Disaster Relief

Zero Cost Wind Resistant Home

Hut Earthship Philippines

This is the outcome of Earthship Biotecture’s efforts to produce a zero cost – wind resistant home in the philippines. The building was given away to a local man and his son.

‘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, but people are starting to realise that maybe there is something to look at here,” Reynolds told Al Jazeera. Although it hasn’t been an easy journey, Earthships are becoming a more mainstream housing option. Today, people are living in Earthships in 50 states across the US, and in at least 25 countries around the world.

Earthships are built by digging at least 1.2m below the earth’s surface, where the temperature remains stable throughout the year, thereby needing no fossil fuel-derived energy for cooling or heating. Exterior walls are made of recycled materials such as truck tyres, used bottles and spent beer cans.

Solar panels and wind turbines on the house generate enough electricity to run electrical appliances.

Earthships also harvest their own water from rain or snow, and store it in a huge tank on the roof. This water goes through a filtration system and is used for drinking and cooking. Read More

Centro comunitário sustentável é construído com lixo

No Malawi, em África, resíduos foram utilizados para construir um centro comunitário sustentável – Centro Comunitário Kapita Earthship, que visa prestar serviços à população local.

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O polo de apoio vai contar com estufas para produção de alimentos, sistema de captação de água da chuva e painéis solares para gerar eletricidade. Read More

Earthship Philippines – Windship 1st Hit Recap

Recap video of the Windship construction in the Philippines to function as a typhoon resistant structure as well as a school building for the local community.  Includes interviews with the Earthship crew, volunteers, locals and partnering organizations, Earth Village Project and One Block for Batug.

 

 

Since this build last February, there has been much interest from government officials and the Department of Education to replicate the Windship design throughout the region. Read More

Building Belize’s First Earthship Alongside the Mayan Ruins

Phil Moore | Monday, 15th October 2012 | from permaculture.co.uk

Belize’s first Earthship lies within sight of the Maya ruins of Lubaantun in the south of the country, creating a wonderful juxtaposition between ruined civilization and new ecological design

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Renegade architect Mike Reynolds and his crew began construction in March 2012. Commissioned by an ex-pat British family, the building is situated on a huge piece of land with a cacao farm, an important and popular crop in this part of the world.

Richard and Alisa arrived in Belize two years ago having lived in Scotland, Spain, and Mexico with their three children. Now settled with three dogs, three cats, and an army of chickens most of the building work is being done by locals employed from the nearby village of San Pedro Colombia. The Maya crew headed by Cessaerio were taught the ropes by Mike and his team and there are plans to use the tyres and bottle brick approach to create a rain water catchment system for the village school. Read More

EB Academy Works on Local Humanitarian Effort

   

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IMG_5347    Academy 2014 – Session 2

There have been several hits on a Global Model Earthship being built for a Taos family who was displaced after losing their home in Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Last year, we had 35 students and several crew members begin the tire pounding and within a week’s time were able to complete the 9 courses of the main structural tire wall. The Bilal family has been in Taos since that time and have been the focus of our local humanitarian effort.

Since last spring, Earthship Biotecture has donated time and labor working with our interns, Academy students and various high school groups towards enclosing and eventually finishing the Bilal family’s Earthship. Several groups have worked with us over the year to pack out the back tire wall creating more support and preparing for the roof to go on. Read More

Earthship Philippines Windship

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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. Read More

Earthship Malawi – Kapita Community Centre

Earthship to Launch First Phase of ‘Windship’ Design

Calling for Volunteers!

Earthship Biotecture will be joined by a team of 40 students in an effort to begin the rebuilding in the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). This will be the first of several phases of rebuilding in the affected areas.

Here we will be launching the new design that was developed for this climate and for disaster prone regions. This design, called the “Windship” has been derived from with similar technologies to the Simple Survival Pod.

Earthship Biotecture will be working with the local community while teaching locals and volunteers Earthship principles and design. The project is in collaboration with the Earth Village Project, a collaboration between the ecovillage and permaculture communities in Asia and Australia. The Earth Village Project aims to provides integrative and sustainable community solutions in food security, natural built systems, energy and livelihood, community process, education and ecovillage design. The Windship Project will be one of the biggest ecovillage solutions to be presented to the Philippines in sustainable wind-proof housing. Read More

Why Are We Doing This?

Cambodia is a very poor country, and it needs innovative methods of creating a safe and secure places to live, with the minimum amount of external materials, to the lowest possible cost. As we’ve learned the people of Cambodia are very creative, and adaptive to new ideas, and we feel we can inspire change by inviting them to learn with us.

When?
We are starting this project at early to mid January 2014, and should be running for about a month or so.

About what we’re looking for

We are looking for people interested in new ways of thinking, earthship’s and permaculture, and who are not shy of a hard days work! The temperature here in January will be between 26° and 34° Celsius, and we’ll be working about 6 hours a day. The work will be quite hands on. Please contact or visit us to join in the build! We will take on about 10 volunteers, and we will prioritise people who can stay the duration of the build. Read More