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  • Minneapolis Apartment Buildings: One is Green and One is Not, a Comparison.

    Minneapolis Green Apartment BuildingsLook-alike apartment buildings in northeast Minneapolis showcase new ideas in energy efficiency. Apartment project in Mpls. features two buildings: One built with an emphasis on going green, another more traditional. At first glance a pair of side-by-side apartment buildings slated to be built on an industrial site in northeast Minneapolis look nearly identical. They are not. One building will be built to conventional construction specifications. The… Read more…

    Published on December 1, 2017

  • A Different Kind of Perpetual Motion Machine

    carbon dioxide moleculeTurning Carbon Emissions Into Fuel Sounds Like Perpetual Motion, But Real. Not exactly the clean energy you're used to. Factories and manufacturing plants power almost everything we do on a daily basis, but they also cause great harm to the plant by releasing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The threat these emissions pose to the environment has spurred a worldwide effort to develop alternate… Read more…

    Published on December 1, 2017

  • Tiny-House Inspired by Earthship Concepts

    earthship inspired tiny house steve living big tiny houseTiny living is affording a growing number of people financial freedom and a simpler, but more fulfilling lifestyle. Many are finding that they can live mortgage-free, without necessarily giving up more conventional paths to financial security. For example, some might be paying off a mortgage on a regular-sized home, but to do so, they rent it out and live in a tiny house out back,… Read more…

    Published on November 29, 2017

  • Earthship Lands in Myakka, Florida

    Construction Workshops for all levels of enthusiasts, Students & Pros December 11 through February 2. Volunteer Opportunities Earthships are advanced sustainable “off-the-grid/grid-ready" homes with minimal reliance on both public utilities and fossil fuels. These structures rely primarily on sun energy to power all a home’s power needs.  This Myakka, Florida earthship build provides an exceptional educational opportunity to learn hands-on skills that provides an ability to… Read more…

    Published on November 27, 2017

  • 7 steps to make your home more sustainable toward a green building

    At present, there are around seven billion people on the planet. And each one of us draws on the Earth’s natural resources. Unsurprisingly, this takes a huge toll on Mother Earth. This makes it imperative for each one of us to do our part when it comes to conserving our planet’s resources by pushing and going for more sustainable ways of living. We can start… Read more…

    Published on November 27, 2017

  • The Safety of Your Drinking Water

    Off-grid Water PumpsA recent report suggests that millions of Americans have good reason to worry about drinking water pollution. America’s drinking water infrastructure is aging and in serious need of modernization. Pipes are overdue for replacement, and water and wastewater treatment systems need upgrades to deal with new classes of pollutants. Changing a drinking water standard or adding a new substance to the list of contaminants regulated… Read more…

    Published on November 27, 2017

  • Windows that can generate electricity

    Solar Window“Smart windows” with the ability to generate electricity are the way of the future, and scientists are another step closer to making it a widespread reality. Dye-sensitized solar cells—which are thin, flexible materials that can create see-through electronic circuits—could equip buildings with windows that make electricity. One day, they could do it better than current solar panel technology. But a lack of understanding how the… Read more…

    Published on November 26, 2017

  • Vapor Barriers

    vapor barrier earthshipIn most climates, vapor barriers, or, more accurately, vapor diffusion retarders, should be part of a moisture control strategy for a home. A vapor barrier or vapor diffusion retarder is a material that reduces the rate at which water vapor can move through a material. The older term "vapor barrier" is still used even though "vapor diffusion retarder" is more accurate. The ability of a… Read more…

    Published on November 22, 2017

  • Colonizing the Moon has New Hopes

    moon base discovered by japanMoon Cave Colonization In October 2017, Japan’s Selenological and Engineering Explorer probe discovered a massive underground cave on the Moon. The space, which is 100 meters (328 feet) wide and 50 kilometers (31 miles) long, is being touted as a potential location for a lunar station. In fact, some experts are asserting that the best way to live on the Moon is in caves just like… Read more…

    Published on November 20, 2017

  • Solar Energy has become cheaper than coal

    solar photovoltaic arrayThere's no question wind and solar energy are now competitive with fossil fuels around the world on a per-kilowatt-hour basis, but they still face the challenge that they're intermittent sources of energy. The sun won't provide energy to make electricity at night and wind turbines only generate electricity about half the time, at best. For now, natural gas or another fossil fuel is needed to… Read more…

    Published on November 20, 2017

  • Solar micro-grids are not helping Puerto Rico

    In addition to its many other devastating human consequences, Hurricane Maria left the island of Puerto Rico with its power grid in ruins. Power was knocked out throughout the island, with an estimated 80 percent of its transmission and distribution wires incapacitated. When hospitals and other critical users could not get backup power and water supplies ran low, an extended outage became a humanitarian crisis… Read more…

    Published on November 19, 2017

  • Earthship buildings are fire resistant, not a total loss.

    earthship fire hondoThe Question of how a structural earth-rammed tire wall would do in a fire has long been an issue for which we could only offer an intelligent opinion. People think that because tire piles in tire dumps burn so easily and are so hard to put out, that an earth-rammed tire wall would be the same. Our answer has been to compare a pile of… Read more…

    Published on November 18, 2017

  • Packaged Earthship Model

    Packaged EarthshipA very simple and economical version of the  Earthship concept in terms of construction and building. Pre-designed drawings and partially prefabricated construction packages available.  • It can be adapted to any climate • It comes in any size • It comes as a split level for stepping up a hill • North/south dimensions cannot change but east/west can be as long as you like •… Read more…

    Published on November 17, 2017

  • Simple Survival Earthships

    florida-dome-bondbeamThe Simple Survival Model Earthship evolved from the very basic prototype we constructed in Haiti. The purpose of the original Haiti build was to reevaluate the concept of necessity. No matter how well the "developed world" Earthship prototypes worked, they were absolutely out of the budget of what could be achieved in Haiti. This caused us to take life itself to the basics and try… Read more…

    Published on November 17, 2017

  • Vaulted Roof Earthship

    vaulted earthship overviewTwo-bedroom, Two-bathroom Vaulted Global Model Earthship. The latest Earthship design. Better, more efficient in terms of performance and construction.  Fits better into the hands of the people. Its load-bearing walls are made of discarded tires filled with sledgehammer-rammed dirt, lined up and stacked eight feet high to form a U-shaped wall that could stop a truck in its tracks (which you certainly can’t say for traditional wood-framed… Read more…

    Published on November 17, 2017

  • Global Model Earthship

    Global Model Earthship Construction DrawingsOur most universal model for the developed world is the Global Model. It can be modified for almost any climate and comes in many sizes. It can also come in custom sizes. It has been built enough times that it has become a well oiled machine both in terms of performance and production. It costs around $230 per sf. The construction drawings range from $5,000 to… Read more…

    Published on November 17, 2017

  • Utah Citizens are Signing up for Solar Power in droves.

    suntegra solar shinglesMore than 4,000 Utahns signed up to install solar panels in the 10 days before Tuesday’s deadline, becoming the last residents who will get credit under Rocky Mountain Power’s current — and more generous — terms for excess electricity delivered to its grid. More than 3,000 of the roughly 4,300 applications were filed in the final four days. The utility’s net metering program reduces residents’… Read more…

    Published on November 17, 2017

  • Which type of insulation is right for your home?

    insulation batts installIn fall's natural progression toward hibernation and all things cozy, preparation for your house is often forgotten. Insulation for the home can seem intimidating, but don’t let that stop you from digging deeper. You’ll find that proper insulation is key for superior home comfort and increased energy savings. Read on for some information on why your home may need its own new coat this winter… Read more…

    Published on November 13, 2017

  • Permit granted for the EcoGuinea Earthship Library

    eco Guinea Earthship Library PermitPrimary School Hadjia Aicha Bah at Yimbaya Commune Matoto We are raising funds to teach Guinean people sustainable solutions through building a super sustainable library for primary school children. Pangea Builders is working with and teaching children at the primary school and the rest of the community.      Help build a sustainable earthship school library. In English:In response to your request for permission to… Read more…

    Published on November 13, 2017

  • How to Colonize Mars Succesfully, A Primer

    mars colony planviewHumanity will colonize Mars. It is inevitable. We cannot wait for everything to be perfect on Earth before we go to Mars (or the Moon). Colonizing Mars will unify Humanity in a way in which nothing else can. Pushing out into the great final frontier should be done as soon as possible with great importance. There are two schools of thought when colonizing new worlds.… Read more…

    Published on November 11, 2017

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