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Earthships – Houses Built of Trash

September 23, 2021

These ecological buildings made out of recycled materials are completely self-sustaining. No need for water electricity, gas, or any other governmental owned resources. Instead, these self-sufficient houses use solar heating, catch rainwater and produce their own power. This all doesn’t imply that they are rustique or uncomfortable.

The sky is the limit

The options for earth ships are endless. Even casino edifices could be constructed based on these simple principles. A casino developer could transfer the physical slot machines into digital ones, to avoid a drastic rise of power generating tools.

Earthships - Houses Built Out Of Trash

Earthships – Houses Built of Rubbish

Although the electrical consumption could be easily produced, it doesn’t really align with the whole philosophy of these peculiar buildings. On the other hand, the real slot machines would attract more people what would result in more jobs.

Let’s have a closer look at the construction of a school in Latin America’s built on these principles.

The 270 square meter structure was accomplished in under seven weeks on the shore of Jaureguiberry, Canelones. Its framework consists of around 60% recycled materials (e.g. car tires, cans, glass bottles, plastic) and 40% traditional forms.

The building uses nature’s elements to generate power, heat and has water.

To achieve this the surroundings, need to be positioned right. For example, facing the North in order to maximize the incoming light.

Built up

A strong retaining wall built of roofs filled with sand and compacted gravel surrounds the building to the south, confining the sand and earth slope at the back.

This method, in addition to boosting heat capacity, allows covering the entire system of reserve and collection of rainwater emerging from the cover, as well as incorporating a series of tubes that generate cross circulation of fresh air in the summer through the classroom through natural convective processes. The pipes may be shut in the winter, and the heat created by the north corridor’s greenhouse effect allows for air conditioning in the classrooms.

The north corridor, in turn, allows for food production via an indoor garden. Photovoltaic panels and a central energy storage system create electricity.

The constructive methodology comprises a social involvement. Not only will the school be built quicker with many participants, but knowledge will also be passed, and the local community will be heavily involved.

Altogether there were more than 150 persons that assisted in building the school.

There were volunteers, students from Uruguay, students from the United States, Students from Asia, students from at least 30 different countries.

Modern world

The majority of people live in cities and think they can’t live without their modern luxury. This is why concepts from earthships and other sustainable designs should be made accessible to everyone.

In Santa Fe, New Mexico, one such complex has begun construction. It’s named Oshara Village, and while there won’t be any recycled tires, solar heating and water reclamation will be available. In addition, unlike other earthships, restaurants and businesses will all be within walking distance.

In our everchanging world ruled by capitalism, where technology demands more and more energy, although many resources are running dry, we need to focus on a more sustainable lifestyle.

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