The Waiheke earthship planned build date of Feb 2014 has been pushed out as constuction drawings by Mike Reynolds have taken a lot longer than anticipated and are still in progress. Once plans from Earthship Biotecture have been completed they will need further work by NZ architect Graeme North to get them into a format to meet NZ building consent requirements, and then there is the consent process itself to go through. Summer’s the time for building an earthship so if the consent isn’t in place in time for a build this summer then it will take place towards the end of 2014. We’re hoping that the extra time it’s taking to get suitable construction details drawn up will help the plans sail through Council, who so far have been positive about the consenting process.
EARTHSHIP IRONBANK – building a permitted simple survival model Earthship in the Adelaide hills.
Earthship Ironbank is the work of Martin Freney - designer and Earthship enthusiast – in the Adelaide hills, South Australia. Martin started the tyre work for Earthship Ironbank in 2009 when Michael Reynolds was in town for seminars, and the idea grew to design and permit a simple survival style one bedroom Earthship. Martin works for the university of South Australia as an industrial designer, and so did the design and drafting himself, and took it to a private certifier and engineer before going to council to get it approved. By mid 2013 he had the go ahead and building started Jan 6th 2014, with a 5 week workshop consisting of 25 interns and 10 crew.
The Adalaide hills gave us everything from 2 day down pours to 45 degree scorchers and bush fire evacuations. The building gave us easy times (wonderful clay onsite for cob) and difficult times (especially the concrete form work without cans and excessive steel requests from engineers). The food was unreal, the people enthusiastic and passionate, and the community formed will never be forgotten. Number of people changed by this event – everyone.
Martin Freney (owner) right, Rosa Henderson (crew) left
This building will be a B&B when completed, to give people a chance to really experience living in an Earthship. Martin is also doing his extended Phd work here, having numerous temperature sensors in around and through this building, measuring inside and outside temperatures throughout the year and charting how the temperatures stabilise inside the building. Work will continue on this building in April with a 2 week natural finishes workshop.
More info at earthshipironbank.com.au
To request a summery of the build details (materials, design, permitting, internship) or questions or comments please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch this space!
3 weeks work on the miniship in North Canterbury has just finished, leaving our beautiful golden domed temple very nearly finished. We did final plaster on the roof, followerd by sealing and coloring the dome. Water catchment was built, plastered and sealed with a slope for water to run to the scupper (built from rebar and plastered) to bring the water direct to the barrel. The exterior walls too alot to pack out with cans, before getting to planster, and will get a green sealer to complete the outside.
Inside, the walls were given numerous plaster coats of cob (clay soil, sand, straw or wheat paste and slaked lime) to pack out the tyres and sculpt around the window and door. Inside the ceiling, the fabric was removed, and a lime wash was painted on in 2 coats. Outside, we built a seat and a planter, and we also installed a beautiful wee fire.
Big thank you to everyone involved, final final finishes (interior plaster, floor and tile) will happen in spring.
A full set of images and a video walk through are here at Earthship New Zealand (on fb) and anyone is welcome to contact me with questions or requests.
“The Malawi flower has happened. Three rooms, two toilets, and a shower are built.
We want to thank the local people of Kapita who made all of us feel at home while we worked with them.
We want to thank the student soldiers who helped to both finance and build this project.
We want to thank Empower Malawi for facilitating the initial beginnings of this project.
We want to thank the many who donated and are still donating funds toward this project.
We want to thank the Earthship crew for another amazing performance.
We all became an Earthship family of seventy working toward a single goal for that two weeks.
The project ended with a full moon and full hearts.
Earthship Biotecture plans to provide them with the funds to purchase materials over the next few months.
Our goal for this will be $60,000 that we will provide for them in three $20,000 hits.
We invite everyone to continue helping to fund this project until this goal is met.” Michael Reynolds
Malawi was one of the most beautiful and significant experiences of my life; remote Africa, amazing generosity, rich culture, simple living conditions, heat, light, hard work and amazing people. I defiantly recommend an internship, especially not-for-profit work. Any questions or comment please get in touch with me at email@example.com
Click here to donate, and to see the 20 docco of the build.
HERE is the awesome time lapse of the build!
FULL set of 5 pages of professional images from the Kpaita malawi build here!
here is the facebook group (if you are on fb) where interns and crew are posting their experiences and photos.
See our training and volunteering page for upcoming opportunities to work on earthship projects in Raglan (29 Nov to 2nd Dec) and Canterbury (Dec 1- 24th).
Also there is a chance to be an intern from 6 Jan to 8 Feb in South Australia on the first Australian Earthship to be “sanctioned” by Earthship Biotecture (Taos, USA) and the first to be fully approved by local government in Aus! Click here for more info.
Helpers wanted to help Nathan and Jess build a 10m2 earthship near Raglan. Find out more about how to take part on our Training and Volunteering in NZ page.
Planning for the Waiheke earthship is well underway with Mike Renolds and NZ architect Graeme North. We are most grateful for the help of planner friend Kristen McGavock with our resource consent application – about to be lodged soon. Part of the consent application includes the set up of a temporary campsite for interns and volunteers just down the road a little from our build site. The Awaawaroa Bay Ecovillage are kindly allowing us to use part of their top paddock for the campsite and we met with Rob from the ecovillage thismorning to plan the layout. So things are moving along nicely but we still have a ways to go before construction drawings are complete and we are ready to submit the building consent application. We hope that by the end of October we will be in a position to assess the proposed timeline for the build so watch this space for updates on intern recuitment.
We started here, with Mike Reynolds pounding the first tire, back in March 2013. The ground work layed out; a Ushaped tyre room, 10sq meters to be under permit size. There we were, 17 tyres, piles of dirt , a couple of dedicated people and 2 llamas.
As the previous post shows this deminstration project headed by Michael Reynolds went up in 4 days with the help of 40 people. Here is the first part of the story.
The finishing of this miniship happened in Septemeber 2013 by a small crew of 5 or so, working on the interior plaster, planter boxes, tile and slab.
Exterior plaster finished the outside work. Inside the vault, a long plastering job commenced, smoothing out the uneven surface left by the mesh and steel that was plastered from the outside. There was sore arms at the end of the week.
There were 2 coats done in cement plaster. Blue tile was stuck individually by hand, and finished with a natural lime washed (slaked lime, 10:1 with white portland cement).
Can-formed planters on both sides of the door, plastered in coloured cement. The interior walls also got detailed tile, and colour plaster made bright by silver sand, white cement and maragold oxide colour. Its grey no more!
Thanks to Robin Woodsford for the hospitality and the land, to Turei for the mixer, Lu and Mike for the filming and the plastering, Scott and Graham for the plastering work and the others who popped by to lend a hand! This building still need the glass installed and the slab poured, but then the pod is finished – collecting water and operating a single sola pannel. It will be open to the public as a thinking/healing/chill out space, and of course to see the Earthship building style, so feel free to pop on up (email me for details firstname.lastname@example.org).
Most Auckland homes average 4 stars on the Homestar rating tool, the Auckland Unitary Plan aims to lift it to 6 for certain new developments, the highest so far is 8, and the Waiheke Earthship is aiming for the maximum 10 stars. Working with Envirospec, the Waiheke Earthship aims to achieve outstanding thermal performance and go beyond green to generative. Watch this space to see how we get on.