The tire is indigenous all over the world as a “natural resource”. Every city is a natural supplier of this item. It can be “harvested” with absolutely no technical devices or energy other than two human hands to pick it up and throw it into a pickup truck. The automobile tire is definitely an indigenous material to every heavily populated area of the planet. It is readily available without the energy and economic impact of shipping to every potential building site.

Tire shops have to pay to dispose of tires. Most Tire shops will be happy for you to take their tires. In some cases, you can approach your local landfill and get your tires there.

tire-pile-oviewOnly take certain tire sizes.
235 16s for course 1, 2 and 3
235 15s for course 4 and 5
225 15s for course 6 and 7
215 15s for course 8 and 9
305 15s for course 10  (14s can be used on the top course)

Wear gloves and load the tires properly and securely in whatever vehicle and/or trailer you are using.

Store tires in a safe place covered with plastic.

What is an Earthship Home?

An Earthship is a type of passive solar house that is made of both natural and upcycled materials (such as earth-packed tires). Earthships can be completely off-grid or partially off-grid.

Earthships can be built in any part of the world, in any climate (with a permit) and still provide electricity, potable water, contained sewage treatment and sustainable food production.

Earthships are thermal mass homes first, passive solar homes second.

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. This results in being able to provide a sustainable home on property that may not be situated to the ideal of 13.5 degrees east of south.

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