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Earthship Ironbank Gallery 01

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By |February 26th, 2014|

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Earthship Ironbank Update 27 Feb 2014

Earthship Ironbank: 35 magic people. 5 wonderful weeks. 40+ degrees. 1 bushfire… almost one finished earthship. We’ll knock it off at Easter time. Thank you amazing earthship friends!

By |February 26th, 2014|

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Earthship Ironbank – Full Steam Ahead!

I was asked nicely to stop building my earthship (on account of neglecting to follow the proper procedures) so I thought it best to do so… but now, lo and behold, the wheels of bureaucracy churned out a… building permit!

As far as I know this is the first time an earthship has been approved […]

By |September 30th, 2013|

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Earthship Ironbank Update

Darn it all, I think my previous post (June) might have got lost in cyberspace! I was just about to write about an interview with Spence Denny today from ABC local radio about Earthship Ironbank. But seems like the news that Earthship Ironbank was approved – back in early July – has not made it to this blog. So just quickly, it has been fully approved with the exception that the indoor greywater garden will have to be irrigated with rainwater rather than greywater. I’m still hoping to use greywater however by declaring a scientific trial of the system, backed by research by a PhD student from UniSA… trying to gather evidence that these systems should be legal in SA (which has the most stringent – I was going to say draconian – laws in Australia). […]

By |September 30th, 2013|

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Earthship Ironbank BnB Update

I mentioned previously that the Earthship BnB is on hold until I have full approval (hence the chookship). At this stage I have planning approval but still need building approval… Thankfully the structural engineer has made good progress and has agreed to tyre walls with no footings (yeah!) and has been very reasonable about various other oddities. So I’m stoked. I hope to have the final set of drawings this week or next. CFS (country fire service) have given the BnB the thumbs up and downgraded the BAL (bushfire attack level) on account of the earth-sheltered (bermed) design (yeah!). 


By |March 14th, 2013|

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Earthship Article for ReNew Magazine

I have written an article for ReNew magazine regarding my research on Earthship thermal performance and lifecycle assessment. There is a companion piece to the article which you can read for free here

By |December 13th, 2012|

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Earthship Ironbank On Ice

Hey people just want to let you know that the next workshop (lJan 26, 2013) will need to more of a look-and-talk-shop as council have been out to have a look at the wall and politely suggested that I stop all construction work until I have Development Approval. The good news is that I […]

By |November 24th, 2012|

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Earthship Ironbank September 2012

Had a great day pounding tyres and throwing some mud on Sunday. Had a great team of about 12 helpers – thanks all!
Here is a photo showing the front greenhouse wall (which will eventually be bermed) which swings around 180 degrees in an arc to connect up to the western wing wall. Also installed […]

By |October 6th, 2012|

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Earthship Ironbank August 2012

Had a great day pounding tyres yesterday. Perfect weather. I’m still awaiting planning approval and have started discussions with SA Health regarding the greywater planters. Initial meeting went well. Here is a photo from yesterday.
Another workshop on Sun 30 September. Book here ($15)

By |August 26th, 2012|

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Talk for Transition Adelaide Hills

Date: Saturday, 21st July, 2012.
Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start.
Venue: Aldgate Memorial Hall, Kingsland Road, Aldgate (Old Aldgate Cinema, behind Aldgate village shopping centre),
 Talks hosted by Transition Adelaide Hills
Delicious hot soups, bread, wine available for purchase. Coffee and tea free.
Gold coin donation.
Contact: or for more information.

By |July 14th, 2012|

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