8th Jul 2014

Earthship Build New Zealand

During a recent surf/work trip to New Zealand, I was lucky enough to come across a couple looking for volunteers to help them build their very own Earthship. As Earthships are something I was familiar with, due to the nature of my lifestyle and interests; living off the grid, sustainability, renewable energy etc, this was something I was extremely enthusiastic about. Nathan & Jess are a great team and it was a real pleasure to work with them and the rest of the crew involved. They discovered the Earthship concept through very similar methods of my own; research and a great passion. They however, were lucky enough to get a place on one of the internship projects in Taos, New Mexico, where the Earthship was born. The experience and knowledge they gained, allowed them to start planning and developing their own little piece of heaven.

For those of you who don’t know, an Earthship is a type of passive solar house made of natural and recycled materials (such as earth-filled tires & glass bottles). These Earthships are the brain child of loveable & excentric Architect; Michael Reynolds. He started Earthship Biotecture of Taos, New Mexico.
Earthships are a radical design of sustainable and renewable materials; you take what would normally be thrown away, and recycle it into your home. Everything is considered. They are built to utilize the available local resources, especially energy from the sun. Emphasis is also heavily placed on food production, water harvesting and sustainable living in general.

If you’d like to know more about them, have a look at the documentary; Garbage Warrior. Available from http://www.garbagewarrior.com

Here’s a few shots of the first part of the build and the crew getting stuck in…