New Earthships capture more energy, water & food at lower cost

With walls made from old tires packed with earth, as well as upcycled glass bottles and cans, Earthships have always been built with mainly found materials. The home provides its own energy (with photovoltaics and and geothermal tubes), water (rainwater and even dew-water capture) and grows food in the essential greenhouse (necessary for temperature regulation and for filtering the water to be reused).

Costs range from $100,000 for a Simple Survival model to $1.5 million for the top-of-the-line Global design. Biotecture h as justcompleted their first Encounter: an affordable model that provides all the power, water and good of a more costly home.

has been building Earthships for the past 8 years, both her own home, and community projects in places like Malawi and Puerto Rico. She gave us a tour of the first Encounter build, as well as the Global model she is test-living.

We stopped in at the Encounter build #3 where foreman Phil Basehart pounded tires and explained how the Encounter compares to other models.


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  1. Thanks for the super interesting tour. Your guide did a great job explaining all the systems, and the overall concept of the design.
    Taos is a wonderful little town, and the Earthship community is one of the reasons why.
    We took a tour of one of these a few years ago, and are seriously considering buying/building one for ourselves.
    Good Vibrations

  2. One tree only?!Bit confounded by this. Why don’t the community plant trees on his barren land? What would help the environment more than that.?

  3. I’m thinking the other direction. I want to see saltwater everglades with freshwater fruit trees grafted on. We can get all of our food from the ocean, even apples and bananas.

  4. I need an earthship design for eastern US.
    How do we find this info?
    Yes, a model for temperate rainforest in Southern Appalachian area.

  5. The UK Grand Designs program followed an English couple who went to France and built a tyre/rammed earth home. They had help from people who travelled the world teaching others how to make these kind of homes. In exchange for their knowledge and labour they were given gourmet style cooking and somewhere to stay.

  6. Did they recently begin receiving ad money from this videos? Don’t remember seeing so many ad stops when I watched before

  7. Beautiful houses, but here in Europe we actually have a recycling system and glas bottles, alu cans and tires will not go to landfill, it’s actually restricted. Can you something else?

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