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What is an Earthship?

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.

Design Principles

We live on the earth. We need buildings to live in, on this earth. These buildings must take care of our needs by encountering the phenomenon of this earth.

Our needs are…

  1. comfortable shelter that requires no fuel

  2. water

  3. electricity

  4. food

  5. containment and treatment of our human waste

  6. containment and treatment of our garbage