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basic information on earthships

shiv shah

on 20 December 2012

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Earthships Regions Special Skills/Training Materials Aluminum cans create a cement mixture that builds very strong walls. Plastic and glass bottles create colored walls or windows where light can shine through. Tires are very important because they provide the the framework for the Earthship. The materials around the Earthship must be dense and large so it is able to store the temperatures required to provide a habitable environment for humans and plants. The Earthship itself must be able to store temperature. Land where you are building the Earthship must be south facing. If you are below the equator it must be north facing. This is so the Earthship can catch sunlight in the winter time. The first official Earthship district in Europe is currently being developed in Olst. It has 23 Earthships. Earthships can also be found in Argentina, Africa, Europe, and south west United States. They are common in dry, low humidity areas. They are now expanding to other climates. To build an Earthship, you need a building permit, an electrical permit, and a stove permit. Most people do not have these permits so the may hire professionals. The general public must go through bank loans, interest approvals, etc. to gain access to a housing system that will determine the appearance and functions of the Earthship. They must meet standard building codes of the region. 3)Fill the tires up with earth. Make sure the earth is rammed in the tire. A tire can weigh up to 300 pounds after you are done filling it up.

4)Start placing your tires in the placement you want. Stack them on top of one another. This is your framework. Basic Steps 1)Find land. Because the earthship can have solar power, you can find a large amount of land for a small price because you won’t have to be connected to a commercial power grid.

2)Get A LOT of tires 5)Build your greenhouse. This will keep your Earthship warm during winter.
6)Use aluminum cans to build the non-structural walls of your Earthship. 7)Next, plaster the aluminum can walls with concrete and then adobe.

8)Add finishing touches, such as solar panels. Advantages and Disadvantages Advantages

*Rubber tires are fire resistant and structurally sound.
*Use and re-use water.
*Grow your own food.
*Minimize impact on the environment.
*Many old tires available for free. Disadvantages

*Some Earthships have suffered from over heating/over cooling
*Heat loss when built in more humid climates.
*Once the earth settles, the tires could release a toxic gas.
*Roofs can leak.
*It's challenging to sell. Bibliography *http://earthship.com/construction-materials
*http://www.archinia.com/about-us/publications/216-earthship-pros-and-cons.html Shivani Shah, Hannah Mills, Erica Ramsburg, Kieran Ryan http://earthship.com/learn-more/videos.html
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