Sewage Treatment

green buildingsSource, access and destination.

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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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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Spring, 2013 Academy: grey water planter beds being lined

new global model grey water planter beds being lined – spring academy

By |June 13th, 2013|

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Survival Pod Earthships: Why they are more attainable buildings

The Earthship crew is currently working with Long Way Home in Comalapa, Guatemala building a 3-U Survival Pod Earthship for Romeo Apen and his family.  

The structure for the Survival Pod is more or less the same as the Vaulted Global model Earthship.  However, the systems in place for a Survival Pod Earthship are mainly what differentiates in the affordability and the attainability of these buildings for more people.  The systems are functional, but abbreviated in these structures.

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By |January 30th, 2013|

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Update: Earthship Guatemala Day 5

Continue with cementing the vault and creating the parapet behind the house.  Can walls are going up and trash and glass bottle walls are being formed .  The framing of the south facing windows is about half way completed.  The structure is beginning to be enclosed and looking more and more like a home every day.  

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By |January 28th, 2013|

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Grease and Particle filter: An easy way to retrofit your home creating a grey water planter bed

Here is a basic step-by-step process so that you can take the water from your kitchen or bathroom sink and direct it into an adjacent planter bed to create a grey water planter system. This way you are using the water a second time and it is not wasted but is guided directly to the plants’ root systems.

We began by redirecting the plumbing under the sink so that the water flow would exit outwards into where the planter is located. We then measured the distance from the outlet pipe to the base of the planter space in order to size the reception box that will be added.

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By |January 8th, 2013|

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How to Build the Greywater Planters in an Earthship

Containment, Treatment & Distribution
The concept used for containment, treatment and distribution of sewage-water is based on and draws information from the wetlands concept which has long been used in exterior applications for thousands of years by humans and nature.

The Earthship sewage system differs from the wetlands approach in that it primarily treats the gray […]

By |September 28th, 2012|

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A New Age of Greenhouse Management

The onset of Earthship greenhouses and their necessity as a household utility.
contributed by Jeane Nardone, Michelle Locher & Dan Dynanphoto: Dan Dynan
Earthship structures and the developmental creation of these buildings transcend the typical practice of greenhouse management. These greenhouses fill the gap between greenhouses as a hobby and commercial greenhouses. The onset of Earthship structure transforms greenhouse management from a hobby to practicality. They have advanced themselves into a necessity in these households in order to maintain utilities. This will require a new kind of participation to keep grey water clean, the septic system healthy, to maximize your water usage and for food production. In the Greater World Community, we are constantly trying to create a better, more passive toolbox for what is needed to keep greenhouses healthy – to keep us healthy.

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By |September 18th, 2012|

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Growing food in black water planters for the Earthship homeowner

Spring 2011 I had sown too many seeds to plant in the indoor grey water planters and the suspended food growing buckets. Being a plant lover I could not let the extra starts die, so I planted them in the only other place they would be able to grow out here on the High Desert Mesa, the Visitors Center black water planter. The black water planter is a contained out door botanical cell located between the septic tank and the leach field. Here, black water planters usually have cold hardy ornamentals such as red willows, cold hardy fruit trees such as winter pear and apple, and wild flowers growing, providing a habitat and food source for wild birds and small animals out here on the Mesa.

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By |March 28th, 2012|

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New York City Earthship: Lower East Side: Black Water

SCHEMATIC DEVELOPMENT OF SYSTEMS Ken Ruck | Earthship New York City (This is a bottom line presentation – support data available on request)
Sewage: – Black Water
Black Water is the toilet and kitchen sink because both have solid matter which is dealt with differently than Grey Water.
Black Water is collected up with conventional drainage lines on both floors and delivered to a conventional septic tank arrangement in the yard on the west side of the building. EXHIBIT H
The underground level is below the yard so a pump station/tank will be used to transform and deliver Black Water to the conventional septic tank in the yard.

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By |March 22nd, 2012|

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