What do you know about earthship construction? Earthships offers an affordable, ecological and practical choice for someone interested in a sustainable home. Earthship construction can be a good health, investment and lifestyle decision and this post will help you learn more about the advantages and whether it could be a good choice. Earthship construction has been around for a few decades and is becoming more popular. It is a very effective and efficient means for building a home that can save money, resources and time compared to more conventional “bricks and sticks” houses. You may be asking what is an Earthship and what benefits does it offer. This post will provide the basics and benefits of Earthship construction as a more economical and environmentally friendly living space.
Earthships are typically made of a variety of recyclable and renewable materials. Common components are: aluminum cans, cement, clay, glass bottles, plastic bottles, rocks, sand, timbers, tires, water (less than 10%) and wood. Earthships can be built with a variety of cement, clay, lime and soil mixtures which are found in most countries around the world. Earthships usually use local materials making them very affordable, durable and practical solutions for home building. They can conserve energy, materials and resources by using renewable and reusable resources. Earthship construction by design can be a fairly easy process without the extra costs, labor and time required for expensive traditional bricks and sticks, cement block or cement and foam construction conventional houses. Well built and designed Earthship are frequently built off grid to provide an energy efficient living space and lifestyle.
Earth Friendly Earthship Construction
An Earthship home can be a great solution for the housing needs of a wide variety of people. Earthship construction combines clever architecture and creative planning for houses that can offer a more efficient and simpler lifestyle. With a good design and mostly local materials you can enjoy the benefits of an affordable, durable, energy efficient and sustainable home for a healthy and simple lifestyle. Earthship construction can help provide healthy homes with a lower carbon footprint and price tag compared to conventional homes.
Earthships can be made with cement, clay, lime, sand and water that is thoroughly mixed and then added around and between aluminum, glass, metal, plastic, rock or wood. It provides a relatively easy and fast way to build and provide a comfortable, durable and eco friendly home. Most earthships can withstand a wide variety of climates and conditions when properly designed, maintained and well built. Creative earthship construction designs can offer a wide selection of safe, striking and strong designs including a wide variety of curves, domes, oblong, rectangles, round and square shapes. With creative Computer Automated Design (CAD), architects, designers and engineers can create innovative earthship construction with various shapes and sizes. Earthship construction offer the owner the benefit of lower energy, maintenance and repair costs. Earthships can provide healthy homes that may be more toxin free than most conventional modern homes. A well built and designed earthship could last for 100+ years of practical use with minimal maintenance and upkeep. The current global economy, energy issues and environmental concerns are encouraging more people to reduce their carbon footprint and rethink energy efficient home designs, ideas and options. National Geographic produced a video about Earthship construction that may offer a better alternative to conventional construction. Maybe building one is the perfect habitat and healthy home for you and your family.
Many people could be better off with a Earthship home they build themselves rather than spending a fortune buying a conventional house. Many people are going deep in debt with a big 30 year mortgage and payments. It is often a major financial waste of money, resources and time to buy a conventional house or mobile home due to the often lower quality of materials and workmanship used to built it. Building or buying an Earthship can offer you a better option. Earthship construction requires less resources to provide more cost and energy efficient features for cooling, heating and insulation. It offers an affordable, durable, eco friendly, efficient, functional and sustainable home that can meet a family’s long term needs. This information is intended to help educate, inspire and motivate people to look at Earthships in order to be cost effective, minimize their carbon footprint and promote a sustainable and transition lifestyle.
Many smart people are waking up to discover that Earthship construction offers a better building alternative. When we invest the energy, money and time to educate our selves and demand better construction choices we find some amazing new ideas and options available. The last two years of research and travel for better eco building practices has helped me gain great ideas, insights and inspiration for developing and designing eco homes for our Belize Eco Village.
Benefits of Earthship Construction
As more people discover, investigate and research saving energy, simpler lifestyle and sustainable solutions the idea of using Earthship construction is an obvious choice. A lack of awareness and misconception about them has kept them from being more accepted and common. As more people begin to focus on sustainable building and transition towns we will see more Earthships in eco villages and sustainable communities. As more people understand the benefits of building and living in well designed earthship they will discover the benefits over conventional homes that can negatively impact their finances, health and lifestyle. Earthships can offer better buildings to help provide the growing global need for affordable housing. Earthship construction benefits include:
- Blending natural and renewable materials with recycled and reusable materials creates a very eco friendly habitat.
- Earthships can be built for several thousands dollars.
- It can be designed to stay cool unlike cement block houses in sunny climates therefore saving energy.
- Earthship homes can be bug, fire, mold, weather and wind resistant and last for hundreds of years.
- It can accommodate the use of arches, domes and sacred geometry for a wide variety of unique building designs.
- Building with local materials like clay, lime, sand, rock and wood is eco friendly and sustainable conservation construction.
- Earthships can offer excellent thermal barrier to keep the heat out and the cool in or can keep the heat in and the cold out.
- Flexible designs and shapes offer attractive and creative eco dwellings.
- Using natural and non toxic building material in Earthship construction provides healthy homes perfect for people with chemical sensitivities.
- Rocket stoves offer an efficient and low cost way to heat an Earthships.
- Transportation costs for building materials is greatly reduced when using local clay, hemp and sand for construction.
- Potential considerations with Earthship construction to take into consideration include: building codes, city planning, quality control, septic systems, waste water issues, weather and zoning restrictions.
The best way to get educated and excited about Earthships homes is to learn directly from the experts. The Earthship Biotecture Academy teaches Earthship construction as a viable option for many eco minded people looking to transition to a smaller carbon footprint and sustainable lifestyle. Green Home Building shares highlights on Earthships and designing affordable and comfortable living quarters. Terra Dome Corporation has decades of construction and design experience and their version of earthship construction is impressive and inspiring. Check out #EarthshipBelize in a tropical location near the Labaatun Mayan ruins in Belize.
Our blog shares simple strategies to help people embrace earth friendly conservation construction ideas like Earthship construction as an optin for healthy homes for people around the planet. As we discover the real long term cost for outdated bricks, cement, plastic and stick houses we realize the urgency to embrace more earthship homes in the US and other countries. A Scientific American story shares the benefits of earthship construction that can provide affordable, durable and energy efficient housing which may be a great option for many people.
Healthy Habits & Habitats
In 2017 Morningstar NEWS will focus 50% on Healthy Habits and 50% on Healthy Habitats and Sustainable Systems. As we research and role model proven principles for our future Belize Eco Village and wellness center we are eager to share the wisdom we find. Our vision is attracting a wide variety of conscious and passionate people to help design, develop, build and live in our eco friendly, healthy, sustainable transition community. Being healthy as we invest, live, retire, travel, visit and work results from a happy, healthy and heavenly lifestyle. We invite ideas, insights and inspiration to help us focus our planning and progress. Sharing solutions, strategies, suggestions and systems will help all of us design and develop better eco communities.
Where is Your Gap?
What actions, behaviors, beliefs and decisions regarding your habits and habitats are impacting your happiness and health? What will it take to make better choices to avoid the health hazards of unhealthy homes? Investing in Earthships construction could provide a healthy habitat that offers great flexibility and value. Your investment of energy, money and time will help you understand the incentive to investigate the benefits of owning an earthship healthy home. Does supporting an ecological environment and sustainable standard of living sound appealing enough to check out how Earthship construction works?
Mastery Action Plan (MAP)
Our daily habits and habitats impact our happiness and health. There is a wealth of wisdom showing the benefits of building eco friendly adobe construction as a healthy habitat and wise choice. What are you willing to do to provide more sustainable housing choices? Creating a healthy habitat code of conduct and mastery action plan will enhance the quality of life now and in the future. We cannot sustain our happiness and health without healthy changes and choices. Are you ready to de-clutter and down size in order to build a Earthships that is modern, modular and more sustainable?
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