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Earthship Ironbank – Full Steam Ahead!

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!

 

 

Earthship Ironbank Update

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 »

Earthship Australia AGM – August 14th, 2013 Melbourne

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 »

Earthships come to Darwin – July 24th & 25th

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 justEARTHSHIP POSTER Darwinget inspired for a new way of living!

Australia’s First Earthship – Tasmanian Documentary Premiere!

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!

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Earthship Ironbank BnB Update

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!). 

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Update: Earthship Australia Simple Survival Build Day 8

We are rained in and it looks like we will be for some time. This small coastal town has turned biblically torrential with a soviet sky. They have promised a stage three cyclone but we will most likely receive a left-over lover in the shape of high winds. Sloppy seconds. Very interesting. I watch the crowd here, embraced in the kind of unity that cant be shaken by a little sky disco. They laugh and talk and play music as though it is mid-afternoon at Burning Man, and as the rain bellows down onto the tarp covering our camp kitchen, we know that our intent and solidarity will pull us through to the other side of this Earthly bedlam.

Earthship Australia Simple Survival

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Earthship Article for ReNew Magazine

I have written an article for ReNew magazine regarding my research on Earthship thermal performance and lifecycle assessment. There is a companion piece to the article which you can read for free here http://renew.org.au/earthships/

Sustainable homes for Earth

Looking like something Tolkein’s hobbits would reside in, the quirky Earthship homes are in fact some of the greenest kinds of abodes around.

Welcome to bizarro world. Looking like a larger version of a house that one of Tolkein’s hobbits would reside in, Earthships are in fact one of the greenest kinds of houses around.

They’re the brainchild of sustainable architect Mike Reynolds, founder of the Earthship Biotecture company. Designed as a type of passive solar house, Earthships are made primarily of natural materials such as rammed-earth combined with recycled materials, tyres, bottles and cans.

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Earthship Ironbank On Ice

Hey people just want to let you know that the next workshop (lJan 26, 2013) will need to more of a look-and-talk-shop as council have been out to have a look at the wall and politely suggested that I stop all construction work until I have Development Approval. The good news is that I recently received Planning Approval from council and am progressing well with the Building Approval.

Other news is;

– the local health authority (SA Health) are not keen on the Earthship greywater system (or toilet flushing with greywater, or growing food in greywater). Hmmmm….. could be a serious bummer. Might have to use fresh rainwater instead :(

– EPA are supportive of me using car tyres but if using more than 500 tyres per year I need to pay approx $750 in fees for a license to do so. On the up side this entitles me to collect a fee from tyre retailers for taking their old tyres. I’ve spoken to a few and they were all happy with paying me $1 per tyre. So at least this covers the cost of the EPA’s application fee. If you use less than 500 per year you don’t have to pay the application fee to the EPA but you need to let council know and you must have Development approval.

Will keep you posted.

Cheers,

Marty

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