Earthship Biotecture partnered together with the Earth Village and the people of Barrangay Batug to coordinate and build a wind proof structure to use as a prototype for rebuilding in the Philippines. This 10-day hit was the first of several phases of rebuilding the affected areas of the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.
The design, known as the “Windship,” has been modeled off of the Simple Survival Earthship model in order to create a wind resistant and resiliant structure that is simplified.   The idea is to simplify the structure so that it can be recreated locally with materials found in the nearby areas. Bottles, tires, cardboard, coconut lumber, bamboo and many other materials were donated and gathered by local villagers, organizations and schools.

Cardboard insulation used for the roof – 5” to create R-Value of 15:


This first recon/build took two 1U Simple Survival models, faced them to each other and spanned concrete ribs across the two vaults for weather protection and structural support. Bamboo and corrugated plastic connected and covered the middle “avenue” between the building to allow for sunlight and protect against heavy rains and mild winds.

With our small crew, 40 international volunteers and 30 national/local volunteers we were able to train and complete the exterior structure and build what Michael Reynolds refers to as a “fortress”. This building will function as part of Brgy. Batug’s elementary school (which suffered heavy damage from the typhoon) as well as an evacuation shelter. This building will also serve to take care of basic human needs using the Earthship principles in its design.


The national/local volunteers worked on-site throughout the project, learning about the functionalities and technologies of Earthship through presentations, classes and Q&A given by our crew – namely Michael Reynolds, our foremen Phil Basehart and Rory Morlan. At the end of the build, the local volunteers (with the help of several translators) were able to present everything they learned step-by-step from each day of the project. Here, we were able to answer questions and better explain the “why’s” of the everyday tasks they worked on. The knowledge transfer aspect of this project may have been the most successful that the Earthship crew has experienced. Each project we do, we learn more about what it takes for the local participants to absorb the Earthship concepts in a way that encourages them to incorporate them into creating sustainable, providing and resilient structures for themselves.

Children in the local elementary school were able to see the construction of the project each day as the school had just reopened from the Typhoon in November. They were given classes by members of Earthship, Earth Village and non-profit One Block for Batug’s founder, Andrea Roa. Here they learned about recycling and creating resources from what is deemed as garbage. They took part in a bottle laying ceremony where they wrote letter to their future selves and put them into glass bottles. They then laid them into the Windship’s bottle wall to participate in the concept of building a wall from a piece of “garbage”.


We are in the process of raising money to help balance our budgeted costs of the first round and then will move forward with the second hit by the end of this year to complete the structure’s finishes and to install the systems for the building.

Please email if you are interested in participating.

To make a contribution or for more information about the project, go to our website:

Thank you to all of our volunteers, to Barrangay Batug, the Earth Village and
One Block for Batug for hosting us, donating land and making this happen! Until next time!



Windship Recap Video – by Mark Jaramillo:

Windship Interview Series – by Jon Gosch:

Earthship Philippines Facebook group:

Awesome Hi-Res Shots of the Project – by Alessandro Turci and Federica Miglio