(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
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
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
|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,
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.
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.
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...