Structures
(all photos shown here are for example purposes)


   Our homes and the majority of other structures in the communities will be built using the Earthship style. These are 100% sustainable homes that are relatively inexpensive to build and very pleasant to live in. They offer amenities like no other sustainable building style you have come across.

   
Sustainable does not mean primitive

    When people hear about sustainable, off-the-grid living, they usually picture primitive homes divorced from the comforts of the 21st century. Potentially rightfully so, as many sustainable solutions proposed until now have fit that description. Our homes, however, can offer all of the comforts of modern homes and more. We feel that it's important to maintain most amenities that people are used to, in order to maintain a community that is attractive to all types of people.







Grow your own food


   
Each home can be outfitted with one or two greenhouses that grow crops year-round, no matter the climate. This means you can feed yourself with the plants growing inside of your house. You could also choose to build a fish pond and/or chicken coop into your Earthship for a constant source of meat and eggs. Food varieties will also be available from the Transition-Kitchen, which is other communally raised food from the community property.




Efficient Water Recycling

    Even the most arid of climates can provide enough water for daily use through only a rain-harvesting system. The entire roof of the Earthship funnels rain water to a cistern or often more simply, wells would commonly be used. The water is pumped to sinks and showers when needed. That used ‘grey water’ is then pumped into the greenhouse to water the plants. After being cleaned by the plants, the water is pumped up into the bathrooms for use in the toilets. After being flushed, the now ‘black water’ is pumped to the exterior garden to give nutrients to non-edible plants.



Heating & Cooling

    One of the most amazing features of this style of building is their ability to sustain comfortable temperatures year-round. Even in freezing cold or blistering hot climates, homes hover around 70 Fahrenheight (22 Celsius).

This phenomenon results from the solar heat being absorbed and stored by ‘thermal mass’ — or tires filled with dirt, which make up the structure of the Earthship. The thermal mass acts as a heat sink, releasing or absorbing heat when the interior cools or heats up, respectively.

The large greenhouse windows at the front of the house sometimes face south to allow the sun to heat up the thermal mass more (if necessary for the climate) throughout the daytime.



Sustainable Energy

    Solar panels on the roof and optional wind turbines provide the Earthship with all of the power it needs. With very reasonable moderation, you’ll never be short of power.



Building Materials


    If there’s one thing we’re not short of on Earth, it’s used tires! There are tire dumps like the one pictured here in every country in the world. Tires can take up to 2000 years to decompose in a landfill! There are even places that will pay you by the tire to take them away. Smaller walls use cans/bottles as cost-free space fillers.




Think different & Be the change

    One of the most powerful things about this concept is that it shows people how to think differently about the way we live. If housing can be this comfortable and be beneficial to the environment, then what else can we change? What else can become more simple, more environmental yet better at the same time?

It’s time for us to re-think much of what we consider normal...