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#1 Dave Chameides

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 10:04 PM

Below is a picture I snapped of the earthship I stayed in. This earthship was actually one of the ones built by Michael Reynolds jn the 80s (I believe it’s one of the houses you see in the movie Garbage Warrior but can’t be sure). It’s off grid other than a small propane tank that runs a DC fridge and the stove. Otherwise it’s all passive solar and photovoltaic. It’s about 42 degrees outside right now and is in fact supposed to snow tonight a bit. Inside the house, due to the row of south facing windows, the thermal mass of the stone floors and the rammed earth tires, it’s about 76. No heating other than the sun. In the summer, there are vents you can open up top and cooling tubes near the floor that can be opened. The hot air rises out of the house pulling the cool air that is in tubes under ground (57 degrees) keeping the house around 70. No energy needed. 3 bedrooms, two baths, Dr. Seussian style architecture, an indoor food garden with tropical plants, wifi, smart tv with netflix etc, and just totally cool. The shower water feeds the plants and the leftover from that heads to the toilet which then goes to a solar septic system. All water is reclaimed and from a catchment system. No well or city hookup.

I was talking with one of the students here and he told me that they are starting to build urban pods as some cities are interested. 500 square feet, about 6 weeks to build, everything you need including reclaimed water, solar, etc and materials run around 10K. When you want to expand, you built the house so you know what to do - open a wall, connect a tube/tunnel with windows, and build another pod.

Enjoy.

https://www.dropbox....nqf6/1xk5PCoH_A

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#2 nick franco

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 11:35 PM

Very cool, thank you for sharing.


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#3 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 11:42 PM

Love it. Unfortunately when doing such things in a city building codes, permits, etc start making it a lot more complicated.

 

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#4 Janice Arthur

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 08:09 AM

Dave

Very cool. Hopefully more in the future will want one.

I do have to say it does remind me of Star Wars houses.

(All those bottles you'd have plenty of places to hide your weed. Not that I think of those things.)

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#5 Dan Ayers

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 08:36 PM

Dave:

Very cool.  Where is it? 

Janice, he can grow weed year around in that thing!


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#6 Janice Arthur

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 02:52 PM

Dan;

 

Yes he can grow it year round but its hard to keep the green ones lit.

 

Janice

 

Hope you're well.


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#7 Dave Chameides

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 08:06 AM

OUtisde of Taos New Mexico. And yes, they grow their weed all year.


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