Island Earthship Build: Week 2. Day 9. ‘Vigas, Beer and Cupcakes’

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Tuesday May 31, on the Gulf Island Earthship Build:

Unrolling the EPDM for the back berm before the Vigas get put on the Earthship roof , 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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Before the Vigas can be put on the main house Earthship, EPDM has to be laid out on the back Tire Wall, and extend out over the back Berm which has already been insulated with a Thermal Wrap.

Rolling EPDM on Earthship back berm , 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

This black rubber Pond Liner material is heavy, and care needs to be taken that it doesn’t get punctured in the process.

Rolling EPDM for Earthship back berm , 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 HomeEPDM on Earthship back berm , 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

Side view and back view of EPDM along the back Tire Wall of the main house Earthship.

Securing EPDM between Treks for Earthship berm , 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 HomeOnce the EPDM is in place, it’s secured between two layers of ‘Trek’ Boards.

Navigating the Vigas to the Earthship roof , 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 HomeLoading the Vigas onto main house 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

Interns are cleared out of the area while Earthship Biotecture’s crew navigate the heavy Vigas onto the roof of the main house Earthship.

Rolling out the Vigas on Main House Earthship roof , 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 HomeRolling out Earthship roof Viga , 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

Rolling out the Vigas along the angled roofline takes skill and strength to keep them under control.

Rolling on the Earthship roof Vigas , 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

It also takes balance to stay on the main roof Beams while rolling out the Vigas.

Vigas in place on Earthship roof , 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 HomeOnce in place, the Vigas give the Earthship the look and feel of a solid structure.

Closing the gap on Studio Earthship with a 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 HomeCutting the rebar lengths for the 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

Meanwhile the gap in the smaller Studio Earthship is closed with a can wall, and rebar is cut into spikes for the Vigas to be secured into place.

End of the work day beer on an 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 HomeEnd of the workday treats on an 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

End of the workday Beer and Cupcakes go a long way keeping Volunteer Interns motivated for the next day… however we’re just ecstatic we had a day with no rain!

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Image Credits: Monica Holy

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  1. Pingback: 'My Survivor, Island Earthship' Build with Michael Reynolds In BC, Canada, A 5 Week Photo Journal by Monica Holy BC, Canada A 5 Week Photo Journal by Monica Holy Image Credits: Monica Holy | Middle Earth Home

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