Earthship / Discussions

How much does it cost to build an Earthship?

My partner and I want to build, live in, and potentially even rent out, an Earthship; a type of passive solar earth shelter that is made of both natural and up...

Posted by Robin Skidmore Dec. 17, 2020, 10:35 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Can my husband and I build an Earthship home in Michigan & how hands-on can we be?

...Earthship does not work well in a cold climate . They lack a few key components to be considered an ‘eco friendly’, or sustainable house, to specifically name t...

Posted by Kirsten Rogers Hearnes Jan. 17, 2021, 11:06 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Where do I start if I want to build a hobbit hole?

...Earthship, so I would recommend you read this page first – Why Earthships don’t work in cold climates The main reason Earthships are a flawed design is that...

Posted by Jasmine Myers Nov. 30, 2021, 9:17 p.m. Architecture and plan design 4 Responses

Do you have building partners in BC?

...Earthships work in cold climates? ' before building one. there is no real 'heating concept' for Earthships in Canada, the Earthship organization, as near as we ...

Posted by Jami Cruz April 13, 2020, 12:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

Could we use a raft slab with ICF walls on a sloped site?

...Earthship) in west-central Alberta. Because of the sloping grade, footers below frost would require a number of different depths to stay 4+ feet below grade. I ...

Posted by Paul Fischer Sept. 15, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...earthship idea but have read the flaws in Canada, I just like the thought of it kind of running itself. I have no money yet but need a goal to get there becau...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Which is best between well water vs rain water harvesting?

...Earthship pages, but those are little more than gimmick homes that should never have been exported out of the desert. You can read more here, where we do discus...

Posted by dean c April 24, 2020, 4:40 p.m. Rainwater harvesting 1 Responses

What are your thoughts on using large flax straw bales (4x4) to build in Saskatchewan?

...Earthship. Moving from the small bales to large ones will mean it can go much quicker, but you’ll need machinery as you won’t be able to lift them into place by...

Posted by Al Birchard Nov. 11, 2019, 12:56 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

Is it possible to connect greenhouse with the building?

...Earthship that makes sense for building in cold climates, certainly not the greenhouse portion. You can read an in-depth analysis of the Earthship and learn why...

Posted by Julia Jedrys March 31, 2020, 6:47 p.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

How do you install earth tubes for passive heating and cooling?

...Earthship. Is that what you are referring to? If so, all we would say to that is, just don’t. See this page on why Earthships don’t work in cold climates and sc...

Posted by Nancy Arevalo Aug. 19, 2021, 1:08 a.m. Passive solar home design 2 Responses