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  • Series: Earthship
  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Solar Survival Pr; 1ST edition (November 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962676713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962676710
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2000
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I went to Taos and toured some of the "Earth Ship" houses, and they were wonderful. I bought the books there and read them cover to cover (on the way home). These books are full of good, practical, information. If you have access to old tires, empty cans, clay mud, you could build your own house. I haven't done a house yet, but I've done some other interesting projects using these principles. This particular book deal most with the parts of an Earth Ship house and how they all work together. It has more how to information than the others, I thought.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 2002
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Michael Reynolds definately walks the walk. I first heard of Earthships several years ago, but didn't give it much thought until, driving just beyond the Rio Grande Gorge outside of Taos, I saw a collection of them. To say I was impressed would be an understatement. What Michael has done, first publicized to my knowledge in this book, has been astonishing.

The book talks about his concept of the Earthship, how to build them, how they work, and how you, too can live virtually independant of the large grid of services available to you, and that in many ways makes you work for the system itself!

This book of ideas has evolved and been thoroughly vetted in real life in 3 developments around Taos and countless other places in the world (mostly in the Western US) -- so it is a lot less experimental than you might think. The novelty mostly resides with our unfamiliarity with the Earthship.

The structures are partially buried, with load bearing walls made of earth rammed old tyres, non load bearing walls built of cans, with greywater systems supported by rain catchwater. PV and wind powered, with food and other plants grown in the house, the premise is as close to total self sufficiency as one might be able to get. Philosophically, nearly a perfect expression of that desire. Practically, it seems to deliver, which sets itself apart from many other building methods and philosophies.

In this age of unreliable utilities, uncertain prices of fuels, corrupt business leaders, bankrupt corporations and politics bought and paid for by institutions whose motives are quentionable, such a book and underlying philosphy seems relevant like no other time similar except the early 1970's.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By V. Lehman on September 3, 2012
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As many here have done years ago I happened to come across Greater World on my way to Colorado because the snow was pretty thin that year in Taos. Passing the Rio Grande over the high bridge on Hiway 64 and it is impossible now to miss the Earthships. Right away the genius behind the design is apparent. At the time the visitors center was just one building as this was before Mikes times of troubles with the County over the sub division laws. To this day the visitors center is a real source of inspiration even though it is now in a newer structure. Having spent some time asking questions and really opening my mind to the concept I bought all three books on the spot that day and read them cover to cover.
Next trip to the area and I purchased land and proceeded to build with permit. These three books were with me every step of the way and are the absolute must have manuals on how our Earthships evolved and are still evolving. Start here at Amazon..BUY THESE BOOKS if you are sick and tired of the run around mess we in the "first world" are sinking into. You CAN do this, and you should! If your heart is telling you to read this far then it is a sign you are already in the mindset needed to complete your own Earthship home as I did. Buy a copy of DVD Garbage Warrior here on Amazon too. If this video and these three books do not get you off your couch and out on your own land pounding tires then you have no one but yourselves to point fingers at when the bills arrive each month! Book one is the basic design. Some things have evolved because Mike Reynolds knows that in all shifts of perspective in mechanical and architectural design, we learn from trial and error. The original Earthships with slanted glass are actually too effective in solar gain in most places. We learned from experience.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Munday on September 9, 2009
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I'm not sure where to begin. Michael Reynolds covers so many aspects of what it takes to build a responsible home, many may not like the EartShip styles but just implementing his thoughts and designs on standard homes (rainwater collection, grey water recycling and more) could do a whole hell of a lot of good.

His creativity and reuse of what would otherwise be waste are excellent, the book well covers the ideas and he gets the message across like a champ.
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By barbara j conton on June 30, 2014
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essential alternative building resource
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By tank d on January 29, 2014
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this book is really informative. Although it is relatively old (published in the 90's) it still has lots of valuable info
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