Self-sustaining, can be totally off-grid, modern homes constructed from locally-sourced, reclaimed materials. Earthships can be built in any part of the world, in any climate and still provide comfort, electricity, potable water, contained sewage treatment and sustainable food production.
Earthships are thermal mass homes first, passive solar homes second. Meaning: Whatever temperature goes into an Earthship, it will hold and since it is also a Passive Solar House, it is also very tight and interacts only with the sun and the earth for heating and cooling, providing stable comfort year round in any climate.
The passive house design is ultra-insulated, sealed tight and can have some or all earthship systems: electricity, potable water, contained sewage treatment and sustainable food production.
Passive design strategy carefully models and balances a comprehensive set of factors including heat emissions from appliances and occupants to keep the building at comfortable and consistent indoor temperatures throughout the heating and cooling seasons. As a result, passive buildings offer tremendous long -term benefis in addition to energy efficiency.
Passive building principles can be applied to all building types from single-family homes to apartment building to offices and skyscrapers.
Conventional building layouts using sustainable materials and system. Looks like a conventional home, but acts like an earthship. Can include some or all of the earthship systems: electricity, potable water, contained sewage treatment and sustainable food production. Craftsman designs, Colonial designs, Standard American Homes designs and more.