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Earthbag Earthship in Belgium — 7 Comments

  1. I’ve wonder why more earthship builders don’t cut off one of the sidewalls first, like this guy…

    http://www.touchtheearthranch.com/goatshed.htm

    Bound to be way faster for filling/compacting than the old-fashioned way. Maybe not as fast as earthbags, but tires are usually free, you don’t have to protect them from sunlight, and it keeps ’em out of the landfill.

    • That may speed things up a bit, although it takes time to cut one side of the tire off. Tires are definitely slower than earthbags. Just look at those giant spaces between tires that have to be filled. So yeah, you can get tires for free, but you can often get recycled bags.

  2. No doubt earthbag earthships will become popular. They are a fantastic design, should be relatively straightforward to build.

    There would be something very special about having a greenhouse as part of your house.

    I notice that many Earthship designs have the greenhouse area separated by a wall (often a glass wall) from the living areas, but not all do. If the greenhouse area is kept open would there be mould problems?

    http://earthbagplans.wordpress.com/2010/11/10/zero-energy-four/

    Love it!

    • It’s best to think of a greenhouse like this as a buffer zone, because humans and plants have different requirements. So it’s way better to put a wall between the greenhouse and living space. Add vents and fans to circulate the air into the home when desired, but close off the greenhouse when appropriate (cold nights…).

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