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:
Coming up is our first AGM after completing our successful transition from community organisation to independent Incorporated Association.
Please come along if you would like to become a member and take part in the discussion surrounding the future of Earthship Australia as a community organisation driven to Read More
Greetings Earthship supporters,
Well we have just returned from a successful 2 week workshop to get more done on final finishing of the 2 U survival pod in on the discovery coast in Queensland, Australia.
The project was run as a volunteer participation workshop, similar to the projects run in many countries overseas by Earthship Biotecture, which involved a workshop program which provided aseries of talks, films and discussions surrounding living self-sufficiently and engaging with the broader themes of Earthship Biotecture including a smaller-scale living mindset, community development and inclusion and thinking smarter in terms of resource consumption and use of materials. Earthship living is not simply a dwelling but involves a series of processes which include shared learning experiences and spreading knowledge for others to learn and teach the methodology and the philosophy behind Biotecture to foster the establishment of more Earthships across the country. Bob and Shelley were clear that they desired to create a home and an experience based on a loving intention and opened their lives and property to all to share in their way of life. Read More
After a long wait, Earthships are coming to Darwin in the form of two evening presentations coming this week at CDU. Wednesday night will see a general presentation of Biotecture’s aims, principles and applications, looking at recent projects participated by Earthship Australia representative Rachel Goldlust. Thursday night will see the Darwin premier of ‘Australia’s First Earthship’ a documentary by Jennifer Brownson looking at the community surrounding the first Earthship project completed in Australia in 2013. Come along of you’ve been interested in Earthships and want to find ways of getting involved or justget inspired for a new way of living!
Greetings Tasmanian Earthship and sustainable building supporters!
After much waiting there’s finally an Earthship event coming up for Tassie
Come along if you’ve heard about Earthships and want to find out more or would like to sign up and join the movement starting across Australia to bring this radical sustainble architecture and living model to us here!
Academy graduate Duuvy Jester, with a crew of dedicated humans have successfully brought Australia’s first Earthship to waterproof and lock up stage! So now Duuvy is travelling down the east coast of Australia to share the experience through a bunch of engaging, entertaining and informative talks.
Learn all about Earthships and their application to the diverse Australian environment. Hear all about the journey of the first Earthship downunder. The workshop, the alterations in design, the usage of hempcrete, the cyclonic weather, the challenges, the realities involved in undertaking this kind of project are just some of the areas of discussion that will be covered.
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!).
Good evening friends,
We sure have been busy since we spoke last. Five solid days were lost amongst a school of childish weather. The kind of weather that would make stormy Melbourne city blush like a dungeons and dragons enthusiast on his first date. Entire towns were flooded, houses destroyed and they even had to shoot livestock out from the treetops they were trapped in. That is how seriously violent the rain fell.
How did the Earthship hold up, did I hear you ask? Well…