Earthship Homes: Affordable, Energy-Efficient Building

Architect Michael Reynolds uses tires and aluminum cans to create Earthships, energy-efficient homes that retain solar energy in their walls. With this technique, you can build an affordable house without any homebuilding expertise.



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Mike Reynolds' Earthship. The house is literally carved out of the hillside.
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By leaving the south side of the Earthships exposed to the sun, Mike Reynolds' tire houses are heated almost entirely by passive solar heating combined with the principles of mass.
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Steel-belted walls: A closeup of the tire courses.
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Tires are laid in courses, like bricks. Cans are used for interior walls as well as exterior construction.
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Archetecture students as well as future Earthship owners can get hands-on training, as Mike Reynolds (with beard) leads a seminar on building an Earthship.
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Archetecture students as well as future Earthship owners can get hands-on training, as Mike Reynolds (with beard) leads a seminar on building an Earthship.
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