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". . . the Earthship is the epitome of sustainable design and construction. No part of sustainable living has been ignored in this ingenious building."
To specifically design and build homes that ...
To evolve the way humans live on this planet by evolving existing methods of living, home by home.
To make small, believable steps toward slowing down and ultimately reversing the negative impact of human development as it relates to the Earth’s ability to continue to support life.
To present these steps in a way that affords easy understanding and inspires people to act.
To empower people to make positive changes in their own lives to reduce their personal carbon footprint.
"If all the soldiers in all the armies in all the world put down their weapons and picked up tools and started building sustainable, carbon zero housing for all the people of the world our problems would be over and real life for all people would begin."
- Michael Reynolds
- Czech Republic
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All housing becomes permanent regardless. People live in it until it falls apart even if it was meant to be temporary.
The Haiti Earthship Project is a permanent, sustainable structure that takes care of the people (clean water, sanitary sewage treatment) and requires very few skills which are easy to acquire. The local people can replicate these buildings and systems.
We do not want people to become dependant on products that we make or any country makes. We want people to be empowered by the ability to create sustenance for themselves, and in doing so, create employment, jobs and a mini-economy. An entire method that is independent of corporations, largely independent of oil and independent of politics.
Its Putting Housing Back into the Hands of the People.
We are bringing the people some technology and demonstrating it. We are bringing a method of living that has taken us over 40 years to develop. We have a few communities using it. We are doing buildings all over the world using this method. We are taking this method of living to Haiti to demonstrate and evolve it toward and with the Haitian people on the level at which Haiti needs it, not taking "developed" world housing and trying to make it work in Haiti.
The key here is that we are
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Haiti Eco Living Project - H.E.L.P.
After we finish up our prototype demonstration Earthship at the Grassroots compound in late January, 2011, we are taking what we learned from that and what we have absorbed from our time spent with the Haitian people and attempting to move forward with project H.E.L.P. - Haiti Eco Living Project. Groups of Earthships the Haitian people can build themselves that are absolutely sustainable. These Earthships are built using materials found in and around Port-Au-Prince.
Each Earthship for Haiti houses 32 people in eight groups of four people each with eight flush toilets. This provides quick and strong housing with sanitary and healthy systems. Food production and food preparation are designed in with solar ovens. A small solar powered electrical unit powers cell phones, laptops, lights, etc.
These Earthships that house 32 people can be grouped together in many different configurations to provide housing for 256 people in a 240 foot diameter. Group more Earthships and we can house 2,048 people and group even more to house 18,432 people. All sustainable, all within the principles of Earthship Biotecture.
2010 Haiti Earthship Project
Thanks to everyone who helped provide information, connections, advice and donations for the Earthship Biotecture recon visit to Haiti. As it turned out it was much more than a recon visit... we built a building with the help of 40 Haitians from the tent camps - ages 4 to 50.
- We fed them lunch each day for four days and they helped and learned how to build this earthquake resistant and hurricane resistant building made from garbage all sourced within a mile from the build site.
- We went back to add systems to this building, again with their help.
- We managed to get into the heart of the Haitian people who are living in the tent camps.
- We found out what they need and we found out that we can help them provide it for themselves.
- We raised only $7,000 for this trip and it was all used for travel expenses, local accommodations, food, shots, feeding the Haitian build crew and buying materials.
- There were no wages or pay of any kind for the Earthship team - they went for free.
Earthship Biotecture will be teaming up with Long Way Home for a second build in Comalapa, Guatemala. The build will begin on January 21st and run through February 8th, 2013. During the course of the three weeks we will finish a 3U Simple Survival Model Earthship. The house will incorporate adapted versions of all Earthship systems including a bucket shower, 'outlaw' septic, black and grey water systems, a solar electric system and passive heating and cooling. The site is located just below the first Earthship we built for Maria and her family in December of 2011.
We are inviting 50 volunteers to work along side of the Earthship crew and Long Way Home crew. Workshop attendees will experience an affordable start to finish build incorporating all of the Earthship methods and materials.
Updates from the Field:
Giving Back in Guatemala
We are respectfully requesting donations.
Our fundraising goal is: $55,000.
The house will be built for Romeo Apen, his wife and young child. A life-long Comalapa resident, Romeo has worked on the Long Way Home green builders crew since their school construction project started in 2009.
When he joined the team his work background was corn farming; he is now their build team foreman. Romeo has worked along side the Earthship crew on two builds in Guatemala and is enthusiastic about the environmental and economic benefits of alternative construction. He is an ambassador for sustainable housing in his community yet can't afford a sustainable home for himself. He and nine other Comalapan members of the Long Way Home team will be working with us to hone their green building skills so that they can continue to make a difference in a community where 67% of the population lives on less than $2USD/day.
We are very thankful to those who donated to the last Comalapa build. Thanks to you, Maria and her family have broken the circle of poverty. All her kids are in school now and their quality of life has completely changed for the better. As Maria’s daughter so eloquently put it, they are now the architects of their own future!
The cost for this three-week workshop is $1000. Included in this price is 20 nights at a local hotel as well as breakfast every morning at the hotel and lunch on the build site.
Volunteers will be expected to work 15 eight-hour days with weekends off. Transportation to and from Comalapa is not included, although ground transportation from Guatemala City to Comalapa can be arranged by us. 75% of the workshop cost will go directly to materials for Romeo's new home.
Please contact us with this form for more information and to register for this exciting and fulfilling event.
All form submissions are sent to firstname.lastname@example.org (project leader).
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Eric Poxleitner - Architect AIBC MRAIC LEED® AP BD+C... I have over 20 years of practicing here in Canada and approx. 10 of those years in dealing with 'stick-handling' (to use a very canadian term) through local and municipal 'stuff' in BC, so that if anyone who has a vision or are interested in building 'earthships' in Western Canada, and might need any help in addressing issues related to local reg's etc. (as best as I can…) I would be more than happy to connect or network with yourselves to assist on that level if that is helpful.
MALLENGOWINGBERZINS | MGBA.ca
Welcome to the Mexico Earthship Network.
This site is meant to be a resource for people interested in living sustainably in Mexico.
Get your Earthship built in Mexico. Local contact:
Anna Sorrentino Ambrosi
We are Sentido Contrario, we are situated In Todos Santos, Baja California sur.
Our Mission is to research, design and construct sustainable, economic and functional living solutions and our VISION is realizing dreams proposing solutions and promoting awarness.
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Earthship Biotecture: El arte de vivier sin combustibles fosiles. Viviendas de emisiones cero.
At the Centro Metropolitano de Diseño on February 7th at 17:00 hrs.
Centro Metropolitano de Diseño
Algarrobo 1041 (C1293ABA)
Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Pima County's first Earthship is "landing" in southwest Tucson, Arizona!! This amazing structure is being built from recycled and indigenous materials such as old car tires, aluminum cans, glass bottles, and the desert southwest's most abundant earthen material - adobe.
This building technique was started back in the 70's by New Mexico architect Michael Reynolds and has grown in popularity and spread worldwide. It was not that long ago that Pima County saw its first straw bale home, and now - almost 40 years after its advent - Pima County will see its first Earthship, and the timing couldn't be better.
from planetgreen.com | Rennovation Nation
A brief look at the building, operation and cost of Earthships:
Construction: Used tires are packed with dirt and stacked on steel reinforcing rods to form exteriors. Aluminum cans are tucked between the tires and the entire walls are coated with mixed mud and straw. Interior walls are made of cement and glass bottles.
Water: Water is collected from rainfall on the roof, stored in 3,000-gallon cisterns and passed through filters before coming out to sinks and showers. The water then drains through an interior garden, is pumped back through toilets and then flushes (as sewage) into outdoor gardens that leach out waste.
Electricity: Power is generated by rooftop solar panels and windmills. Electricity is captured in batteries that must have water added to them about once a month. An Earthship office can run six computers, fax machines, copiers and more with solar- and wind-generated power. Homeowners say cloudy days mean less power, and they time their vacuuming accordingly.
New Zealand puts 3.4 million tyres into landfills every year
More than $130,000 is being given to a product recycling organisation to research the options for recycling used tyres.
Environment Minister Nick Smith announced this afternoon that the Product Stewardship Foundation will receive $133,000 “to explore recycling options for used tyres”.
The Product Stewardship Foundation is an organisation which researches ways to reduce the environmental impact of manufactured products.
Dr Smith says the funding will help “identify the best way for New Zealand to recycle and re-use our used tyres”.
Thousands of used Marlborough tyres could end up transformed as sneakers thanks to a new scheme to export tyres to Asia for recycling.
People will pay less to dump old tyres at transfer stations throughout Marlborough under the scheme, a partnership between the Marlborough District Council and a Christchurch-based tyre collection contractor. Scrap Tyre Movements owner Pat Rogers said tyres are exported to Asia in bales and ground down to a powder.
The powder is sold as raw material which is used for anything from roading to shoe soles.
Prior to the scheme, whole tyres could be taken to the landfill for between $5 and $10 per tyre. Alternatively, a tyre could be cut up and deposited within a regular trailer load of rubbish.
[image: Wear this: Marlborough District Council operations and maintenance engineer Stephen Rooney, left, and Scrap Tyre Movements owner Pat Rogers are behind a new tyre recycling scheme]
The South Island's largest city, Christchurch, is a city of warm, friendly people, beautiful gardens and open spaces. It has a lively entertainment scene, strong cultural heritage, lots of sports facilities and good shopping. Christchurch's special character is most obvious in its glorious parks and gardens, which led it to win the International Garden City Award.
With a huge range of recreational activities and attractions on offer visitors can enjoy active or more leisurely pursuits the whole year round.
There is never a dull moment in this very special city. Throughout the year Christchurch proudly celebrates over a dozen festivals with themes covering everything from music to comedy, books to buskers, and the arts to gardens.
The city also plays host to numerous international sporting events each year.
The Christchurch City Council's goal is zero residual disposal of waste to landfill.
A policy of Zero Waste was adopted in December 1998.
Project Build an Earthship in Rural Malawi!
The project, Kapita Earthship Community Centre, is to become a sustainable development epicentre for 38 villages and over 5000 rural people in South East Mzimba district in Malawi. We want to plant the seed of an ideal condition from which a sustainable community can grow and flourish from a radically sustainable building made with recycled materials. With a budget of US$70000, the Kapita Earthship Community Centre is to house a community bank, a mini library, a dispensary, offices and a food bank. Local labour will be wholly volunteered, so no labour costs.
The people living in remotest of Malawi have been building houses from rammed earth and dirt since time immemorial. Recently, Empower Malawi, a local NGO which is coordinating this project introduced the people of Kapita area to principles of permaculture and practices as one way of ensuring true sustainable living and development. We now want to teach the people a more improved, durable, sustainable and radical method of building with rammed earth- building an Earthship the Earthship Biotecture way. This will be the first of its kind in Malawi and the people of Kapita will host this learning process and camp for other locals and internationals willing to learn.
To help the people realise their dream of owning an Earthship, Empower Malawi has partnered with Earthship Biotecture (USA) to help design a most versatile and economical sustainable green building. An Earthship Biotecture team will fly into Malawi to teach the people and together build the green community centre in the second quarter of 2013.
Other additional information.
Kapita/Zatuba is located in the vast but sparsely populated Northern Region district of Mzimba in Malawi. It forms part of the wider south-east Mzimba political constituency. Located between Viphya Forest and Nkhota-kota Game Reserve, Kapita is accessible via a bumpy and filthy earth road which sometimes becomes impassable during the rainy season. The nearest market servicing Kapita is 60kms away while the nearest town is over 120kms where health and financial services are also found. From Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi, Kapita is about 5 hours of continuous driving. Despite Kapita area being endowed with numerous fruits, vegetables and coffee, about 70% of the fruits and vegetables are lost due to lack of market. This has led to the community shifting to the devastating tobacco farming which is losing value on both the national and international market and has already caused great forestry damage. Kapita has huge potential to become a centre of development for the wider south-east Mzimba.
The primary objective of the project is to fight against systemic poverty and climate change through the promotion of sustainable livelihood and household income generation.
• To build a spacious Earthship Community Centre in Zatuba Village- Malawi to house a community bank, a nursery school, a community hall, a dispensary, a library and offices.
• To provide an internship opportunity to local and international individuals willing to acquire skills in sustainable building using the Earthship Biotecture principles
• To set the pace and provide a direction for those who want to promote sustainable housing in Malawi
Impacts on policy/advocacy/sustainability and replicability
The project directly responds to the Millennium Development Goals specifically of alleviating poverty, environmental management and education for all. The project contributes to the government and global fight against climate change by promoting environmental friendly sustainable building to protect the existing forest reserves. It further contributes to the international and governments of Malawi’s efforts in the promotion of alternative and sustainable energy sources other than oil and natural gas.
The sustainability of this project lies in the effective community participation. The project itself is an outcome of a participatory vision workshop. Generated income through the different income generating activities will be fed back into the project. The generated funds will be used for project expansion and maintenance of the centre.
The project managers are Kapita Development Committee (KDC), with help and support of Empower Malawi Limited (Empower Malawi) - a local not for profit organisation registered under the laws of Malawi as an NGO and an initiative of Empower Inc. (Australia), and Earthship Biotecture (USA).
We constructed something amazing yesterday. Reality from a vision.
Our plans for a program of courses, an earthship workshop and an outdoor teaching space came together, meeting the amazing Rachel Goldlust’s burgeoning teaching career in biotecture, and bam!
20 odd punters turned up at our place yesterday at 9am. Bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready to learn and share and build.
I have written an article for ReNew magazine regarding my research on Earthship thermal performance and lifecycle assessment. There is a companion piece to the article which you can read for free here http://renew.org.au/earthships/
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Looking like something Tolkein’s hobbits would reside in, the quirky Earthship homes are in fact some of the greenest kinds of abodes around.
Welcome to bizarro world. Looking like a larger version of a house that one of Tolkein’s hobbits would reside in, Earthships are in fact one of the greenest kinds of houses around.
They’re the brainchild of sustainable architect Mike Reynolds, founder of the Earthship Biotecture company. Designed as a type of passive solar house, Earthships are made primarily of natural materials such as rammed-earth combined with recycled materials, tyres, bottles and cans.
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