Island Earthship Build: Week 4. Day 24. ‘Vent Boxes, Structolite, and Retaining Walls

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Wednesday June 15, on the Gulf Island Earthship Build:

Main house Gulf island Earthship  , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

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Here’s an overview of the Main House 3 bedroom Earthship.

Cement mixing on the Gulf Island Earthship build  , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Hats off to the crew of interns constantly keeping the rest of us supplied with the ongoing demand for the various batches of cement needed for this stretch of the build.

Earthship interns on the Gulf Island build , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Other interns are getting their fair share of all the other construction needs on site.

Prepping the exterior box on the Earthship cooling tube , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Outside the Studio Earthship, the cooling tubes are finished off with boxed screens.

Adding rocks to the exterior box on the Earthship cooling tube , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeFinished exterior Earthship cooling tube , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Rocks are added around to create stability.

Counter weights on vent box for interior operation , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Counter weights are added to the vent boxes to enable the rope system inside for opening and closing.

Earthship vent box opened below with counter weights to assist , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

The test from inside the Greenhouse hallway works, and the vent box opens effortlessly.

Earthship roof vent box operated by ropes inside , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Here’s a front view, and you can see the two ropes hanging down.

Main house Earthship overview day 24 , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Here’s an overview of the main house Earthship, from the West side. You can see the retaining tire wall started, between the main Earthship west entrance, and the Studio Earthship back Earth berm.

Main Earthship East entrance can wall with rebar , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeMain Earthship East entrance can wall, , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

On the East wall the rebar support for the double can wall is started.

Main house Earthship unfinished bedroom , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Here’s a bedroom that still has a ways to go… with a cement pour, and walls that need finishing.

Main house Earthship bedroom before Structolite  , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Here’s a bedroom that’s been plastered and prepped for the final finish.

Main Eartship house bedroom with Structolite on walls  , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Here’s a bedroom that’s been finished with a final coat of Structolite.

Group of Earthship interns on their last day , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Another group of interns are leaving… Coda, Kevin (on last year’s Lone Butte build), Adrian, and Miles from British Columbia…

Eartship intern last day , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

… and Adam, a Naturopath from Ontario.

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Image Credits: Monica Holy

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