Earthship Underground House Tour- Sustainable and Net Zero Living…

“Towards Sustainable and Zero Living”

Derek “Deek” Diedricksen visits an Earthship ( architectural brainchild of Michael Reynolds) in Taos, New Mexico. The particular model, like many others, features earth berm air intakes, a recycling system for its water, and luxury of two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and even a two car garage! Ashley Turin gives us a full out tour of this, one of the newest Earthship builds on the compound. This sustainable and passive solar home just may give you a few ideas for your own designs.


  1. OMG Absolutely bloody stunning!!!! Ashleigh blew me away with her knowledge and her articulation, huge kudos to her. I would love to be able to afford an earthship for a home here in Australia. Michelle

  2. Loved this tour! We visited the same community in May and toured the sample earthship that is a similar design. Neat to see it as an actual home.

  3. VIEGAS are made of pine.
    VIEGA is a SUPPORT BEAM in english.
    The mud we use to “paint” or “fill in” cracks or spaces hardens….we can also make bricks made out of mud n water…. by molding them, then having them “bake” in the sun.

  4. Nice tour, Deek. Michael Reynolds has long been one of my heroes. His work informs my understanding of passive environmental systems. Reynolds, with formal architectural training, early on said ‘F- the corporate world, I’m doing something real and meaningful’ and quit his job and moved to Taos. He embodies Robert Frost’s poem — The Road Not Taken.
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

    I took the one less traveled by,

    And that has made all the difference.

    The Man rocks!

  5. Very nice tour! I saw some fairly big electric demands for an “off grid” home without any mention of big battery banks…I’m wondering if it might be actually on the grid but with solar assist?

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