Comfort In Any Climate

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Earthships include their own utility systems made on site.
Comfort
| Electricity | Food | Sewage Treatment | Water

An Earthship uses little to no fossil fuels to provide modern amenities. We are simply adapting our needs to the already existing activities of the planet.

TBT: The Corner Cottage

The Corner Cottage was built in 2007 and was the first Earthship to feature a second greenhouse along the entire front face.  The floor plan of the Corner Cottage was similar to a two bedroom Packaged Earthship but with the continuous angled front face and gray water planters added in front.  Corner Cottage was […]

By |December 30th, 2015|

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Calgary, Canada Earthship Temperature Report

November 14, 2014:
Someone was asking about our temperatures at the Earthship in Calgary, Canada… We are running at +18 C (64.4 F) when it is -18 C (-1 F) and more with the wind chill.

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By |July 20th, 2015|

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Earthship ‘biotecture’ stays comfy without utilities

TAOS, N.M. —from http://www.ksl.com/?nid=1012&sid=29474554

If you landed in the desert surrounding this north-central New Mexico town, you might at first think you had landed on another planet.

In a sprawling development a few miles northwest of town, the architecture is so wild and futuristic that it could just as easily be a colonial outpost on the moon.

Yet the homes are largely made of trash, and all are designed to be totally self-sufficient without hookups to any utilities.

It’s a home design know as the Earthship, and the guru who developed it into a distinctive vision of the future will soon be spreading his gospel to Utah.

“It’s a vessel that sails on the seas of tomorrow,” Earthship founder Michael Reynolds said in a recent interview.

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By |January 26th, 2015|

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EB Academy Works on Local Humanitarian Effort

   

 

    Academy 2014 – Session 2

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. […]

By |May 8th, 2014|

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Winterizing Earthships in Taos

As temperatures begin to dip below freezing in Taos, New Mexico, and snow is moving in, we begin to suit up and take the necessary steps to ensure that our living conditions are as efficient as they promise.  Although our Global models prove their efficiency in terms of functionality and temperature stabilization, some of our older buildings may need some small tune-ups to keep warm this winter.  Here are a few examples that may help for your home too:
Propane levels need to be monitored especially in the winter months as it is used in heating water and cooking in some homes.   You can check the gauge on the tank to see the percentage of gas remaining.  It is good to keep a back-up tank available.

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By |December 31st, 2012|

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COMFORT ZONE. Sierra Club Magazine Earthships Blast Off

Nearly three decades have passed since Michael Reynolds built his first “radically sustainable” Earthship dwellings out of cast-off materials such as tires and beer bottles on the high mesas near Taos, New Mexico. His Earthship mantra, however, remains the same: “Live free.” That is, off the grid and without power bills.

Earthships have evolved from simple structures lacking flush toilets into multifloor homes with flat-screen TVs, wi-fi, and greenhouses brimming with crops. And they’ve gone from fringe to 53,000 Facebook fans as a new generation tunes in to Reynolds’s alt-sustainable message. Today, there’s also a school, the Earthship Biotecture Academy, which teaches design principles and philosophy.

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By |December 20th, 2012|

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10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are F!#%ing Awesome

by Jordan Lejuwaan at highexistence.com

Earthships are 100% sustainable homes that are both cheap to build and awesome to live in. They offer amenities like no other sustainable building style you have come across. For the reasons that follow, I believe Earthships can actually change the world. See for yourself!

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By |October 3rd, 2012|

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Earthship Occupants Questionnaire

Dear Earthship Dweller, I am a PhD student at the University of Adelaide, Australia, School of Architecture. I write to invite you to participate in the Earthship Occupants Questionnaire which investigates a wide range of issues relating to the Earthship and the Earthship lifestyle. In particular, the information collected will help in understanding the thermal comfort levels in Earthships, and how their off-grid systems perform in comparison to conventional utilities systems.

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By |August 22nd, 2012|

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Ecological Impact of Earthships

Life Cycle Assessment of Earthship Architecture

PhD research by Martin Freney, PhD Candidate, University of Adelaide
School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design

Aim

The aim of my research is to quantify the ecological impacts of Earthships in comparison to other housing types. Of particular interest is the wall construction methods as this is major component of the house and there are many theories (and myths) about which wall construction methods perform best in terms of energy efficiency and embodied energy. Furthermore there, is very little information available regarding the thermal properties of the Earthship’s rammed earth tyre wall.

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By |June 27th, 2012|

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Live free and comfortable in any climate in an Earthship

By Todd Gunter | April 2012 – Vol 9, No 4

TAOS, New Mexico – Twenty three years ago, while riding bicycles through the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado, I saw my first sustainable home built with cans and used tires. What I didn’t know then was that these homes were called Earthships, and they were being built all over the world and had been since the early 1970s. Earthships got their start in Taos New Mexico, designed and built by architect Michael Reynolds. Simply put by the earthship creator, the earthship is “a radically sustainable green building made with recycled materials.”

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By |April 2nd, 2012|

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