Incredible Small Off-Grid Earthship Home

This off-the-grid home in Adelaide, Australia is something completely different! An Earthship is a radically sustainable and self-sufficient building which uses a combination of modern off-grid technology, super clever passive solar design techniques and a whole lot of recycled materials (including trash) all mixed with building techniques to create an , home.

The small Earthship home was built by Martin and Zoe, as a to create Australia's first council approved Earthship. Together (and with a lot of volunteer labour) they have worked within the system to create a truly impressive small home.

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This Earthship is filled with impressive off-the-grid technology, including solar power, rain-water collection, water filtration and much more. The home also uses clever passive technologies such as it's passive solar design and even a natural cooling system using underground tubes. Beyond all that though, it's beautiful. The design and finish of this home are sure to leave you impressed! I hope you enjoy the full tour of this amazing small !

Visit Earthship Ironbank's website to find out more about it's construction. You can even book a BnB stay and experience it for yourself:

Presented and Produced by: Bryce Langston

Editing: Rasa Pescud

‘Living Big in a House' © 2018 Zyia Pictures Ltd


  1. 12:57 A free “reverse” cycle air conditioner. The ground heats up at the end of summer and stays warm for most of winter, and cools down by the end of winter and cools the place in summer (and so-on). Is that how it works? Really cool stuff (pun intended in summer only).

  2. It’s so sad to hear the terms “Strange Construction Materials” and “Unusual Building” when talking about Earthships. It’s 100% because of the Timber and Construction Industry lobbying Governments to standardize Construction to THEIR methods so that they can save a few bucks. Earthships, while not terribly attractive to some, are literally the best possible way to construct a Dwelling.

  3. Love the look & size of this home and the way it was filmed, very nice indeed. Just need to flip the house for a Canadain placement. Good idea greenhouse windows, no slop, to keep snow off. and not to much heat in. I’d sneek the gray water back in.

  4. What about if you have your gray water go through a filter ization process? Such as going through Stone, through sand, through charcoal, through sand, through Stone, through , but they allowed it then to be able to use on your garden? I like your design.

  5. This is not new in Africa. Most old houses and village house are all made from the earth….well with the exception of the glass windows and the solar of course.

  6. Bureaucracy is for raising money. Nice to see an Aussie earthship. There are some others around Australia, but maybe not council approved?

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