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Earthship: How to Build Your Own, Vol. 1 Paperback – September 1, 1990
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When I read his clean explanation about thermal mass, it instantly made everything so clearly how to build off-grid house.
Enough amount of material which has good thermal characteristics, i.e. soil or natural rock, works as heat energy storage.
Reynolds suggests at 4 ft to 5 ft depth from the ground, the average temperature is between 25 to 27 Celsius degrees year round. And utilizing the heat energy Earth provides indeed reduces fuel or energy consumption to maintain ambient temperature inside the building. Then he explains how to determine water table, how to maximize solar energy in visible light spectrum on the following chapters.
Using old tires as container of buck soil is cheap, alternative method of achieving thermal mass. Earthbag or other technology are alternative option to do the same thing IMHO.
It's feasible and definitely help out people who want to have better life if they can afford easy-to-build, low cost, environmental friendly house. And the house provides own power even food year round. Considering the fact that conventional house requires huge amount of fuel cost that exceeds the construction cost within two or three decades, off-grid house is real solution.
Combining Permaculture with off-grid house is something most people hardly conceive nowadays. Suppose you have a house that provides electric power, don't cost external fuel, and organic, fresh food year round, you will have freedom in true sense.
This - along w/ Michael's other volumes - is a dreambook, full of inspiration and imagination
After reviewing every video and reading everything I can about this man I'am just simply amazed about earthships.
I live in Florida but I'am from northern Maine,because of the ships I think I can survive the Maine weather again.
My plan is to start building one within the next two years,and I do think it will be the first of it's kind in Maine.
The book was outstanding!!!!