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Ultra-sustainable ‘earthship’ built in Alberta

from canadiangeographic.ca

There’s sustainable housing, and then there’s sustainable housing. The Kinney family in Southern Alberta is living the latter, in what can only be described as the MacGyver of net-zero homes.

Last summer more than 30 volunteers from around the world and a hired crew of 13 people from New Mexico helped the Kinneys build what is known as an ‘earthship’. This self-sustaining, eco-friendly home is the brainchild of Earthship Biotecture Founder and Principal Architect, Mike Reynolds. It is an off-grid living structure made primarily out of recycled materials like empty beer cans, old tires and used glass bottles. Read More

How We Built Our Earthship, an Off-grid Prairie Home

It took five weeks and one volunteer army to rise this radically sustainable Alberta dwelling.

By Duncan Kinney, 30 Jan 2015, TheTyee.ca

When you tell people you’re building an Earthship, there are two stock responses. First there are the believers. These are the people who’ve watched Garbage Warrior, twice. They want to talk design and permits and timelines. They’re into it. The other stock response is an incredulous repeating of the word back to you with a question mark attached. Earthship? Read More

Earthship Conference with Michael Reynolds

The genius behind Earthships, Michael Reynolds, is speaking at our conference in Montreal on June 15th & 16th.

On the first day, Michael will speak about the world’s must affordable, energy efficient and sustainable homes in the world, at the Sheraton Hotel. From 9AM to 5PM

On the second day, a bus will bring everyone to the Valhalla land for some hands-on experience to build Earthships. From 9AM to 1PM

In order to keep tickets as affordable as possible (It’s the cheapest Michael Reynolds event in years!!), we didn’t include accommodations or lunch for the event.

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British Columbia Earthship for Sale

Huge Price Reduction! 160 acre, private lake, Earthship home for sale in Chilcotin area, British Columbia.$375,000

Must Sell: Price Reduced from $575,000! Will show comparable properties & how great a deal this is.

Details: http://www.off-grid.net/classifieds/2013/01/huge-price-reduction-160-acre-private-lake-earthship-home-for-sale/

Chilcotin BC Earthship

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Earthships Invade Canada

With the reelection of Barack Obama, Canadians won’t have to fend off an invasion of disgruntled American liberals any time soon. But the Earthship invasion of our neighbor to the north, it seems, is already in full swing.

This deep-green, low-tech brand of building — which originated in UFO-prone New Mexico — makes extensive use of earth-packed tires as building blocks, along with various other forms of refuse and natural materials. It is the brainchild of architect  Michael Reynolds, who characterizes it as a “radically sustainable” method of home building. The Earthship method incorporates about 45 percent recycled materials, and relies largely on the sun for heat.

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Manitoba Earthship – September Update

from the Manitoba Earthship Project   A friend reminded me recently that our website could use a little updating – and so here I will attempt an update on the highlights from August – September in one post with a promise to improve my posting skills in the future. First let me say that we (Kris & Nicole) have experienced the best and most busy summer of our lives. Building your own Earthship is wild – tons of work, research, planning, debating, checking & double-checking, and crossing of fingers. I would only recommend doing this yourself if everyone who will live in the home is fully committed, on the same page, and ready for some sacrifice.

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The 55K, 2,900-square foot, eco-friendly home – with no electricity bills

DAVE McGINN – The Globe and Mail

To build their dream home on a patch of farmland in Southern Ontario, Craig and Connie Cook had to source 1,200 old tires. Packed with dirt, they are the bricks of their “earthship” – an off-the-grid home made of recycled materials, in which the main source of heat is the sun.

Earthships are the brainchild of Michael Reynolds, a New Mexico-based architect and the founder of Earthship Biotecture, a company that designs and builds homes constructed with about 45-per-cent reused materials, including plastic and glass bottles, cans, reclaimed wood, natural plaster and stone, and reclaimed metal from washing machines and refrigerators.

Canada Earthships

There are dozens of such homes in Canada, where the concept has seen a surge following a 2007 documentary about Reynolds called Garbage Warrior. The movie helped popularize Earthships, which appeal to many for both environmental and economic reasons.

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10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are F!#%ing Awesome

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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Toronto Earthship Event Feedback

Toronto Earthship Event

michael reynoldsOn behalf of Michael and Jonah Reynolds, we would like to offer our sincerest appreciation to everyone who attended the Earthship Biotecture Seminar in Toronto. (click for details)

It took a lot of planning and logistics to make it happen there… and I heard that all of you showed up enthusiastic and excited!

Thank you Toronto, Canada!!

We would love your feedback! So please feel free to email me anytime with suggestions, ideas, comments, questions, etc…

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Travel America: Luxury rental home in New Mexico is off the map, and the grid

TAOS, NEW MEXICO—Ecotourism isn’t always as green as it claims to be. The trend has become so popular that many hoteliers are charging more buck for less bang. It can be hard to find the forest for the trees.

But the real deal can still be found. At the Greater World Community in New Mexico, you can actually find a forest inside the kitchen of a luxurious rental home.

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Earthship Phoenix

Jonah Reynolds takes the Star on a tour of a 3 bedroom earthship in Taos, New Mexico. The earthship can be rented nightly and allows guests to experience and understand what it is like to be in an off-grid home.

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