Super Sustainable Buildings via Thermal Dynamics & Passive Solar.
An Earthship is a type of passive solar house that is made of both natural and upcycled materials (such as earth-packed tires). Earthships can be completely off-grid or partially off-grid.
Earthships can be built in any part of the world, in any climate (with a permit) and still provide electricity, potable water, contained sewage treatment and sustainable food production.
Earthships are thermal mass homes first,
passive solar homes second.
Whatever temperature goes into an Earthship, it will hold… and since it is also a Passive Solar House, it is also very tight and interacts only with the sun and the earth for heating and cooling, providing stable comfort year round in any climate.
Simple Survival Model
The Simple Survival Earthship is designed to provide comfortable shelter, clean water, contained sewage and basic solar power for lights and charging small electronics at a very low price. This building uses simple systems developed for the earthquake-relief demonstration project in Haiti. The Simple Survival Earthship may be built with one or more rooms and has evolved to include Vaulted Concrete and Wood Roof options. The concept has been applied to numerous disaster-relief and humanitarian builds around the world.
The new ENCOUNTER model Earthship is continuing to evolve and we will be building its latest version in Taos, New Mexico this spring/summer. It is meant to function as well as the very successful global model but cost 30% less.
Circular Hut Model
The Hut Earthship is two Earthship Hut Modules connected by a sloped face greenhouse. This design evolved after a hurricane-relief project in Honduras.
The Global Earthship design performs in almost any climate around the world. The main features of this design include a double layer of glass (“double greenhouse”) between the inner living spaces and the outside and the use of underground cooling tubes and convection skylights which work together to provide ventilation and natural air conditioning for the building.
Global Model Earthships have been built in France, Germany, Mexico, Canada and across the United States.
“Off-the-rack” construction drawings are available for purchase and range in size from studio to three bedrooms.
Visitors to the Greater World Community can rent one of these model homes for the night and experience how comfortable it is to live in an autonomous home.
For clients who want a more exotic, special home, custom designs Earthships can be built, still incorporating all the off-grid design principles. Earthship Biotecture realized that adaptation is a good thing, especially on international projects and we can tailor designs to incorporate local building styles and materials.
Retrofit with Earthship Biotecture
The most sustainable building is the one that is already built.
We also retrofit houses, if you want to integrate the 6 Earthship Design Principles to your home, you can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thermal/Solar Heating & Cooling
Earthships maintain comfortable temperatures in any climate. The planet Earth is a thermally stabilizing mass that delivers temperature without wire or pipes. The sun is a nuclear power plant that also delivers without wires or pipes.
Comfort in Any Climate. Keep the building warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Comfortable with little to no utility bill / fossil fuel.
This increases both psychological and physiological comfort.
Solar & Wind Electricity
Earthships produce their own electricity with a prepackaged photovoltaic / wind power system. This energy is stored in batteries and supplied to your electrical outlets. Earthships can have multiple sources of power, all automated, including grid-intertie.
Security. Always Have Power. electricity: off-grid, grid-intertie. Solar, Wind, Biodiesel, Geo-Thermal, Micro Hydro.
Waste Water Treatment
Earthships contain use and reuse all household sewage in indoor and outdoor treatment cells resulting in food production and landscaping with no pollution of aquifers. Toilets flush with greywater that does not smell.
Contain & Treat Waste Water. Treat and clean greywater. Flush toilets with treated greywater, clean and clear. Improves and adds to conventional systems without replacing. Liquid Waste Water Planters provide for prolific Food Production.
Natural & Recycled Materials
House as Assemblage of by-products: A sustainable home must make use of indigenous materials, those occurring naturally in the local area.
Think Global. Act Local. A sustainable home must make use of local (indigenous) materials, those occurring ‘naturally’ in the local area.
Earthships catch water from the sky (rain & snow melt) and use it four times. Water is heated from the sun, biodiesel and/or natural gas. Earthships can have city water as backup. Earthships do not pollute underground water aquifers.
Potable Water. Generally speaking, a sustainable building with the methods outlined uses about half as much fresh, potable, drinking water as a conventional building.
Earthship wetlands, the planters that hold hundreds of gallons of water from sinks and the shower are a great place for raising some of the fresh produce you’d like to have in the winter, but find expensive or bland tasting from the supermarket.
Grow your own food. Earthships use interior greenhouses for treatment of grey water, as well as to grow food and enhance the natural beauty of the home.