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Has anyone ever heard of or does anyone live in [...]

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
via The Full Circle Project
Has anyone ever heard of or does anyone live in an Earthship? Am trying to find out more about them. Are they easy to build? Do they really stay warm in the winter? What kind of red tape do you have to jump to build? Stuff like that...
Hi Jan. Suggest you have a look at the work of Michael Reynolds who kind of kick-started all the interest. He is a renegade architect based in Taos NM and has a very interesting history with Earthship design, building and processing the legal-tape. See his documentary 'Garbage Warrior' and also the detailed 'build your own' books- 3 volumes filled with excellent sketches and technical know-how.
Also, there is a working Earthship in Brighton UK that you can visit... but of course, there will be others closer home to you in the US
Definitely start with Michael- he is a real warrior figure
Sunday 8 January 2017, 15:06:15
Hey Jen, yes I know a family who built an earth-ship not too far from us here, one of our friends helped build it.
Legally speaking, I don't know what hoops one has to jump through, but I can tell you that this particular dwelling suffers terribly from humidity, and has developed a lot of mould inside. Such a shame for them as it was a really good layout and plan. I think they may have scrimped a little too much on certain aspects of the project and as a result have now to deal with the subsequent problems.
Definitely worth looking into though, if you can find enough tyres, dirt and other materials :)
This is it:
Monday 9 January 2017, 13:04:08
Thank you both for your responses. I would love to go to Earthship Academy but it is too expensive. Being able to know how to build an off grid structure is very important to me with all the craziness in this world. I'd like to learn and help.
Tuesday 10 January 2017, 14:27:45
[deleted user]
I used to live in Taos, NM years ago, and I lived in a passive solar design from the early 70's in a community of other such homes, including Earthships. There are many different styles of passive solar homes, Earthships are just one, and they aren't the easiest one to build. What you're looking for is a balance between insulation, solar mass, and solar gain. They do stay warm in the winter, really warm, if you keep a few precautions, and cool in the summer. Red tape depends on your area, PA isn't the most friendly place, Taos, NM was virtually giving people land to build them as experimental housing back in the day. Also check out 'high thermal mass' homes on the net for another similar style that is easier to build.
Wednesday 11 January 2017, 04:37:00
That's awesome advice! I don't really know what God has in store for me but I live the warmer climates so relocating wouldn't be an issue but if I do stay here in PA it's awesome to know about other options as well. Thank you so much!
Friday 13 January 2017, 18:53:13
Anushri Devi
Yes, I have lived in an earthship and yes it stayed warm in winter and cool in summer, as well as recycling all grey water into indoor gardening endeavors. It was so lovely I wanted to build one but once it came to reality I found it to be true, as the person above commented, that there are less expensive and less labor intensive ways to build a passive solar home. But if I had plentiful free labor I would still go with an earthship. Those guys over at the academy are cleaning up, people come and pay them to do the work. I think it would be possible to come to Taos and learn how to build them without going through the Reynolds factory, he's not the only earthship maestro around, a lot of old-school builders around town worked with him back in the day.
Sunday 15 January 2017, 22:52:49
Oh, that's awesome! I'm gonna look into it! Thank you
Thursday 19 January 2017, 23:08:40
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