How To

Bottle wall at Towers Earthship

Here’s one of the most magnificent Earthship bottle walls to date. Expert Earthship bottle wall artist Heather Konz developed the free form pattern to be able to make the wall go up quickly without waiting for more bottle bricks of specific colors to be made.Towers bottle December small

Earthship Workshop Time Lapse Stage 1

Earthship Workshop Time Lapse Stage 1 from lucy scott on Vimeo.

A time lapse film clip capturing a two week workshop of an Earthship build in Northern Rivers, Australia. 2013.
Thanks to all those involved.
Workshop run by Terraeden Biotecture.
Music: Led Zeppelin “Achilles Last Stand”
Edited by: Lucy Scott

Earthship Biotecture plans benefit seminar

Earthship Biotecture will be host a benefit seminar Sunday (Aug. 18) for those interested in learning more about building while aiding a good cause.

The Earthship workshop is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Taos Mesa Brewery.

The event will comprise of an all-day seminar with Mike Reynolds, Phil Basehart and the Earthship staff and crew. This will be followed by live music at 7 p.m. and other activities such as a raffle and family events. Read More

Spring, 2013 Academy: 1Bed Global Model Build Begins

spring Academy update from the job site – building a one bedroom global model in the Greater World Community

first courses of tires, Q&A with Phil, cooling tubes, thermal wrap

global_tirework_course2

global_tirework_course4 Read More

Spring, 2013 Academy: Week 2

earthship spring academy week 2 – systems classes, tire pounding cont., thermal wrap, cisterns/plumbing, subfloors, prepping for concrete footing, moving dirt.

academy_systems_class

cistern_moving Read More

Spring, 2013 Academy: grey water planter beds being lined

new global model grey water planter beds being lined – spring academy

gwater_planter_lining

spring academy global model @HQ

all hands on deck for vigas going on the building this week

global_vigas1

global_vigas2 Read More

Formula to Spread Earthships

guatemala maria
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.

Read More

Winterizing Earthships in Taos

earthship two towers

As temperatures begin to dip below freezing in Taos, New Mexico, and snow is moving in, we begin to suit up and take the necessary steps to ensure that our living conditions are as efficient as they promise.  Although our Global models prove their efficiency in terms of functionality and temperature stabilization, some of our older buildings may need some small tune-ups to keep warm this winter.  Here are a few examples that may help for your home too:

Propane levels need to be monitored especially in the winter months as it is used in heating water and cooking in some homes.   You can check the gauge on the tank to see the percentage of gas remaining.  It is good to keep a back-up tank available.

Read More

Earthship Biotecture presenta la version en espanol de: La Navetierra, Como Construir la Suya en Formato de Libro Electrónico

La traducción al español del ejemplar “La Navetierra, como construir la suya” ya está disponible en formato de libro electrónico a través de nuestro sitio web www.earthship.com.

Este libro ofrece a los lectores la filosofía básica detrás del diseño de los earthships, y cómo estos edificios interactúan con la tierra para crear los sistemas que la caracterizan.  Por otra parte “Earthship Volumen Uno” ofrece a los lectores  instrucciones sobre cómo elegir el emplazamiento de su futura Earthship y también la forma de reproducir muchos de los métodos de construcción básicos que se utilizan para construir uno de estos edificios.
Este libro es un punto de inicio si usted está interesado en la construcción de su propio earthship, o si simplemente quiere aprender más acerca de esta innovadora forma de vivir.

Read More