Saturday, August 23, 2008

Earthship Homes

"Earthship Biotecture, based in Taos, NM, USA is a global company offering proven, totally sustainable designs, construction drawings & details, products, educational materials, lectures / presentations, consultation & guidance toward getting people in sustainable housing."

What exactly is an Earthship? "Earthship n. 1. passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials 2. thermal mass construction for temperature stabilization. 3. renewable energy & integrated water systems make the Earthship an off-grid home with little to no utility bills."

We toured an Earthship home during our visit to Taos, and boy was it a trip (pun intended)! Aluminum cans and tires combined with earth constituted the walls, fruit-and vegetable- producing plants adorned much of the floor space, and huge windows let in the warm sunshine. Although it was a lot of fun to check out the home and to learn about Biotecture, I'm pretty sure an Earthship is not in my future of dwelling places.

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Fitnessista said...

i've actually been to an earthship house! while it was very cool to visit, i don't think i could live in one...
great blog topic!

Lauren said...

Yeah, they are quite different! Great premise, but the designs are a little too rustic even for my taste.

709 said...

Hi Lauren,
I like the Earthships. There is a documentary about "the garbage King" a gentleman in NM who is challenging how houses are built. He is meeting resistance from law makers and designers, yet keeps going. Check it out.


Lauren said...

709 - I will definitely check out the documentary on the Garbarge King... sounds interesting!