I have been doing alot of research and networking recently to look at the Earth building industry in Australia and inspect the industry to see where and how Earthships will fit into the marketplace. As a town planner and graduate of the Academy I am trying to find myself a living developing Earthship consultation, training, information sessions, workshops and providing the planning process for projects across this big and diverse climate.
As you may or may not have found out there are no completed permitted global model Earthships in Australia that demonstrate the entire range and capacity of the Earthships seen in Taos and in other parts of the world. It is archaic and makes me ill (even as a town planner) at the amount of regulations there are to prevent us from moving towards what is really a conscious choice, not a half-thought out and cheap short-cut. Regulations are there to protect society and standardise it. I understand this, but are they now becoming a tool for bureacrats to use to wave the red flag infront of change and efficiency. If someone wants to collect rainwater to use for non-drinking purposes, what has it got to do with regulators.. I mean seriously? nanny state we are.
So aside from that little rant I thought Id post up some of the resources I have been collecting which may be useful to others as we go down the road together towards ultimate (not tokenistic) sustainability.
Note some of these are not only Australian-situation relevant.. I have been looking far and wide at examples others are doing and dealing with in their countries for comparison and inspiration. As Mike Reynolds says, when life throws you lemons, make lemonade.. hence we are going to have to be 'creative' to get these amazing structures up and running in this country.
Earthship specific resources
http://earthship.co.nz/ - Our buddies over the ocean are doing it better than us at the moment in terms of finished projects
Melbourne Based Daniel Hogan earthship designs - http://www.themeski.com.au/
Sustainable technology industry, associations, forums & research papers
ATA - http://www.ata.org.au/projects-and-advocacy/
EBAA - http://www.ebaa.asn.au/links.html#osbt
GBCA - http://www.gbca.org.au/
General earth building resources and examples:
http://www.greenhomebuilding.com/QandA/cob/structural.htm -- where you can find a wide range of information about sustainable architecture and natural building.
Sustainable living blogs/articles/organisations