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I came across the below article and though you guys might be interested, I have a friends parents who built one out here, the only kicked on the pellet stove 3 times this past winter, and stayed at a relative 70 degrees all winter, check it out, they aren't as primitive as you might think.
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10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are F!#%ing Awesome
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Earthships are 100% sustainable homes that are both cheap to build and awesome to live in. They offer amenities like no other sustainable building style you have come across. For the reasons that follow, I believe Earthships can actually change the world. See for yourself!

1) Sustainable does not mean primitive
When people hear about sustainable, off-the-grid living, they usually picture primitive homes divorced from the comforts of the 21st century. And rightfully so, as most sustainable solutions proposed until now have fit that description. Earthships, however, offer all of the comforts of modern homes and more. I’ll let these pictures do the talking…


2) Free Food
Each Earthship is outfitted with one or two greenhouses that grow crops year-round, no matter the climate. This means you can feed yourself with only the plants growing inside of your house. You can also choose to build a fish pond and/or chicken coop into your Earthship for a constant source of meat and eggs.


3) Brilliant Water Recycling
Even the most arid of climates can provide enough water for daily use through only a rain-harvesting system. The entire roof of the Earthship funnels rain water to a cistern, which then pumps it to sinks and showers when required. That used ‘grey water’ is then pumped into the greenhouse to water the plants. After being cleaned by the plants, the water is pumped up into the bathrooms for use in the toilets. After being flushed, the now ‘black water’ is pumped to the exterior garden to give nutrients to non-edible plants.


4) Warmth & Shelter
The most brilliant piece of engineering in the Earthship is their ability to sustain comfortable temperatures year round. Even in freezing cold or blistering hot climates, Earthships constantly hover around 70° Fahrenheight (22° Celsius).

This phenomenon results from the solar heat being absorbed and stored by ‘thermal mass’ — or tires filled with dirt, which make up the structure of the Earthship. The thermal mass acts as a heat sink, releasing or absorbing heat it when the interior cools and heats up, respectively.

The large greenhouse windows at the front of the house always face south to allow the sun to heat up the thermal mass throughout the daytime.


5) Energy
Solar panels on the roof and optional wind turbines provide the Earthship with all of the power it needs. As long as you’re not greedily chewing through electricity like a typical first-world human, you’ll never be short of power.



6) Freedom
With all of your basic needs provided for and NO bills each month, you’re free! You don’t have to work a job you hate just to survive. So you can focus your time on doing what you love, and bettering the world around you.

Imagine if the entire world was able to focus on doing extraordinary things instead of just making enough to get by. Imagine if even 10% of the world could do this. What would change?

7) Easy to build
At a recent Earthship conference in Toronto, Canada, a married couple in their forties shared about how they built a 3-story Earthship by themselves in 3 months. They had never built anything before in their lives and were able to build an Earthship with only the printed plans. They did not hire any help, nor did they use expensive equipment to make the job easier.

If one man and one woman can do this in 3 months, anyone can do it.

8 ) Cheap
Earthships are exorbitantly cheaper than conventional houses. The most basic Earthships cost as little as $7000 (The Simple Survival model) with the most glamorous models costing $70,000 and up, depending on how flashy you want to be with your decorating.

With these cost options, Earthships can fit the needs of everyone — from the least privileged to the most worldly.

9) Made of recycled materials
Much of the materials used to build Earthships are recycled. For starters, the structure is built with used tires filled with dirt:

If there’s one thing we’re not short of on Earth, it’s used tires! There are tire dumps like the one pictured here in every country in the world. There are even places that will pay you by the tire to take them away.

The walls (above the tires) are created by placing plastic and glass bottles in concrete. When the Earthship team was in Haiti after the earthquake, they employed local kids to both clean up the streets and provide all of the bottles required for building their Earthship. Plus, they look pretty sexy.

10) Think Different
The most powerful thing Earthships do is force people to think differently about how we live. If housing can be this awesome, and be beneficial to the environment, then what else can we change? What else can become more simple, cheaper and better at the same time?

It’s time for us to re-think much of what we consider normal.


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missing article?
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yeah, hit enter too soon, when trying to add in the article info, edited it with the full info, wanted to preserve the article, incase the link ever changes

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I would love to see the future Jedi Praxeum with many earthships, as our needs expand. :-)

Given the discussion about using rainwater, do those in Colorado need to get a permit to use the rainwater?
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currently, unless you are part of the rainwater test, which cost $4000 for the app, you have to have the ability for a well permit and are not attached to city water. From the looks of the information I just put in the Rainwater post, Colorado is looking at modifying the laws. Right now, counties can make their own laws requarding grey-water re-use, but rain water capture is still being looked into.

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Oh, so since the earthships aren't on city water, it seems like, in theory, you can get the application and all that, and then the law will eventually change.
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kind of. Most earthships are built in remote areas where water taps have not been brought to the lot, so they can do the rain capture. My friends place is on the edge of a canyon up in Glade park, WAAAAAY out there. My neighbors could do rain capture because they have to haul out water, no water tap, but I'm not sure if they meet the requirements for a Well permit.
I know I would like to work on my house and put in at least grey-water recycling.

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Johannes (Yoshio) replied the topic: 10 reasons why Earthships are awsome!

Back in time when I visited the higher technical school whereat I learned, studied about architecture and building side management we had seen a couple of films dealing with building clay house and using clay for ‘closing’ walls in wooden framework houses. Already back then I found this is a neat idea to built ones house. Adding to it the idea of Earthships seems to me to be a good way forward. If it should happen that I build my own house in the future, I will definitively go for something like that!
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Tai-Da Vrikaurvan replied the topic: 10 reasons why Earthships are awsome!

The interior design reminds me a lot of Alice in wonderland. Really unusual and different. I think apart from all the benefits it looks cool to. I always wanted to do like a grand designs project. Build a self sufficiant home and live outside the city in a nice peaceful area. Easier said than done but a man can dream right. lol

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Certainly!


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