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
Thanks to George Bray for his video work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzGTGoye_kw
Well after a long wait Earthship Australia successfully hosted its first week-long project building a 10sqm ‘under-permit’ mini-ship vaulted dome with the support of a local eco-village project and 30 volunteer participants. Read More
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
Do you want to learn how to build an Earthship? Do you want to get inspired and motivated by some of Australia’s most experienced Earthship builders and designers? If so read on…
Earthship Ironbank is not just any Earthship… it is the first in Australia to be “sanctioned” by Earthship Biotecture (Taos, USA) and the first to be fully approved by local government! It will also be the first Bed and Breakfast Earthship in Australia, open to all who wish to experience the wonders of Earthship living.
However, it will not be the first Earthship workshop run by Martin (Marty) Freney. Since Earthship Ironbank started, way back in July 2009 when Michael Reynolds came to town, Marty has run about 20 short (half day) workshops to continue building the tyre wall, started by Mike and 25 locals – who pounded 60 tyres in a just a few hours! Since then the tyre wall has grown slowly but surely with many afternoons of tyre pounding here in the forested, semi-rural “suburb” of Ironbank, Adelaide Hills, 25km from the heart of Adelaide.
Hello everyone! We are very excited to announce another workshop
opportunity coming up in Victoria this summer.
This workshop will teach you practical skills and the earthship principles:
building with natural and recycled materials, thermal/solar heating and
cooling, water harvesting, sewage treatment, food production. Detailed talks
and hands on education for the start to finish process will be facilitated by
Earthship Biotecture graduates. Read More
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 in Australia: I’ve heard of other tyre walled homes in Aus but I think this is the first time a tyre wall with NO footings, and an earthberm has been approved. One thing I’m not allowed to do is irrigate the planter with greywater, nor flush the loo with treated greywater, but I’ll be fighting that (very poor) decision. With waste conservation initiatives it’s one step at a time here in South Australia, the driest State in the driest continent.
Planning to run some workshops in January 2014 to land this one bedroom earthship – stay tuned!
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). Read More
Hello there one and all! Terraeden Biotecture is putting on another start to finish build workshop down here in dusty Australia. This time we are doing a small scale, Earthship inspired studio build. Perfect for those of you who are new to biotecture and want to learn how to build something that is achievable on a small scale with a small budget. You will get practical experience in biotecture skills such as building with natural and recycled materials as well as thermal/solar heating and cooling. On top of that, there will be onsite lectures covering: