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With the reelection of Barack Obama, Canadians won’t have to fend off an invasion of disgruntled American liberals any time soon. But the Earthship invasion of our neighbor to the north, it seems, is already in full swing.
This deep-green, low-tech brand of building — which originated in UFO-prone New Mexico — makes extensive use of earth-packed tires as building blocks, along with various other forms of refuse and natural materials. It is the brainchild of architect Michael Reynolds, who characterizes it as a “radically sustainable” method of home building. The Earthship method incorporates about 45 percent recycled materials, and relies largely on the sun for heat.
from the Manitoba Earthship Project A friend reminded me recently that our website could use a little updating – and so here I will attempt an update on the highlights from August – September in one post with a promise to improve my posting skills in the future. First let me say that we (Kris & Nicole) have experienced the best and most busy summer of our lives. Building your own Earthship is wild – tons of work, research, planning, debating, checking & double-checking, and crossing of fingers. I would only recommend doing this yourself if everyone who will live in the home is fully committed, on the same page, and ready for some sacrifice.
DAVE McGINN – The Globe and Mail
To build their dream home on a patch of farmland in Southern Ontario, Craig and Connie Cook had to source 1,200 old tires. Packed with dirt, they are the bricks of their “earthship” – an off-the-grid home made of recycled materials, in which the main source of heat is the sun.
Earthships are the brainchild of Michael Reynolds, a New Mexico-based architect and the founder of Earthship Biotecture, a company that designs and builds homes constructed with about 45-per-cent reused materials, including plastic and glass bottles, cans, reclaimed wood, natural plaster and stone, and reclaimed metal from washing machines and refrigerators.
There are dozens of such homes in Canada, where the concept has seen a surge following a 2007 documentary about Reynolds called Garbage Warrior. The movie helped popularize Earthships, which appeal to many for both environmental and economic reasons.
It took a lot of planning and logistics to make it happen there… and I heard that all of you showed up enthusiastic and excited!
Thank you Toronto, Canada!!
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This is a 2 story, 2000 sq/ft home being built just outside of Saint John, New Brunswick into a south sloping rock cliff. It is the first home in NB to have a structural engineered sanctioned and stamped tire wall, it is also the first house to have a collected potable rainwater and a signed off indoor grey water system from the department of heath. The home will also feature a certified composting toilet called the phoenix (http://www.compostingtoilet.com/).
Most people who decide to build their dream home probably wouldn’t dream of asking their friends and co-workers to help out by collecting bottles and cans.
But in the case of Nicole Bennett and Kris Plantz, who also gratefully accepted a donation of hundreds of old tires from the Clandeboye dump, one man’s trash is literally another man’s housewarming gift.
EVENT LISTING FOR SEPTEMBER 21, 22, 23, 2012 in TORONTO
EARTHSHIP BIOTECTURE SEMINAR: S.A.F.E.
“SUSTAINABLE AUTONOMY FOR EVERYONE”
SEPTEMBER 21-23, 2012 at ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM
MICHAEL REYNOLDS, INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED
EARTHSHIP CREATOR LEADS SEMINAR
Michael Reynolds: 40 years of research and development of self-sufficient housing made from recycled materials. Creator of the Earthship concept.