“. . . the Earthship is the epitome of sustainable design and construction. No part of sustainable living has been ignored in this ingenious building.”
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.
Written by Adam Varahachaikol
It’s been 3 weeks now. The progress has been slower than anticipated, as we’re still working on the tire wall, but we’ve had great work parties and made new friends. We have also been sourcing other materials as we’ve used more than we anticipated and needed to adapt as the project progressed.
We’re still focusing heavily on building with recycled & natural materials, finding creative ways to use garbage, and relying on the community to make the whole thing happen.
So far, the cost of the project is $0. […]
This is Florian from Earthship Seattle. I’m very excited to announce the first actual build to happen in Seattle!
We are inviting the community for a series of workshops where you will get to practice Earthship construction, led by a group of Earthship Academy students.
The land owner, Roxanne, is very much aligned with Earthship Seattle’s vision of raising awareness about Earthships and tackling the obstacles that stand between people in Washington state and their Earthship dream. She also intends to use it as a teaching tool for local students, so they can explore innovative ways to think about recycling and housing.
This project has just emerged on the horizon and it is really exciting to see all the interest, questions and comments that we have received on Facebook during the first 24 hours.
Now’s the time to answer all your questions around this exciting project.
Our people here at Earthship Seattle are busy bees. We’re working on promoting and coordinating the upcoming Earthship Seminar in Seattle with Mike Reynolds on September 20, 21, 22. We’re also distributing flyers, contacting local media to inspire them to do stories on Earthships, designing posters and t-shirts, running movie screenings and meetings, and we are about to build a WOM (Water Organization Module), as well as gathering information on building permits, etc. […]
Posted on June 5, 2013 by allamericangirl2016
Ever think about productive ways we can use (or save!) the earth’s resources? Wood, water, soil, or even what you may consider to be “junk?” Believe it or not, this “junk” can be used to make some pretty sustainable (and fun!) items, such as alternative housing or even model transportation! If you ever need new ideas about what to do with your old stuff, the Seattle Mini Maker Faire will provide you with endless inventive ideas!
“Earthship Seattle” was born in early Fall 2012 and quickly became a tight group of dedicated volunteers who see Earthships as one of the best solutions for the future to help people be resilient and free without harming the planet.
Plus, the bottle walls are pretty!
We are an active group of volunteers based out of Seattle, WA. Our mission is to promote and develop Earth friendly and people friendly community living concepts in the great North West.
On the web: http://www.earthshipnw.org/
On MeetUp: http://www.meetup.com/Earthship-Seattle/
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EarthshipSeattle
from planetgreen.com | Rennovation Nation
May 18, 1997 | Associated Press
A brief look at the building, operation and cost of Earthships:
Construction: Used tires are packed with dirt and stacked on steel reinforcing rods to form exteriors. Aluminum cans are tucked between the tires and the entire walls are coated with mixed mud and straw. Interior walls are made of cement and glass bottles.
Water: Water is collected from rainfall on the roof, stored in 3,000-gallon cisterns and passed through filters before coming out to sinks and showers. The water then drains through an interior garden, is pumped back through toilets and then flushes (as sewage) into outdoor gardens that leach out waste.
Electricity: Power is generated by rooftop solar panels and windmills. Electricity is captured in batteries that must have water added to them about once a month. An Earthship office can run six computers, fax machines, copiers and more with solar- and wind-generated power. Homeowners say cloudy days mean less power, and they time their vacuuming accordingly.
I just read this executive order copy from the governor of california, Arnold Schwarzenegger about Sea Levels rising, etc.
It is not out of the question that this method be used to move forward in todays world. It is clear that nothing tangible will happen here in Copenhagen between all the countries to effect climate …change.