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These homes that i recently discovered are quite extra-ordinary! It will literally revolutionize the way we live on a planetary scale. They are most affordable, and most earth friendly. I could go into reasons why they aren’t our primary home builders. The most obvious would be because our current home builders would lose tons of money. Its time to let go of our old ways! But lets not focus on the negative here. Let me tell you more about these homes.
The design principles alone will blow you away. So get this, the electricity is supported by wind and sun. The water is stored and filtered from snow and water. The sewage has a sanitary treatment system. Heating and cooling are from the sun and earth. And you can grow your food both outside and inside! Wow. Why havent many people heard about this? So now that you want more information let’s get into details.
The earthships produced their OWN energy with a prepackaged photovoltaic (sun) and/or wind power system. The photovoltaic panels convert the suns energy into DC current electricity and it is stored in “golf-cart” type batteries. Then some of this DC current is inverted into AC electricity and supplies it to the home. This electricity can be used for washing machines, computers, kitchen appliances, print machines, vacuums and so on which can all be used daily. No electricity is required for heating and cooling. The POM or your Power Organizing Module can even accept electricity from a gasoline generator or inter-tie with the city energy grid.
Water is caught from the roof with a portable surface. From the roof, the water is then channeled through silt catches into cisterns. The water from the cistern is gravity-fed into a Water organizing Module with a pump and filter.
Use & Re-use
Water is used in a conventional way such as bathing or washing dishes, except for the toilet. After you take a bath your water will be cleansed a second time in interior botanical cells. Then its third stage will be the toilet for flushing. After it is flushed it is contained and treated (in your very own home) and used a fourth time in exterior botanical cells.
Water is heated with the sun and natural gas. The sun heats the water and the natural gas is only turned on if the water is not hot enough. This is called Gas-on-Demand water heating.
The Water organizing Module
The water from the city, your cistern, and other places can all be linked to your WOM where automated systems can manage your water levels. Filters clean the water for human consumption and use. And when your plumber goes over, they will see what they are used to seeing.
Bottom line: we are in such a water shortage here on planet earth so we need to start practicing the harvesting of water in each individual home. Lets face the facts.
If there are energy shortages, individuals will have water problems.
If there is ecological damage, individuals will have water problems.
If there are economic crisis, individuals will have water problems.
If there are computer glitches, individuals will have water problems.
If there is political turmoil, individuals will have water problems.
If there is war, individuals will have water problems.
- Heating & Cooling
Earthships maintain comfortable temperatures in any climate.
The planet earth is a thermal stabilizing mass that delivers temperature without wires or pipes. The sun is a nuclear power plant that also delivers without wires or pipes.
The outer few feet of the earth heats up and cools off in response to surface weather. However, deeper in the earth, about four feet and beyond, the temperature is more constant (around 58 degrees). Here, the earth can be used to both cool and stabilize temperature if the home is appropriately designed.
Earthships are thermal mass homes first, passive solar homes second. Therefore, the layout and design of the Earthship can be completely customized to look like any conventional home, and still be sustainable.
A fundamental concept of Earthships is that gray water from the sink or tub is recycled and purified by feeding into an indoor planter before being used to flush the toilet.
Earthship create an environment in which plants are not only aesthetic and contributing to the heath of our environment, but are also highly functional and play a direct role in the maintenance of the home.
Having plants that produce food within this environment makes sense and takes sustainable and independent living to another level.
- Construction Materials
The primary building block of the Earthship are Rammed-Earth encased in Steel Belted Rubber. Or, recycled automobile tires filled with compacted earth materials encased in steel belted rubber to build an everlasting earth brick. The resulting walls formed are seriously indestructible.
Aluminum cans and glass or plastic bottles can also be used as ‘little bricks’. They are a simple way to create interior walls that come out quite strong as well. The can be used to create colored walls that light shines through.
The creativity that is applicable to put into these homes goes well beyond our current imagination. As most of us have not participated in the building of these homes. You can participate in the building if you like though just click here to learn more about the Earthship Intern Program. Look at the pictures below and let your imagination run wild. Start planning your new home for the New Earth after 2012.
Earthships build faster than the homes we today live in. Now, how are you going to build your earth ship..