Tag Archive: Sustainable Structure

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

Wednesday June 15, on the Gulf Island Earthship Build: …Previous Post Here’s an overview of the Main House 3 bedroom Earthship. 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. Other interns are…

Island Earthship Build: Week 4. Day 23. ‘Studio Earthship Overview, Doorway Airlocks’

The East side entrance to the Studio Earthship needs to be plastered… and inside the Greenhouse Hallway planter is almost filled… Crew are continually teaching and giving instruction to interns… The chimney style can wall on the East side is coming along nicely… I’ve been working with crew on the main house Earthship ‘airlock’ doorways. These need to have insulation board inside a double can wall. This can be a lot of ‘fernickity’ work around switch plates…

Island Earthship Build: Week 4. Day 22. ‘Structolite Plaster Finish, Insulation and Island Transport’

Another day of Earthship interns arriving and leaving on the Ferry to the Gulf Island build… More Earthship Biotecture crew arrive to plaster the Structolite finish to the interior walls of the Earthships… Insulation is awful stuff to work with, especially overhead in the ceiling of the main house Earthship Greenhouse hallway…

Island Earthship Build: Week 3. Day 21. ‘Me, my Bike, my Camera, and Off to S. Bay’

I’ve decided to take the day off, it’s Sunday after all, and according to the locals, a bike ride to the South East end to ‘S. Bay’ is in order. It’s not really called S. Bay, but I’ve respected the request for privacy by the locals, and not mentioned which Gulf Island Michael Reynold’s Earthship build is on. So I start my bike ride, and it’s going to be a long one at 20km, up and down many hills. The moss everywhere has inspired me to take my iPod, and tune into classic Jethro Tull’s ‘Songs from the Woods’.

Island Earthship Build: Week 3. Day 20. ‘Earth Berms, and the Saturday Island Market’

Saturday June 11, on the Gulf Island Earthship Build: …Previous Post Here’s an overview of the main 3 Bedroom Earthship house on Day 20. All of the Solar Panels are now up, including two Solar Water Heaters, and the mini Solar Panel that heats them. Here is a side view of the Earth Berm on…

Island Earthship Build: Week 3. Day 19. ‘Greywater Trenches and Hanging Off the Roof’

Friday June 10, on the Gulf Island Earthship Build: …Previous Post After ferocious winds during the night, I awoke to the giant tarp over my tent in a state of disrepair. Thank goodness a fellow intern in the next tent didn’t think twice about climbing the trees and helping me and Jenn out, as we…

Island Earthship Build: Week 3. Day 18. ‘Hanging Out and Through the Looking Glass’

I’ve been working on the roof with these people for 4 days now… this is about all you’ll see of us half of the time. It’s quite a balancing act to hang on to all your tools, lean over the roof edge… and get the Flashing attached… It takes many hands and careful placement to get the heavy glass panels into the perpendicular interior wall of the smaller Studio Earthship Greenhouse Hallway.

Island Earthship Build: Week 3. Day 17. ‘Crew Instruction, Site Activity’

Wednesday June 8, on the Gulf Island Earthship Build: …Previous Post Here’s an overview of both Earthship builds, from the roof of the smaller Studio Earthship. New on the Studio Earthship are the venting stacks on the roof. While the Water Heater vent stack is installed on the roof of the Studio Earthship (left), Michael…

Island Earthship Build: Week 3. Day 16. ‘Smooth Like Butter, and Sunrise Floor’

Tuesday June 7, on the Gulf Island Earthship Build: …Previous Post Various stages can be seen on the main house Earthship roof, from Solar Panels on the left, to Green Pro-Panel sheets, to insulated roof, to unfinished roof on the right. Here’s a shot of my Roofing ‘Buddy’ I mentioned yesterday, working to fit the…

Island Earthship Build: Week 3. Day 15. ‘Roof Work and Solar Panels’

These Volunteer Carpenters are working on finishing the Wing Wall roofs over the main house airlocks. These two roofs also will add square footage to the overall roof Catch Water System… Also on the roof, the interns have the opportunity to learn how to properly measure, cut, and bend the Pro-Panel sheets into ‘Metal Origami’ that will be installed as the Flashing and Ridge Caps for all the Vent Boxes, and Battery Boxes atop the roof. Let me just say, I enjoyed this part, however it definitely takes practice and experience to do it well. It’s an expensive mistake if you mess up on just one little cut or bend.

Island Earthship Build: Week 2. Day 14. ‘Camp Sauna’

I featured Camp Hugs last week, where many Volunteer Interns are choosing to camp, on the owner’s land. It’s very primitive with no amenities whatsoever. I feel very privileged with the opportunity to stay and camp with Mark, a neighbour of where the Earthship build is taking place. Mark is Off The Grid like everyone else on this this Gulf Island, however I really enjoy the intimacy of the amenities while camping here. I’ll take you on a tour of ‘Camp Sauna’, as dubbed by a fellow Intern named Brian.

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