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A Passive Solar Tire Bale Home in Colorado — 3 Comments

  1. Thank you for posting this!

    We are trying to build the first tire bale home in New Mexico, and recently submitted our building plan to the state. As I understand it, Michael Shealy died unexpectedly (heart attack) in 2015, and as far as I can tell, only a handful of tire bale homes were built.

    It is a promising way to deal with the endless supply of scrap tires, and vastly less labor-intensive than the Earthship method (individual tires pounded full of dirt one-by-one with a sledgehammer). We are 2 retirees and needed a less labor-intensive way.

    Our house will also be a passive and active solar house with a south-facing greenhouse; earth bermed on the north side, and earth-plastered. We are off grid. We currently haul water (in a five-year arrangement with our closest neighbors) but will likely have to have a well dug eventually.

    Our next step is seeing if the state grants our permit…

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