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#292799 - 08/12/08 11:13 AM Earthship...Belize?
Laguna Punta Offline
Been interested to research the Earthship. Its a interesting concept and a search under Earthship is well worthwhile. It even had a construction of an Earthship home in Nicaragua in, I believe, 14 days that can be viewed in a in time delay video. They have Earthship communities in Taos, New Mexico...land of the weird. So...save yo tires, plastic, and energy.
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#312154 - 11/24/08 07:23 PM Re: Earthship...Belize? [Re: Laguna Punta]
john6127 Offline
I have heard that Earthships are a wonderful technology for dry parts of the world but it becomes difficult to control the humidity levels in wetter climes - such as Belize!

#312189 - 11/25/08 01:04 AM Re: Earthship...Belize? [Re: john6127]
Katie Valk Offline
Mike Reynolds who developed the Earthship came to Belize yrs ago to look at a possible project here that never happened.
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#316846 - 01/04/09 02:45 AM Re: Earthship...Belize? [Re: Laguna Punta]
skippy Offline
The Mennonites were 50 years ahead of him. And they didn't do it to be trendy.
I hope that someday we can put aside our fears and prejudices and just laugh at people.

#429771 - 02/07/12 05:42 AM Re: Earthship...Belize? [Re: Laguna Punta]
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Earthship Belize: http://earthship.com/belize

Earthship Biotecture is looking for ten apprentices to work alongside experienced Earthship crew members
on the retrofit of an existing post and beam structure. Help us show a community in Belize how to recycle byproducts
of modern living into sustainable buildings that have autonomous systems.

Live in paradise while you learn.

This will begin with a three week session - 12th through 30th of March - 2012

Earthship Biotecture
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#429815 - 02/07/12 04:14 PM Re: Earthship...Belize? [Re: Laguna Punta]
Katie Valk Offline
Thats my old friend Mike, who has been here before, very interesting work he does.
Belize based travel specialist

#429900 - 02/08/12 02:38 PM Re: Earthship...Belize? [Re: Laguna Punta]
Diane Campbell Offline
If I'm not mistaken, the 1966 photo on the earthship website features our own Jim Scott on the left?

#429912 - 02/08/12 02:49 PM Re: Earthship...Belize? [Re: Laguna Punta]
Diane Campbell Offline
We met a man who had a rammed-earth home. He was fascinated by the "green" idea of taking old tires and recycling them into a structure. I think they did it in NM and the finished home was stunning. He said he started with the idea it would not only be a good green project but also cheaper than conventional stuff.
The base of the structure is tires with dirt pounded into the cavities, then you use the tires to make a thick, well insulated wall. Anyway...... the tires are free, so how bad can this cost get? He said he had a big piece of land so the dirt was also free ..... so how bad can this cost get? Well ..... he had a line-item for wages and marajuana for the dirt-pounders that ran this construction method up about 50% over conventional construction. I think the lesson on a lot of this earth-ship stuff is that it is labour intensive. In a place where people work for pennies a day and there is lots of extra dirt and/or sand, maybe it makes tons of sense, but in other places the economics just don't work. Even the bullet-proof house project in Nigeria (plastic bottles with sand in them) began to run into source-of-sand issues.
So...... going green and recycling - YES, fantastic! But think it through all the way before you start. The devil is in the details. I like the ideas - and the end product can be tons of fun --- but the enthusiasts often overlook local circumstances and waste a lot of time.


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