Which Model is Right for You?

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.

Encounter Model

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.

> Encounter Earthship build, Taos, NM

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.

Global Model

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: reception@earthship.com