Why are 'Earthship' Homes Sustainable?

If you shut off all your mechanical means to cool your home in 105 degree summers, or heat your home in -25 cold winters,how would it fare?

Rammed Earth Tire Dwelling, aka Earthship, image by keetsaEarthship in winter, image by jessicareederEarthship interior planters using Grey Water system, image by marvins dad

Does a house that is self-sustaining (including food production), requiring no outside hookup to utilities/grid for source of water or electricity, and maintaining an average of 73 degrees sound appealing? Add to that, a yearly utility bill of about $100, and you have a Rammed Earth Tire Dwelling, aka an ‘Earthship‘.

Earthship Building Recipe:

About 1000 used tires or so, cob interior walls, cement, solar panels, re-cycled glass bottles and soda cans, glass for an interior green house, re-loved doors and windows, grey water systems, berming into the side of a hill,and oriented south towards the sun…more or less.

For a Full Introduction, read our explanatory article Rammed Earth Tire Dwelling aka Earthships. For detailed construction steps, read our Recent Earthship Articles further on below.

Monica Holy and Nicole Chayka with Michael Reynolds on the Lone Butte, British Columbia Earthship build, 2010, for an article on Alternative Architecture using Passive and Geo Thermal Principles for Natural and Heating and Cooling

May our Workshop Building Adventures, including attending both of Michael Reynolds Earthship builds here in Canada,  both inform and entertain!

Nicole Chayka at the 100 Mile House First Canadian Earthship build with Michael Reynolds 2010, image by Monica HolyPhoto of Monica Holy at the First Canadian Earthship build with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy

Monica’s photos of  Michael Reynolds first Canadian Earthship build in  Lone Butte, BC, last August of 2010 can be seen on Michael Reynold’s Earthship Biotecture site. The build  was a great success.

Blog logo ,for'My Survivor Island Earthship', 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 HomeMonica Holy at the Gulf Island Earthship build with Michael Reynolds, 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 HomeMonica Holy, 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

In the summer of 2011, Monica attended, participated, and photographed the second Earthship build here in Canada off the Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds. Follow Monica’s 5 Week Photo Journal of this Island Earthship Build.

Check out the The First Ever Canadian Earth Home Construction Crew, a family Business headed be Pat and Chuck Potter in Ontario.

Image credits: keetsa, jessicareeder, marvins dad, Monica Holy

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Recent earthship building articles

Earth Home Living’s 2nd Annual ‘Potter Picnic Potluck’

Come Join the Festivities at ‘The Big P3′

Pat and Chuck Potter of Earth Home Living, building Rammed Earth Tire Dwellings aka EarthshipsJustin Hayes, Owner and Operator of Sustainable Engineering and Design

‘Earth Home Living’, is the first Canadian permitted Rammed Earth Tire Dwelling aka Earthship Crew. Pat & Chuck Potter have formed a family business with daughter Pat & Grandson Justin Hayes, Owner and Operator of Sustainable Engineering and Design, to build Permitted Sustainable Homes in Ontario, Canada.

Contact Info:

Justin Hayes
Owner/Operator
Sustainable Engineering and Design
416-899-7726

Earth Home Living’s 2nd Annual ‘Potter Picnic Potluck’:

Potter Earth Home in Summer, aka Rammed Earth Tire Dwelling, or EarthshipThe Potter EARTH HOME In Winter aka rammed earth tire dwelling, earthship, sustainable home, middle earth home
If you’ve built an Earthship or if you simply want to build one -this is the networking event of the summer.

Bring the kids and a tasty something-something to the 2nd Annual Potter Picnic Potluck.  We call it the big P3 for short.

Where: Limerick Community Center #175- Hwy 620 in Gilmore, Ontario
When: July 17th, 2011 from 10am-4pm
What: Picnic and Networking event for Earthship lovers
Why: To meet each other and the first Canadian earth ship construction crew
How: $5 admission fee requested to offset the rental of the community center for the day

Also there are $5 tables available to rent if you should want to sell your wares be it organic produce to bees wax. Think of this as an impromptu farmer’s market with a band.

Pat Potter explaining the one-bedroom design for an Earthhome aka Earthship

Please call Pat Potter to RSVP the event at 416-899-7726.

The Potters will be off the clock that day (no home tours) but look  forward to sharing an informal and fun day socializing with you and your
family.

Bring the kids and baseball gloves as there is a baseball diamond and fun to be had.  Rain or shine the event goes on.

From our family to yours we look forward to seeing you.

Middle Earth Home graphic for website

Image Credits: Justin Hayes

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Earth Home Living: Building A Sustainable Solution

‘Earth Home Living’, is the first Canadian permitted Rammed Earth Tire Dwelling aka Earthship Crew. Pat & Chuck Potter have formed a family business with daughter Pat & Grandson Justin to build permitted Sustainable Homes in Ontario, Canada. Their projects will lead them across Canada, spreading the awareness of living a Green, sustainable lifestyle and implementing a Zero Carbon footprint. You can reach them at …

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Measurement for an Earthship’s Battered Retaining Wall

Just as each row must be measured tire to tire to make sure it remains level from end to end; so too does the wall need to be measured from the ground up to the top, and backwards. In the latest style of Earthship (the Global Model) the retaining walls would stagger or ‘batter’ on…

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Creating a ‘Half Tire’ for an Earthship Tire Wall

Using ‘Half Tires’ to Fill Odd Spaces in a Rammed Earth Tire Wall: There is more than one way to skin a cat and several ways to approach a half tire. (my cat Mist is deeply offended that I even went there with that feline crack, however she’s been shredding the fabric on my chairs…

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How to Pound a Tire for an Earthship Home

Pounding Tires for a Rammed Earth Tire Wall: Pounding a Tire…oh what fun! Ok-Ok I’m being sarcastic but only because I have a few lower back challenges so bending over at a 45 degree angle makes my chiropractor really upset with me. It is fun on the first go, but by the time you get…

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Leveling the First Tire Row for an Earthship

Sighting and Trenching a Level Foundation for the First Row of Tires: The hole is dug, the dirt is piled off to the side and you are ready to lay down your first course of tires, right? Psych! No not yet. One small but infinitely important step is to ‘sight’ your foundation from the east…

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Excavating the Foundation for an Earthship Home

Excavating the Foundation to the Frost Line: Depending on where you live you will have a choice of building above ground and berming your home (in say rocky terrain where you can’t dig down unless you blast it) or below the surface. Excavating your foundation just below the frost line is preferable by far in…

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Where B.C. Hobbits, a Publishing Guru and Earthship Mentors Meet

Frodo (Monica) and I (just call me Sam) went all the way to L.A. to attend a book publishing seminar by ‘the man’ (Mark Victor Hansen) and guess what? One week later we had a literary agent out of Chicago to represent us. One year later a publisher picked us up, and ten months after…

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Rammed Earth Tire Dwellings, aka Earthships

If you shut off all your mechanical means to heat your home in the winter time at say -25 below, would you find it mildly chilly or would it be completely uninhabitable? Earthships, created by Michael Reynolds, are brilliant, and we intend to build one. It is considered to be a sustainable structure. An Earthship is a structure that needs no foundation to hold it up and is placed directly on the ground to take advantage of Geo Thermal principles. The glass wall of the greenhouse stretches along the entire east/west side of the house which is oriented towards the southern sky. This allows sunlight to enter the structure all day where the planters can benefit, and the substantial thermal mass collects, stores and releases the heat of the day slowly at night when most needed.

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