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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. 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

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Touch the Earth Ranch Frequently Asked Questions Q. Do you design “Earthships”? A. Earthship® is a Registered Trademark, owned and enforced by Michael Reynolds who did popularize the name and the usage of rammed-earth-tires as thermal mass walls in a passive solar application. I have no affiliation with Michael Reynolds, Solar Survival Architecture, Inc., nor any of his/it's affiliates.

Blue hour - Wikipedia Praia da Ursa, Sintra, Portugal. A blue hour seascape seen in wide angle The illuminated mining lamp memorial in Moers during the blue hour The blue hour (from La hora azul, in Spanish, or L'Heure Bleue in French) is the period of twilight early in the dawn each morning and late dusk each evening when the sun is at a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. This effect is caused by the relative diffusibility of short blue wavelengths of light versus the longer red wavelengths. During the blue "hour" (typically the period is about 40 minutes in length), red light passes straight into space while blue light is scattered in the atmosphere and therefore reaches the earth's surface.

Earthship360 Earthships can be built in any part of the world, in any climate and still provide electricity, potable water, contained sewage treatment and sustainable food production. Earthships are thermal mass homes first, passive solar homes second. Meaning: Whatever temperature goes into an Earthship, it will hold… and since it is also a Passive Solar House, it is also very tight and interacts only with the sun and the earth for heating and cooling, providing stable comfort year round in any climate. This results in being able to provide a sustainable home on property that may not be situated to the ideal of 13.5 degrees east of south. 1) Thermal/Solar Heating & Cooling Earthships maintain comfortable temperatures in any climate.

Frequently Asked Questions by Underground Home builder, Davis Caves Illnois For example, according to the same study, the temperature of the earth during the summer is much higher at the surface than at greater depths. Thus, an earth sheltered home...particularyly one constructed of 100% reinforced concrete with the highest quality rebar, as in a Davis Cave home...will net much more energy savings due to moderate earth temperatures than an earth bermed home with a conventional roof. Q: Can we expect good air circulation in a Davis Caves earth sheltered home? A: Of course! Davis Caves Construction is proud to be working with national experts in designing air circulation systems exclusively for our earth sheltered homes. These unique systems can be set up manually or automatically providing abundant year round fresh air without significant energy loss.

Rainwater and Water Conservation Books and Films Water Books, Magazines and Films NEW - YOUR WATER FOOTPRINT by Stephen Leahy Water science is continually moving forward at a faster and faster pace these days. "Earthship Biotecture" on Guests Michael Reynolds creator of radically sustainable living options through a process called "Earthship Biotecture." This is viewer supported news Rammed Earth Works Building from the Watershed One of the primal attractions to building with earth is harvesting raw materials from the construction site itself. In the old days (pre-industrial revolution), that was always the case. Soil dug from the foundation trenches or from a nearby borrow pit was either molded into sun-dried bricks… What is Rammed Earth? Green wall - Wikipedia For the professional gaming team nicknamed "The Green Wall", see OpTic Gaming. For the project against the natural expansion of the Gobi Desert, see Green Wall of China. A green wall is a wall partially or completely covered with greenery that includes a growing medium, such as soil. Most green walls also feature an integrated water delivery system.

Touch the Earth Ranch Our Tire-House Story We started in 1989, by wanting to build an earth-friendly house in which to retire. We had inherited the property, now we needed the house. I had started the drawings for a one-fifth sphere geodesic dome with a bermed wall on the north side, very similar in function to an "Earthship", and when the tire idea came by way of a friend who loaned us the "Earthship" book, we both loved it.