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Old 02-15-2011, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Taos, NM
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Hi Everyone,
I just bought a piece of land in Taos, NM and am beginning construction on my off the grid home in April. I'm building the most recent version of a building called an Earthship. It will have rain water catchment, passive solar/geothermal heating and cooling, solar and possibly wind powered electricity and a gray/black water system. I am going to be documenting the entire process on the Web. I'm posting here because I imagine this could be a helpful resource for those thinking about building their own off the grid home. I'm very interested in being self sustainable and I want to raise some animals and have a small scale farm, so once the house is done I'll move on to documenting that as well.

I've been building Earthships with the Earthship Biotecture crew for the past couple of years so I'm going into this with a decent background, but I know it's going to be quite a journey nonetheless. So I hope you find this helpful. I'm also accepting volunteers that want to help build the house, so if you or anyone you know wants learn how to build their own just let me know!

Check it out http://www.offthegridbuild.com!

Dan
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:48 AM
 
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Dan, the hotwater/plumbing system was of great interest to us. We have a off-grid strawbale in the mountains above Taos & are beginning the work on the plumbing, although we do have a great solar well/pump so catchment will only be for gardening. We got the solar panel for the hot water system like your demo pictures for $15 at a garage sale- a great score. We just got lots of ideas from your demo pics. Good job putting that part of the blog together. What companies will you get your hot water heaters from or does Mike Reynolds deal in them?
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Taos, NM
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Dan, the hotwater/plumbing system was of great interest to us. We have a off-grid strawbale in the mountains above Taos & are beginning the work on the plumbing, although we do have a great solar well/pump so catchment will only be for gardening. We got the solar panel for the hot water system like your demo pictures for $15 at a garage sale- a great score. We just got lots of ideas from your demo pics. Good job putting that part of the blog together. What companies will you get your hot water heaters from or does Mike Reynolds deal in them?
Congratulations on your home! I know first hand how exciting it is to building one with your own two hands. Wow, that really was a steal. Did you get a closed loop system that runs glycol through a hot water tank or did you get the design that heats air that runs to your actual hot water supply tank? I could use one for $15 too!! I'm actually not too sure of the brand of the solar water heater, but I do know that Earthship Biotecture distributes them. I will definately be posted about that when I get to it.

If you ever want to come down and see the progress being made, I'm at the Greater World community off 64 and will be getting started in April.
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:13 PM
 
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It was a lot of work since we did it all without power tools, just our own 4 hands & hand tools. We are truly off grid & can't get heavy machinery or large trucks into our place. However, we did have the experience of helping friends ram earth with a sledge into tires for their house- that was the hardest work we have ever done! So I really admire you earthship builders!

Virtually someone was throwing it away- it is a closed loop system.

Earthship Biotecture is synonymous with Michael Reynolds, right? We haven't been up to Earthshipville in ages- but sometime this summer when we make a trip down to Taos we'll have to cruise around.
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:59 PM
 
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Hi Everyone,
I just bought a piece of land in Taos, NM and am beginning construction on my off the grid home in April. I'm building the most recent version of a building called an Earthship. It will have rain water catchment, passive solar/geothermal heating and cooling, solar and possibly wind powered electricity and a gray/black water system. I am going to be documenting the entire process on the Web. I'm posting here because I imagine this could be a helpful resource for those thinking about building their own off the grid home. I'm very interested in being self sustainable and I want to raise some animals and have a small scale farm, so once the house is done I'll move on to documenting that as well.

I've been building Earthships with the Earthship Biotecture crew for the past couple of years so I'm going into this with a decent background, but I know it's going to be quite a journey nonetheless. So I hope you find this helpful. I'm also accepting volunteers that want to help build the house, so if you or anyone you know wants learn how to build their own just let me know!

Check it out Dan Richfield's Earthship Build !

Dan
Sounds great! For many years I've wanted to help build an earthship, as I hope to build my own some day and could use the practice. And seeing as how I'm currently unemployed, It would be really cool to help build yours, the tricky part being how to get down there.
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:14 AM
 
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I've been very interested in Earthships and other earth-sheltered designs for many years now. One day I hope to bring such a building to fruition. Whatever form my future house ultimately takes, it is going to be off-the-grid, and a fairly sustainable homestead, either way. That's my goal.

Though many here who are interested in Earthships might be aware of it already, but Mike Reynolds had a documentary made about him called Garbage Warriors. I enjoyed watching it.

For those who might have an interest and had not heard of it, here is the movie trailer: (see video linked below)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlBadkb-xqw
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:41 PM
 
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Though many here who are interested in Earthships might be aware of it already, but Mike Reynolds had a documentary made about him called Garbage Warriors. I enjoyed watching it.]
Thanks FTA!

Actually, I found the full-length video on youtube:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1cUa4yWQp4

Very interesting!
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:53 AM
 
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Im interesting in building one too! I'm looking at land in Beryl, UT, and I dont really know what to ask or do as far as finding out about building regulations that may not permit earthships. Any advice?
Thanks
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Taos, NM
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Hi Quietlike,

Yes, Earthship Biotecture has a map where US counties in green are known to be places where building codes allow Earthships and counties in red do not allow them. check it out:
Pockets of Freedom

It doesn't look like your county is listed in the map, so the best thing to do would be to go to the town hall or county/town office buildings and ask which department handles building permits and ask them.

Good luck!

Dan
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:13 AM
 
Location: central Indiana
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Hi Quietlike,

Yes, Earthship Biotecture has a map where US counties in green are known to be places where building codes allow Earthships and counties in red do not allow them. check it out:
Pockets of Freedom

It doesn't look like your county is listed in the map, so the best thing to do would be to go to the town hall or county/town office buildings and ask which department handles building permits and ask them.

Good luck!

Dan
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