Herald photo by Ian Martens Workers and volunteers help with the construction of an 1,800-square-foot earthship home, designed to be an off-grid, self-sustaining dwelling, earlier this week at a site along the Little Bow River east of Carmangay. An open house is scheduled Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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It’s an 1,800-square-foot, three-bedroom home with an unusual floor plan and a sweeping south-facing view toward the Little Bow River out of large glass windows.
Its final cost, estimated at between $350,000 and $400,000, would be comparable to a similar-sized unit in an average Canadian urban community.
But when it’s completed in a few weeks, Glen and Dawn Kinney’s soon-to-be retirement house, located about 70 kilometres from Lethbridge and 30 kilometres east of Carmangay, will basically run itself.
The home, called an earthship for its design, will maintain a consistent temperature of between 19 C and 22 C year-round, with no added heating or cooling, and have a of cost of only about $150 per year for utilities.
The back wall was constructed with more than 800 tires encased in mortar to create thermal mass, while the side walls, with a similar concept, utilized more than 12,000 beer cans. Read More
This course is run by past academy students and experienced permaculturists. This course is recognised but not organised by Earthship Biotecture. To apply for the Earthship academy online here www.earthship.com/academy
Welcome to the first of many Regenerative Biotecture courses facilitated by Terraeden Biotecture. What you will be walking away with will be an honourable title in Regenerative Biotecture (RB). During the course you will get hands on building experience, classroom time, and there will be open-circle discussions and onsite tutoring. Our main focus is on ‘big picture learning’. Big picture learning is looking at the whole learning experience — the integration of head, hand, gut and soul education.
For those who questions whether you can adapt the earthship principles for the tropics we will be hosting a workshop in Cooktown, Queensland from the 19th July – 1st August to try out a no cement adaptation of the mini-ship design
There have been several hits on a Global Model Earthship being built for a Taos family who was displaced after losing their home in Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Last year, we had 35 students and several crew members begin the tire pounding and within a week’s time were able to complete the 9 courses of the main structural tire wall. The Bilal family has been in Taos since that time and have been the focus of our local humanitarian effort.
Since last spring, Earthship Biotecture has donated time and labor working with our interns, Academy students and various high school groups towards enclosing and eventually finishing the Bilal family’s Earthship. Several groups have worked with us over the year to pack out the back tire wall creating more support and preparing for the roof to go on. Read More
This spring Michael Reynolds will be hosting a series of lectures about Earthships in multiple cities around Europe.
This is an effort to share 40 years of research and development on self-sufficient housing with the masses.
The lectures are structured as a 1-day seminar in each European city (see dates below). Many concepts and issues within sustainability will be discussed but the main focus is on the concepts of Biotecture and the six core principals of the Earthship model.
DATES; MAY 10 – 27, 2014:
– May 10 – Vila Nova de Famalicão, Art house - Portugal, 15 min from Porto
– May 17 - Oradea University – Romania, Oradea
– May 21 – Acquaworld - Italy, Milano
– May 24 - Berlin University of the Arts - Germany, Berlin
Earthship Biotecture partnered together with the Earth Village and the people of Barrangay Batug to coordinate and build a wind proof structure to use as a prototype for rebuilding in the Philippines. This 10-day hit was the first of several phases of rebuilding the affected areas of the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. Read More