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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.
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The path of water in an Earthship

  1. Water is caught from roof catchment systems and channeled via silt catches into cisterns.
  2. Cisterns gravity feed a DC pump and filter panels (WOM).
  3. A Pump and filter panel (WOM) pushes water into a pressure tank and conventional household water pressure is the result.
  4. The Toilet is separated from drainage system of all other household plumbing fixtures.
  5. Water is used in a conventional way such as bathing or washing dishes.
  6. Next, this water is then drained into linear biologically developed interior greywater treatment and containment systems.

Earthship Academy (week 1)

The Patagonia Earthship Academy began on March 2nd 2015. Taryn and Marcello’s land- hereby known as ‘the build site’ looked like this at that time.

On that land, we were going to build this; A “three U simple survival Earthship.”

The signature building materials to be used were approximately 600 tires, an un-countable amount of recycled bottles and cans, rebar, lumber, and a ridiculous amount of cement (which we didn’t learn until later).

The first two days were an orientation of the build site and an introduction to the Earthship crew- a small, hard working group of yankees and one big Aussie. They were Mike Reynold’s building team. Most of them had started out in Taos, New Mexico and were now bouncing n’ building worldwide. The voice of the team was a high energy Italian-American named Ron. He had been with the Earthship crew for 9 years. He talked a lot of shit, very loud and fast, but he also knew a lot about what he was saying too. The South American people in class would later say that he was exactly how they imagined a typical America gringo. Ron had a lot of business and construction experience in quite a few of the United States. He owned ice-cream parlours and flipped houses and made money with his mouth. He was the salesman for sure. He taught us Earthship terminology, maintenance, and basically tried to sell us all Earthships. His partner, Kirsten was there too. She had known Mike Reynolds a long time and had been a part of the business from nearly the beginning. She was the first woman to build an Earthship by herself. Kirsten and Ron had established the Earthship Academy as a way to teach everyone wanting to build their own Earthship and moreover as a way to get a small army of free labour. With up to 50 people on a build it was possible to complete a global model Earthship in one month. A brilliant business manoeuvre in which everybody won, especially the Earthship crew. We had a lot of classes with Kirsten in which we learned the different types of Earthships, their history and the owner/builder experience.

Ron with Mike Reynolds

At the build site orientation we met the rest of the team. Ron introduced them all as if they were God’s finest creations. There was Lou- a plummer and a drummer from New York.  Brian, a carpenter who I suspect was also an amateur UFC fighter. Rob (“Rubber-toe”) a math professor, ESL teacher and scuba instructor from Georgia. Rob was pushing 60 years old but he was in incredible shape from a lifestyle of travel. The guy could walk on his hands longer than me (which is a pretty long time).

Rob the professor, Lou the plummer and Brian the carpenter.

There was Harry, a tall Australian who looked like a Calvin Klein model, but worked hard and would get as dirty as a chimney sweeper.

Harry the Aussie.

And then there was Jeane, who worked just as hard and looked somehow super sexy with a face full of dirt. Jean was in charge of staging the build, organizing the building materials and a lot of other important behind the scenes aspects.

Jeane

About a week into the Academy another member of the team showed up. His name was Rory. He had been building with Mike Reynolds from the very beginning. Rory was calm n’ collected with nothing to prove. He knew every inch of building an Earthship and did a great job of explaining the how’s & why’s on site. He taught only one class in the classroom but I learned the most when I worked with him.  

Rory

Mike Reynolds arrived during the middle of the first week. He walked onto the build site with no introduction, had a brief meeting with each member of the crew individually, then picked up a sledge hammer and began pounding tires full of earth. That’s basically how the first week went down. A whole lotta tire pounding, dirt moving and rebar bending to construct the foundation and skeleton of the structure. The Earthship we were building was to have 3 main cave-like rooms and the rounded ceilings that would cap them were known as ‘vaults.’ These were made from long lines of rebar that were bent and shaped quite easily.  All it took was two people and a tree. Each vault was assembled on the ground with bailing wire and a layer of thick wire mesh. Then it took about 20 or more people to lift and place it on top of the packed foundation.

In 5 days we had already laid the foundation of the three U’s, made the three vaults and installed them on top. The first phase of the build was moving incredibly fast and even the Earthship team were impressed with the progress.
That first week we spent most of the mornings going hard and then showing up for class as a rugged bunch of skids in the afternoon.

Professor Mike Reynolds in an afternoon lecture. 

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If you don’t want to read the description above, then I will provide a brief summary of things.  Earthships are these really cool buildings made of things normally considered trash, like old glass bottles, and rubber tires.  They are made in a way to harvest and use rainwater up to 4 times in its internal system, gather solar power, take advantage of the Earth’s thermal mass and passive solar heating, has a built in greenhouse, and is all around an awesome thing to live in!

I am trying to attend the academy this summer during June.  While there I will learn the knowledge and the hand on experience to build one of these things for myself.  I hope to eventually bring this knowledge back and use it to help out the community where I live.  

Tuition for this academy costs $2500 and that doesn’t include a place to stay.  I’ll be graduating in May, and I would like to not break my bank any further and go further into debt, as my student loan debts are fairly high in my opinion.  I could use all the help I can help I can get! 

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Learn how to build, live-in and maintain Earthships.

Earthship Academy Weekly Roundup for 03.08.2013

Monday - Introduction

I meet all the brilliant students from the Academy at the Visitor Center!

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I’m still trying to remember those 35 new names!

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I’m staying at R.E.A.C.H. an off-the-grid community located 9 000 feet above sea level! Approximately 30 minutes from the job site.

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The view from R.E.A.C.H.

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Tuesday - Class Day

Here is Michael Reynolds telling us about the history of Earthships!

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A good virus!

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The tour of the Phoenix!

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And here is the job site where the third generation of the Global Model will be built!

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Here are some of the construction materials!

  • Tires
  • Insulation
  • Cisterns
  • Cooling tubes

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Wednesday - Work Day

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Here we have the team leveling the first course. I had my first tire pounded!

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 The second course is on it’s way!

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By the end of the day the third cource was started! Ready for the cooling tubes to get installed!

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Thursday Work Day

The team is leveling the ground for the thermal wrap!

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The cooling tubes are being installed and insulated!

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The fourth course is on it’s way!

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And the fifth!

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Weapons of mass construction!

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By the end of the second day we had five course done! The cooling tubes installed and buried! And the first layer of thermal wrap installed!

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Friday - Class Day

  • Power Tools Workshop - Earthship Crew *Reported
  • Water 1 (Roof, Cistern, Silt Catch, WOM) - Michael Reynolds
  • Water 2 (Gray Water, Black Water, Food) - Michael Reynolds

Saturday & Sunday

Spent most of my time writing artilces! Got to keep feeding the ever growing number of followers!

This post was written with a solar powered computer!

Remeber to like Earthship Biotecture on Facebook!

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Earthship - Corner Cottage

Great tour by John & Catherine.

Available for nightly rental!

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In this video, Tom takes us on a tour of his home, his original “Earthship survival pod”, the “nest” ($50,000 studio apartment), the “Simple Survival Earthship” (aimed mainly at the developing world), a custom home designed to feed a family of four (including a tilapia pond in the greenhouse) and the “BMW of Earthships”, the “Global" (aimed at the typical American family).




http://earthship.com/academy