This House in Adelaide Was Built With $170K and a Lot of Used Tyres
Night is close to falling across the Adelaide Hills as a permaculture group talks about what Martin Freney should be planting around his earthship when it’s finally done. Down the hill is Marty’s earthship, which is an ideal home for anyone who fears the coming environmental apocalypse and is looking for a cushy place to ride it out.
An earthship is an off-the-grid, entirely self-sustaining house that’s able to provide all life’s essentials. It grows its own food, balances its temperature, collects its own water, produces its own power, recycles its wastewater and is built using materials like dirt, used tyres, and beer cansâ€”all stuff that absorbs heat during the day and pushes it back out at night.
Excusing himself from the group, Marty shows me around his nearly-complete home. He’s not nearly that hardcore when it comes to the self-sufficiency side of it, although he keeps bee hives and chickens nearby.
“It’s a good answer to lots of the problems coming at us with climate change and resource scarcity and expensive electricity, expensive water, expensive food,” Marty said when I asked why he decided to build this thing.
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