BUILDING a house is a big job.
With this in mind, Nimbin-based company Terraeden Biotecture has come up with a solution to make building a home easier – get as many people as possible to help.
The company’s unique attitude toward building sees participants physically build an “Earthship” home through community workshops.
Over the course of the build, participants learn practical skills and theory about things such as permaculture and law.
Terraeden design facilitator Duuvy Jester said he could come up with a design for any home based on a client’s budget.
“Not everyone can afford the labour costs, so the people who are coming to do the build get a reasonably priced education that gives them real skills and the people building the house get their labour cost cut out,” Mr Jester said. Read More
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
We got a chance to give the new Earthship Education Facility a little trial run this morning as part of a 3 hour scheduled tour for Vista Grande High School, a local Taos charter school.
I set up a temporary screen (read white sheet) in what will be the screening room of the new Earthship Education Facility and showed some slides. Sean and Hillary took the 60 kids through the vintange Visitor Center, around the EVE project, through the Studio rental, a one bedroom Global Earthship, the Corner Cottage Earthship, the Euro Earthship and the Phoenix.
by Kirsten Jacobsen
Work resumed in earnest today on the EVE Project following Michael Reynolds’ return from the Earthship Project in Todos Santos, Mexico.
Michael lined up Earthship foreman Phil Basehart on the next steps for the second tower. This structure will be three stories tall.
Earthships can be fully above ground, wrapped with straw bales or 4″ rigid insulation (depends on climate) and finished with conventional facing. If the climate is temperate then the configuration of the layout of the rooms in an earthship can be altered.
“THE DANGERS OF ALLOWING THE PURSUIT OF SOMEWHAT IMPERFECT SUSTAINABLE CARBON ZERO HOUSING AS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN CERTAIN ‘POCKETS OF FREEDOM’ THROUGHOUT THE LANDS ARE NOT NEARLY AS GREAT AS THE DANGER OF NOT PURSUING IT AT ALL.”
- Michael Reynolds
by Jonah Reynolds | email@example.com
Do you adapt a design to suit the location or suburb or is it purely for new open parcels of stand alone land?
We have been doing this for over 40 years and have experienced most every situation when the goal is providing shelter that is absolutely sustainable. We have learned a lot from the world, from nature and from humanity and its methods of business. Therefore we have created standard designs over the decades and now offer the Global Model Earthship. This model is a standard design, all figured out and is the result of over 40 years of research and development. This model will work in any climate on the planet. That is something we must offer, as a business and as part of our research.
by Michael Reynolds
This is “biotecture” designed for a city in Turkey. There is a mile-long bike lane through the Commons. Not only is the guy riding through the Commons’ greenhouse, this buffer zone contains the facility’s sewage treatment, water catchment and food production. The outside climate gets tempered twice on the way into the private homes – once in the Commons and then in the personal greenhouses. With this much locally produced food, the scale of the corner store is redefined. Provisions for vegetables, bananas, fish and chickens are part of the design.