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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Earthships: A Green Home Building Alternative

Earthships are sustainable homes designed to interface with their environment. Traditionally, they are built in a circular or U shaped layout and constructed using recycled tires packed with dirt, which weigh about 350 pound each when packed properly.  The idea of Earthship housing was created by Mike Reynolds, founder of Earthship Biotecture,  in the 1970’s as a response to his desire to live off the grid and help the environment.  For this to be possible he felt that his house had to do three things, first he had to provide a sustainable existence while using recycled building materials indigenous to the planet, secondly, he would have to generate his own utilities, and the last thing was to make sure the average person could duplicate his design without having prior construction knowledge…