Te Puke’s Fruit of the Pacific charitable trust is spearheading a two-week project to teach Ni Vanuatu RSE workers how to build an ‘earthship’ when they return home – to use as houses or safety shelters.
Earthships are a self-contained, impact-minimising land-based ‘ship’ – constructed from what others throw away and designed to work in harmony with the environment, say their designers Earthship Biotecture.
Fruit of the Pacific’s Kylie DellaBarca Steel witnessed Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu on March 15-16.
LETHBRIDGE COUNTY — In the dead of winter, in the middle of the southern Alberta prairies, the Kinneys’ Christmas dinner included juicy tomatoes freshly picked from the family’s new home.
Producing vegetables even when there’s snow on the ground isn’t the only feature that makes the Kinneys’ abode unusual.
Made of 800 recycled tires and 12,000 cans encased in mortar, the long and skinny bungalow is a radically sustainable building that offers all the comforts of a modern home without any electricity or water bills. READ MORE »
Michael Reynolds es un líder mundial en energías renovables y arquitectura sostenible desde hace 45 años. La amplitud, la profundidad y el alcance mundial de su obra es inigualable. Michael Reynolds diseña y construye casas totalmente autosuficientes, construidas mayoritariamente con materiales naturales y reciclados.
Estas casas se llaman Earthships y se han construido en todo el mundo. Las Earthships (Navetierra en español) mantienen una temperatura ambiente de forma natural, producen su propia electricidad, recolectan y almacenan agua de lluvia, tratan aguas residuales y producen alimentos claves en una dieta saludable. Todo esto sin tener que pagar recibos de luz o de agua.
Michael Reynolds es además el jefe de diseño, tanto de estructura como de sistemas. Es capaz de adaptar los diseños Earthship y las técnicas de construcción a cualquier clima del mundo. Es el fundador de tres comunidades Earthship en el mundo, autor de siete libros y personaje principal del documental “Garbage Warrior”.
“The American Dream Project” travelled around the United States on motorcycles visiting towns and communities in search of places where the American Dream is still alive. In the “Taos: Innovation” episode they visited the Greater World Earthship Community and the Earthship Academy. They spoke with Earthship Founder Michael Reynolds, Academy advisor Tom Duke and a few of the students. They also pitched in and helped build a bottle wall at the EVE: Earthship Village Ecologies Project.
Mike Reynolds is featured amongst 50 people who fit the category of “extraordinary.”
By: Peter Horsfield
“Sustainable, comfortable and eco-friendly. These are just a few of the words that one can use to describe the architectural wonders called “Earthships” that were designed and constructed by Mike Reynolds, an architect with an environmentalist perspective. Mike’s designs may often be regarded by many as ‘unusual’ and sometimes even ‘impractical’, but one cannot but help admit that Mike’s radical architectural designs are indeed fascinating and amazing.”
This beautifully finished global model Earthship called Waybee had its first tire pounded by the Earthship Academy students in March of 2014.
Five Academy sessions were dedicated to finish this building. The students built it themselves with the help of our talented crew. From door to doorknob, they worked at least 5 days a week for four weeks in full dedication to bring it to life.
One of the most amazing aspects of this field is seeing the skeleton of your work turn into a home that takes care of the people who will be occupying it. READ MORE »
In an update to a story we first brought you back in November 2012, Dirt Merchant Farms, which sells organic foods like fresh farm eggs, meats and vegetables in Stagecoach, has continued to build what are known as “Earthships” on their property.
An earthship is a self-sustaining building made out of recyclable materials, like tires and glass bottles.
He says they’re more durable than traditional homes made out of wood.
“Most stick-based buildings take a lot of time to build,” Alexander said. “They take a lot of money to buy. They’re around $200,000 for your mortgage nowadays, depending on what type of building you want, and you end up taking most of your time fixing the building as it’s going. Whereas, my earthship, as I build it, it’s created with mostly concrete, plaster, metal and things like that.”
On Sunday, I got to take a tour of the different earthships he’s building. Since first talking to him last November, he’s been working on two storage buildings, a greenhouse and a shelter for his pigs.
“Different farms are coming out that are using the different earthship technologies to help keep the temperature for our buildings, and help keep our greenhouses warm,” Alexander said. “Whereas, we don’t have to use fossil fuels, or woods or coals.”
One of the techniques he’s using to control the temperature inside an earthship used as a storage space is building dirt mounds around the structure.
“It’s packed around all sides, except for the south-facing side with dirt,” he said. “So, you use the earth berm to keep the building cool and warm, depending on what you want and what season.”
One of the storage spaces is set to be completed in the next several weeks.
Alexander says his neighbors have responded well to the construction of these earthships. Some, like the Litsingers, have also stepped in and helped.
“He won’t need anything to back up heat or cool,” said Marcia Litsinger. “It’s going to be perfect. Even his own water system will basically be within the earthship. I love it.”
“When he finishes it, it’s going to be great for him, for the environment, and for Lyon County, so that we can show that we are more progressive than we have been in the past,” said Steve Litsinger.
Alexander wants to show that anybody can make their home out of the recyclable materials, and help the environment in the future.
After receiving hundreds of tires from many northern Nevadans since November 2012, he says he now needs any used building materials like old doors, sheet metal and fencing. He also needs about 2,000 uncrushed cans.
If you’d like to help or have questions about his earthships, you can find Dirt Merchant Farms on Facebook. You can also e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at (775) 450-8218.