places where the American Dream is still alive.  In the "Taos: Innovation" episode they visited the Greater World Earthship Community and the Earthship Academy.  They spoke with Earthship Founder Michael Reynolds, Academy advisor Tom Duke and a few of the students.  They also pitched in and...Read More

The "Extraordinary" Mike Reynolds

Mike Reynolds is featured amongst 50 people who fit the category of "extraordinary." By: Peter Horsfield "Sustainable, comfortable and eco-friendly. These are just a few of the words that one can use to describe the architectural wonders called “Earthships” that were designed and constructed by Mike Reynolds, an architect with an environmentalist perspective. Mike’s designs may often be regarded by many...Read More

Earthship-Festival in Köln Holweide

Zur Feier des #earthday war das noch3 Team am Earthship-Festival in Köln Holweide mit gutem Essen und functional Training auch vertreten. #eatclean #traindirty #noch3 #earthday #earthship #easyearthshipcrew #cologne A photo posted by Noch3 Performance Center (@noch3_performance) on Apr 22, 2015 at 12:13pm PDT

Stagecoach Organic Farmer Making Progress on Earthship Project

In an update to a story we first brought you back in November 2012, Dirt Merchant Farms, which sells organic foods like fresh farm eggs, meats and vegetables in Stagecoach, has continued to build what are known as "Earthships" on their property. An earthship is a self-sustaining building made out of recyclable materials, like tires and glass bottles. He says they're more durable than traditional homes made out...Read More

Taos & The Greater World Community

Taos & The Greater World Community from go-van.com By Captn_Julz • Photos: Guillaume Beaudoin We’re producing too much trash on a daily basis, and we don’t recycle enough. We’ve already passed that point where waste management has become a problem, and not only for the Thirld World anymore. One man had a vision more than two decades ago with a new way of building houses in a sustainable way, Michael Reynolds' idea has never been as needed...Read More

'Earthship' revolution in the US

'Earthship' revolution in the US Once described as 'idiotic', new eco-friendly, self-sustaining homes are proving its critics wrong. Taos, United States - It's a green architectural movement that took root in the desert of New Mexico some 40 years ago. That's when Michael Reynolds, 69, began experimenting with building homes out of garbage and natural materials that he called "Earthships". "I was [called] an idiot for building out of garbage,...Read More

7 Good Reasons To Consider Calling An Earthship Home

7 Good Reasons To Consider Calling An Earthship Home An earthship is a type of passive solar home made from natural and recycled materials. What’s incredible about them is how luxurious they can be, but how practical and environmentally friendly they are. These are the ideal homes to build if you want to live off the land and off the grid. Here are 7 good reasons to consider calling an earthship home. 1. Earth Ships just kinda kick ass I mean, just look at it!...Read More

Earthship 'biotecture' stays comfy without utilities

Earthship 'biotecture' stays comfy without utilities TAOS, N.M. —from http://www.ksl.com/?nid=1012&sid=29474554 If you landed in the desert surrounding this north-central New Mexico town, you might at first think you had landed on another planet. In a sprawling development a few miles northwest of town, the architecture is so wild and futuristic that it could just as easily be a colonial outpost on the moon. Yet the homes are largely made of trash, and...Read More

About Earthship Biotecture

Earthship construction drawings are designed to meet standard building code requirements so you can get a permit no matter where you are. Earthship Biotecture is beyond LEED Architecture. Earthships are green buildings that meet standard building codes. EarthshipBiotecture is based on the work of principal architect, Michael Reynolds. (see: media resume)

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