background preloader

Earthship

Facebook Twitter

The Valhalla Movement. Earthships - Evolutions. It all started in the late sixties begin seventies of last century.

Earthships - Evolutions

A young architect Michael Reynolds was concerned with all the waste being produced and the ongoing oil crisis of those days. He first started experimenting building with cans. He later added tires rammed with earth as a new building block. This technique was not new since there are pictures of these kind of walls built by farmers in the US dating back to 19351. Thermal mass and passive solar housing was a movement that was ongoing in the USA of the seventies, and still is. Earthship Biotecture Green Buildings. Earthships 101 part II. Earthships 101 part I. Earthships 101 part I. Building An Earthship In 10 Minutes.

Valhalla’s Earthship Inspired Greenhouse This year I had the privilege to be part of Valhalla’s Earthship Inspired Greenhouse.

Building An Earthship In 10 Minutes

It truly lived up to its name, and it was indeed a greenhouse made up of Earthship elements, but more importantly, IT WAS INSPIRING. So many problems seem to plaguing our world, and yet the solutions remain exceedingly simple. What I learned transcends anything that could have been taught in a classroom, or through a book. This lesson was experienced. These are clips from the 10 videos made during the greenhouse build. This is an Earthship in 10 Minutes I stood in awe as the community came together on this project. Our Collective Problems American discharge 220,000,000 car tires every year.. We’ve became real close with local garages, who needed someone to unload their used tires on. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours More than 25 percent of U.S. students fail to graduate high school in four years Our Mission Visit GreenSeed.

Earthship. South and East view of an Earthship passive solar home Earthship typical floorplan Earthships are primarily designed to work as autonomous buildings using thermal mass construction and natural cross ventilation assisted by thermal draught (Stack effect) to regulate indoor temperature.

Earthship

Earthships are generally off-the-grid homes, minimizing their reliance on public utilities and fossil fuels. Earthships are built to utilize the available local resources, especially energy from the sun. For example, windows on sun-facing walls admit lighting and heating, and the buildings are often horseshoe-shaped to maximize natural light and solar-gain during winter months. History[edit] Michael Reynolds' first building, the Thumb House.

A building being built of cans in the 1970s The design used with most earthships. Eventually, Reynolds' vision took the form of the common U-shaped earth-filled tire homes seen today. Systems[edit] Water[edit] Collection[edit] A domestic rainwater harvesting system. How to Build an Earthship. How to Build an Earthship: Step-by-Step Slideshow (Video) Image credit: EarthshipkirstAppalachian Gothic architecture made from recycled pallet wood is by no means the only DIY housing option using reclaimed materials.

How to Build an Earthship: Step-by-Step Slideshow (Video)

In fact, TreeHugger has featured countless posts on "earthships"—self-sufficient passive solar homes built from old tires, cans, mud and concrete. From Justin's introduction to the earthship concept, via Kristin's post on the first earthship in Nicaragua, to Lloyd's coverage of earthships landing in Britain, these low-impact dwellings have spread far and wide from their birth-place in New Mexico. But how do you actually build one? Living off the Grid - Earthships. An Earthship is a type of passive solar house made of natural and recycled materials (such as earth-filled tires), designed and marketed by Earthship Biotecture of Taos, New Mexico.

Living off the Grid - Earthships

The term is a registered trademark of Michael Reynolds. Earthships are primarily designed to work as autonomous buildings using thermal mass construction and natural cross ventilation assisted by thermal draught (Stack effect) to regulate indoor temperature. Earthships are generally off-the-grid homes, minimizing their reliance on public utilities and fossil fuels. Earthships are built to utilize the available local resources, especially energy from the sun. For example, windows on sun-facing walls admit lighting and heating, and the buildings are often horseshoe-shaped to maximize natural light and solar-gain during winter months. Internal walls are usually thickly plastered with adobe.

Michael Reynolds' first building, the Thumb House. The Earthship as it exists today, began to take shape in the 1970s. Earthship Homes Made of Recycled Tyres. People have become more and more aware of the fact that we can’t keep wasting all the natural resources of Mother Earth because in the end they will be gone, so we must start looking for some other materials to use or, even better, to start re-using and recycling the ones we already have.

Earthship Homes Made of Recycled Tyres

Codes and Laws. Now you must evaluate the reception that you got to your initial presentation of the concept.

Codes and Laws

You determine the scope of your initial project based on this reception. If it was overwhelmingly good, you could present a reasonable sized simple "by the book Earthship" as your project that you are requesting a permit for. If the reception was somewhat skeptical then you reduce the scope of what you are asking for. The point is to not ask for too much at first. Under the worst circumstances, you may only want to ask for a demonstration - permit for one room.