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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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Earthship Biotecture Disaster Relief earthship.com/disaster-relief
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 email@example.com (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
By STEVE RYPKA
I tend to take a pragmatic approach to life. I suppose that's why I'm so enamored with the idea of green living. It is a sensible practice that addresses most of the primary issues of our time. Everything from health, comfort, economics, environment and happiness can be optimized using an integrative approach that adds balance and perspective to our life experience.
The concept of integrative design is powerful, whether applied to one's life choices or to the built environment, since it often mimics natural processes that leave no options off the table and allows ideas to flourish outside of normally accepted standards. One of the best examples of using integrative design lies in the Earthship, a concept of architect Michael Reynolds, who has spent 35 years researching and developing self-sufficient housing made from recycled materials.
Monday September 24th: New Solutions Canadian Premiere Screening
Palace Theatre, London-Ontario, Canada
Tickets: $12 /adult
$5/children 12 and under
Tickets available through: www.palacetheatre.ca
A portion of the ticket sales proceeds will got to Guatemala project.
Successful 1 day workshop completed at the recently created Murrindindi Farm on the outskirts of Sydney with 20 odd participants from all walks of life and with a variety of skills and interests participating. The idea was to create a new circular seating area for future permaculture workshops on the land using recycled materials and as an introductory 'fundamentals' workshop in the design and practicalities of Earthship Biotecture building design.
Hopefully all who attended had an enjoyable and fulfilling day, as it was mostly a hands on busy action-packed workshop with a load of new skills and tricks learn in how to use the waste products of today and transform them into practical building solutions for tomorrow.
This is a 2 story, 2000 sq/ft home being built just outside of Saint John, New Brunswick into a south sloping rock cliff. It is the first home in NB to have a structural engineered sanctioned and stamped tire wall, it is also the first house to have a collected potable rainwater and a signed off indoor grey water system from the department of heath. The home will also feature a certified composting toilet called the phoenix (http://www.compostingtoilet.com/).
This is the 3rd and final week with the Earthship Biotecture crew from New Mexico and all of the wonderful apprentices. I'm pretty sad that it will be over in a week... the camaraderie, teamwork, fun times, and the speed of our house being worked on! I'll try to enjoy and take in every moment this week!
A lot is happening inside now, as the roof and berm are finished. A few people are finishing off the entryway (plastering) and a group of people are concentrating on the back doorway, where we're having a patio. Inside, there is still a lot of pipes and tubes for plumbing being placed, and the can walls are rising!
We're now at Day 9 out of the 18 workdays we'll have the crew and apprentices. Halfway! Yet we are about a week ahead of schedule because everyone here is working so hard, so well together, and really knows what they're doing. Plus Chad and I work until after 9:00pm making sure everything is ready for the next workday. The house looks so cool when you drive by us, and all of the little exterior details are getting finished before everybody moves inside! Today the interior glass went in, more parts of the roof boxes were flashed, the wing tire walls were packed out, the thermal wrap met the roof, and the outside of the stem wall got insulated. The back two doorways were added, and we started the bottle work around these. Kelley finished the bottle work around that front circular window, and it looks so beautiful. Inside, more footers were dug, and the other two bedrooms were strung up. Chad and Lou bought a lot of plumbing parts at Lowes again today. I ended the afternoon with a trip to Chateau Dusseauin Locke, NY, because my new friend Levi said there were a lot of bottles there they could give me. I think I left with around 600! Thanks Levi and Robert!
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Today we chipped away at more plumbing inside the house, more digging of wall and doorway footers, and finishing screwing the roofing and fastening the flashing to the ventilation boxes. I was really excited when they started opening the boxes of our greenhouse slanted glass! Brian, Nick, Osmany, Rob, Smiley and maybe more that I didn't see carried over and installed all of our exterior glass today! It looks more and more like a house every day!
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