Earthship Biotecture Australia2020-08-06T15:45:08-06:00

“This concept of living, (independent voyage vs. dependent trap), could change the nature of the human mind itself. It could provide a basis and a direction for conscious evolution on Earth”

Earthships are suitable for most climates in Australia (tropical climates require a different Earthship design) requiring little to no energy for heating and cooling. No air-con needed!


Earthship Eco Homes is in response to many inquiries about how to get approval for an Earthship in Australia.

Earthship Ironbank is the first Earthship in Australia to be approved by both Michael Reynolds (Earthship Biotecture) and local government (Council/Shire). 

As the owner-builder/designer of Earthship Ironbank we understand the process from beginning to end. Furthermore my background in design and drafting, permaculture, and my recent PhD studies, which investigated the performance of Earthships in various climates, equip me with the skills and knowledge to ensure your Earthship project is a success.

Our Services Include

site selection and analysis

design for local climate

design for bushfire

design for termites

regulations and codes

drafting your plans for submission to your local Council/Shire

advice on how to get council approval

education and workshops

We assist Earthship Biotecture (Michael Reynolds’ company) with projects in Australia: site visits to assess suitability and to feedback important information about your site to Earthship Biotecture and, to act as a consultant on many of the issues dot pointed above with the objective of ensuring an expedient and successful Council approval process.

We are based in Ironbank, South Australia, 40min drive from the city and I also work at the University of South Australia teaching in the School of Art, Architecture & Design.

The builder we recommend is Jackson Digney of Enduro Builders. Jackson has supervised the construction of the first completed Earthship in Western Australia – Earthship East Augusta. He is willing to work with owner-builders and volunteers, or he can undertake the whole construction process for you.

Please contact us to discuss your Earthship project today! Cheers, Dr Martin (Marty) Freney