Each year, nearly 300 million tires are disposed of in the U.S. alone. The EPA estimates that markets exist for approximately 80 percent of those tires, leaving an estimated 60 million scrap tires to be stockpiled or landfilled.
Luckily, the market for scrap tires continues to increase. Whether used as fuel, ground and recycled into new products, retreaded or used in civil engineering projects, their rate of recycling and reuse continues to climb.
One such method of reuse is beginning to gain popularity among eco-friendly builders: building with tires.
How would you like to live in a house with no electric bills, no air conditioning, no heating units and still be perfectly comfortable in the coldest winter or the hottest summer? If you answered yes then the house you want to live in is an Earthship (http://www.earthship.com/). Earthships are radically sustainable buildings made with recycled materials.
On February 9, 2013, Bonzai Homesteads in collaboration with Village of Arts & Humanities (http://www.villagearts.org/) and PhillyEarth (http://phillyearth.org) will be presenting a workshop to teach you the very basics of building your own. What we’re going to show you is innovative, and certainly is different… It takes a problem and makes it an asset.
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Colin Jenkinson says he and his fellow crew members have become pretty adept at scavenging used tires for building walls on Earthships. For years, crews would scour shops or backyards looking for tires, and haul them to the Earthship community west of the Río Grande Gorge.
A pending agreement with Taos County could make getting used tires much easier, while at the same time saving taxpayers the cost of getting rid of them.
The county has proposed a contract under which the Solid Waste Department would take used tires from its collection sites and deliver them directly to the Earthship community. The goal is to reduce tipping fees at the regional landfill, and cut the time and cost of having to slit and bale tires.
“It’s ideal,” says architect Mike Reynolds, creator of the Earthship concept and founder of Earthship Biotecture.
from Earthship Chile
I’m from Chile two weeks ago we had an earthquake of 6/7 richter, our tire wall stand without problems and our wall is just tires no concrete on it … enough evidence for me that Earthships are earthquake-proof .
Sorry about my English not mi native language hope you understand.
Greetings from Chile.
the Primary Building Block: Provides the major structure and performance of the earthship. These building blocks are arranged to form the main load-bearing walls of the building. This building block is an automobile tire rammed with packed earth. Another way to describe it is rammed earth encased in steel belted rubber.
Brief overview from the field about battering tires in a wall made of rammed earth encased in recycled steel belted rubber, aka: ‘tire walls.’
Join Earthship Biotecture creators Michael and Jonah Reynolds with the team at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens on their first Earthship tyre pounding and the beginning of a demonstration wall. Learn and assist in this simple yet revolutionary construction method which is specific to Earthship buildings–pounding tyres to form a durable thermal mass wall. All people with a genuine interest are encouraged to attend this workshop.