After I’ve been traveling and building for six months around the world I want to take some time to inform my ever growing number of followers about all the Earthship builds happening around our beautiful planet.

Starting this series of posts with South Americas!

Los tecnicos a design and construction company based in Guatemala is currently building in Colombia 45 minutes outside Bogotà. They are building four houses based on Earthship principles from January 15th to April 15th 2014. If your interested in joining them fill their volunteer application. Make sure also you like and share the Los técnicos facebook page.


Not so far we have Earthship Chile located in the Concon region. I’ve been following them on facebook for a while. Not sure if they have internship programs but feel free to contact them for more information on their facebook page.

Let’s finish with Argentina and the first ever held Earthship Academy outside the states. They are building a simple survival in Ushuaia. Videos and more info are available on Earthship Biotecture’s website

Make sure you like Earthship Biotecture on Facebook and stay tuned for future posts. I’ll write about building opportunities in Asia and Australia.
Earthship Design Principles
Thermal wrap
Rigid insulation around building to isolate 6 foot x 6 foot block of mass from outer earth to stabilize comfort of interior space..
Water Supply
Roof catchment water system into water storage cistern with capability of well or community water back up. 
Food Production
The planters that hold hundreds of gallons of water from sinks and the shower are a great place for raising fresh fruits and vegetables.
Electricity
Solar electricity with capabilities of wind, micro hydro, gas generator or conventional utility back up.
Waste Water Treatment
Contained grey water and black water treatment and distribution system with capability of conventional septic or community sewage connection.
Construction Materials
Typically built with earth-rammed tires, but designs are also available for straw bale, concrete, or adobe.

Earthship Design Principles


Thermal wrap

Rigid insulation around building to isolate 6 foot x 6 foot block of mass from outer earth to stabilize comfort of interior space..

Water Supply

Roof catchment water system into water storage cistern with capability of well or community water back up. 

Food Production

The planters that hold hundreds of gallons of water from sinks and the shower are a great place for raising fresh fruits and vegetables.

Electricity

Solar electricity with capabilities of wind, micro hydro, gas generator or conventional utility back up.

Waste Water Treatment

Contained grey water and black water treatment and distribution system with capability of conventional septic or community sewage connection.

Construction Materials

Typically built with earth-rammed tires, but designs are also available for straw bale, concrete, or adobe.

This October Earthship Biotecture will be joined by a team of student soldiers to build a unique ‘Earthship flower-design’ community center in Malawi, Africa.

Working together with,Empower Malawi, to gather volunteers and funds necessary to build two rooms, or petals, of the eight-room community center over the course of ten days.

The project, Kapita Earthship Community Centre, is to be the first of its kind in the area and will become a sustainable development epicenter for 38 villages and over 5,000 rural people in South East Mzimba district East Mzimba district in Malawi.

The Kapita Earthship Community Centre is to house a secure community bank, a library, a dispensary for medical services and supplies, administration offices, classrooms for teaching children and adults, and a local food bank to develop food security. All of these are that do not exist for the people of Mizimba, Malawi and the surrounding areas. 

Led by Michael Reynolds, a visionary in sustainable building, Seven Directions oversaw the construction of an off-the-grid home called Big Sky Earthship in Montana!

Also joining Michael and his team were over 30 interns from around the globe seeking hands-on experience building an Earthship.

Here’s an amazing time laps for you to enjoy!

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An earthship is a type of passive solar house made of natural and recycled materials. The homes are primarily constructed to work as autonomous buildings and are generally made of earth-filled tires, using thermal mass construction to naturally regulate indoor temperature

Earthships are built to utilize the available local resources, especially energy from the sun. For example, windows on sun-facing walls admit lighting and heating, and the buildings are often horseshoe-shaped to maximize natural light and solar-gain during winter months. The thick, dense inner walls provide thermal mass that naturally regulates the interior temperature during both cold and hot outside temperatures.

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