The Latest News – Sustainable Solutions

  • 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

  • Wool Insulation: Healthy and Safe Spaces

    wool insulation installAhead-of-the-trend green builders, architects, and homeowners are excited about using healthy, sustainable sheep’s wool insulation for new construction, and retrofitting existing homes and businesses. An all-natural fiber evolved by Mother Nature to surmount even the most extreme environmental conditions, wool wicks away moisture naturally without rotting or molding, while holding warm air in during winter and keeping it out during summer. Sheep’s wool has long… Read more…

    Published on November 11, 2017

  • Incredible Mini Earthship Style Cabin – Tiny Off Grid House with Solar Power

    tiny earthshipIf you like the idea of living in tiny houses off the grid or if you're an avid supporter of the tiny house movement, then you'll love everything about earthship designs. One mini house at the Terra Perma Eco Resort in Quebec is structured to look and function much like a traditional earthship. Earthships are passive, solar houses that are comprised of both upcycled and… Read more…

    Published on November 10, 2017

  • GFX Heat-Exchangers – Re-use heat from greywater

    GFX-DrawingAn increasing amount of attention is being given to the important role heat exchangers perform in many applications. Heat exchangers have been used in commercial and industrial applications for some time; however, there are many heat streams overlooked, including the huge amount of energy being wasted through the drain plumbing systems. Can we afford to continue to let this energy slip away? Heat can easily… Read more…

    Published on November 10, 2017

  • How can we eliminate fossil fuels?

    photovoltaic array wind modulesRenewable forms of energy are better for the environment than fossils fuels, and technological improvements have dramatically lowered their cost while improving efficiency. So why are we still using oil and coal? The increased investment in renewable energy in recent years has been extraordinary, and renewables are now cheaper and more efficient than ever before. Wind is powering a record-breaking number of homes, massive hydroelectric… Read more…

    Published on November 10, 2017

  • Disaster Management Lessons learned from 2017

    puerto rico disaster reliefAs governments, businesses, insurers and others tally the economic losses from this year's natural catastrophes, some are already planning ahead for what’s next. About one-third of organizations see Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Typhoon Hato, the earthquakes in Mexico and other disasters as catalysts to re-evaluate their emergency planning, according to a poll taken during a recent Marsh webcast. A somewhat surprising number, however, said they were… Read more…

    Published on November 8, 2017

  • The power plant of the future is in your home

    solar electricityThe price of solar power has fallen dramatically in the past four decades. This wonderful development has empowered individuals to install solar panels in their homes and produce their own energy. Individuals with home solar have become more independent and can avoid potential increases in electricity bills from utilities. Moreover, it allows homeowners to better control and reduce their greenhouse gas footprint. The cost of… Read more…

    Published on November 8, 2017

  • Energy Use and Savings in Greenhouses

    Agrylist analytics for your greenhouseThe 164 greenhouses managed by CUAES host 400+ research projects year round. With 177,000 square feet it is the largest noncommercial facility in New York. Greenhouses provide the controlled environment needed for innovative research, but they are very energy intensive and expensive to light, heat and cool. To sustain agriculture, in the face of a changing climate, we must continue to maintain a strong capacity… Read more…

    Published on November 7, 2017

  • Pink Greenhouses can grow food and make electricity

    earthship kinglake australia greenhouse interiorBy tweaking the glass roof panels of greenhouses, scientists have engineered a way to effectively grow indoor crops and gather power from the sun at the same time. In tests, the special pink glass generated enough solar electricity to control greenhouse temperatures, according to a new study. “This technology has the potential to take greenhouses offline…which helps lower greenhouse gas emissions even more,” the scientists… Read more…

    Published on November 6, 2017

  • Water as Thermal Mass: Liquid Thermal Mass

    water as thermal massWater has a volumetric heat capacity more than twice that of concrete, three times that of bricks and readily absorbs and releases its heat to the surrounding atmosphere. So we can absorb either twice as much heat as in the same volume of concrete or the same amount in only half the volume. There are a number of examples of water tanks being built into… Read more…

    Published on November 6, 2017

  • There is a concrete roof that generates power from the sun.

    concrete roof prototypeResearchers in Switzerland have developed a new form of molded roofing capable of harvesting solar power. The design is expected to help a residential building produce more energy than it uses up. Read more…

    Published on November 3, 2017

  • St. Louis to Get all of Its power from Clean Sources

    St. Louis became the 47th American city to set a goal of getting all of its electricity from clean, noncarbon sources with a vote by local lawmakers Friday — a significant watershed given its long-standing ties to the fossil fuel industry. The unanimous vote by the Board of Aldermen commits the city to transition to solar, wind and other renewable energy sources by 2035. The… Read more…

    Published on November 1, 2017

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