Earthships, sustainable off the grid housing, could soon be landing in a suburb near you.
In fact Australia’s first Earthsip is nearing completion in Queensland.
The project began its first stage in January 2013 where a group of volunteers came together to offer their time and labour in exchange for learning the basic principles of this unique building design.
The s-week workshop, which involved lots of pounding tires and moving earth, took the house to its lock-up stage.
Its second stage, recently completed in June, involved more creative work, such as designing the intrinsic bottle jewel feature walls.
This project is the first of its kind in Australia and it has demonstrated that the Earthship principles, brought over from Earthship Biotecture in New Mexico can be adapted to the climate and zones in Australia.
An Earthship is a passive solar home, which incorporates heating and cooling through thermal mass, orientation and air convection, incorporating renewable energy, food production, integrated water harvesting systems and in-house sewerage treatment.
Mike Reynolds, an American architect who is also known as the “Garbage Warrior”, pioneered Earthship Biotecture.
His technology has been trialled and tested in a number of conditions and landscapes across the globe, and now most recently in Australia.
These buildings are unique in the way they bring together the principles of sustainable living and community to create a beautiful, affordable custom-designed home.
Earthship Australia in partnership with Earthship Biotecture in New Mexico is collaborating to develop the potential to build fully certified Earthships in Australia.
With the first Earthship due for completion in the coming months, there are sure to be plenty for ways for those interested to be involved.