Earthships are one of the key factors to help Philadelphia become the leading city in the world for sustainable living. An example for the world to follow.
Earthships represent total independence from anything. From electrical grids going down, from water not working, from giant storms, from freezing weather. Earthships will withstand any natural disaster when conventional architecture and infrastructure is destroyed. The people will still have power, water, sewage and warmth when giant storms hit.
Photo: Genevieve Croker – Long Way Home – Comalapa, Guatemala
Earthship Biotecture worked with Long Way Home in November of 2011 to build Maria and her family a home. The formula to create a sustainable building for a family is still evolving like the home itself. The 3-U Survival Pod Earthship can currently be built in any under developed (or developed) country. It takes about $60,000 to build. It is about $25,000 in materials, $20,000 in modest crew labor and $15,000 for transportation costs etc. Put together $60,000, we can build a 3-U S-Pod. We have people (students) who are looking to work for us in exchange for learning. The money that is raised with the tuitions is put directly back into the house and labor costs which allows us to be able to build these homes. These are ground-up, start-to-finish builds that allow people to volunteer and see what goes into the building process.
The Earthship crew is currently working with Long Way Home in Comalapa, Guatemala building a 3-U Survival Pod Earthship for Romeo Apen and his family.
The structure for the Survival Pod is more or less the same as the Vaulted Global model Earthship. However, the systems in place for a Survival Pod Earthship are mainly what differentiates in the affordability and the attainability of these buildings for more people. The systems are functional, but abbreviated in these structures.
Over 6 days in Christchurch this March, Michael Reynolds will bring his 40 years of Sustainable Architecture experience to the table to present alternative structural designs to Christchurch residents.
His trip will include a 3 day practical workshop, 3 evening seminars, a lecture for architecture students, an onsite retrofit talk in North Canterbury as well as other meetings with organizations.
Full details for the 3 day Practical Workshop
Wednesday 13th Thursday 14th & Friday 15 March 2013 8.30– 4.30 daily followed by Q&A
Tussock Hill Vineyard, 210 Huntsbury Ave, Huntsbury Hill, Christchurch
Building has been framed for the greenhouse and cement work is continuing. Third coat was done on the vaults and the trash bottle parapets are being raised. The planters were dug and septic lid has been put onto the flush toilet on the east side of the building. Plumbing for the shower and toilet and grey and black water cells were done by Lou and his team.
We are rained in and it looks like we will be for some time. This small coastal town has turned biblically torrential with a soviet sky. They have promised a stage three cyclone but we will most likely receive a left-over lover in the shape of high winds. Sloppy seconds. Very interesting. I watch the crowd here, embraced in the kind of unity that cant be shaken by a little sky disco. They laugh and talk and play music as though it is mid-afternoon at Burning Man, and as the rain bellows down onto the tarp covering our camp kitchen, we know that our intent and solidarity will pull us through to the other side of this Earthly bedlam.
Continue with cementing the vault and creating the parapet behind the house. Can walls are going up and trash and glass bottle walls are being formed . The framing of the south facing windows is about half way completed. The structure is beginning to be enclosed and looking more and more like a home every day.
How would you like to live in a house with no electric bills, no air conditioning, no heating units and still be perfectly comfortable in the coldest winter or the hottest summer? If you answered yes then the house you want to live in is an Earthship (http://www.earthship.com/). Earthships are radically sustainable buildings made with recycled materials. On February 9, 2013, Bonzai Homesteads in collaboration with Village of Arts & Humanities (http://www.villagearts.org/) and PhillyEarth (http://phillyearth.org) will be presenting a workshop to teach you the very basics of building your own. What we’re going to show you is innovative, and certainly is different… It takes a problem and makes it an asset.
All details and sign up info at the Facebook event: facebook.com/event/130013250498672
Vaults/Assembly Lines/‘Outlaw’ Septic
Business as usual today for the Earthship/Long Way Home crew with 60+ volunteers. The third vault is on, bond beams are poured and cement is being hauled up the hill by an assembly line of people throughout the whole workday. Plaster work has begun on the east vault. The grey water planters have been dug out as well as the ‘outlaw’ septic. The cisterns will be moved to another location on the site because they cannot be buried behind the building and their new space has not yet been determined.
There will be four showings of Earthship documentaries in Christchurch, New Zealand in February and March to give residents and visitors an idea of Michael Reynolds’ Earthship work and to introduce Earthship Biotecture to the public.
Showings of Garbage Warrior – the first doccumentry from Earthship Biotecture – http://www.garbagewarrior.com/ – The epic story of radical Earthship eco architect Michael Reynolds, and his fight to build off-the-grid self-sufficient communities.
‘Renegade architect Michael Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of “Earthship Biotecture” – passive, solar, off-the-grid, sustainable housing. Earthship n. 1. passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials 2. thermal mass construction for temperature stabilization. 3. renewable energy & integrated water systems make the Earthship an off-grid home with little to no utility bills. Biotecture n. 1. the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their sustainability. 2. A combination of biology and architecture.’
Earthships: New Solutions – http://newsolutionsmovie.com is another doccumentry about Earthship Biotecure (after Garbage Warrior) and follows a start to finish build on the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico.
‘An introductory guide to building alternative sustainable housing, as well as describing with the use of animation, how these buildings offer solutions to today’s most important issues like: energy,water,food, shelter, sewage and recycling.’
trailer – (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEg74ZMP4tM)