Passive solar design
Sun oriented glazing and shading, thermal mass, passive venting.

Natural construction materials
Earth, strawbale, lime plaster, round pole, stone.

Water harvesting & waste reuse 
Water tanks, compost toilets and reedbeds.

The manipulation of tree form to grow structures and buildings.

Earth sheltered construction
“Earthships” and other designs that build into the ground.

Natural disaster resistant construction
Bushfire, wind, flood & earthquake.

Owner building
Empowerment and financial autonomy of residents and communities in constructing their own housing using accessible technologies and materials. 

Pattern Language
Organic design theory and tools of Christopher Alexander.

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Extracts from EarthShip Biotecture

Earthships can be built in any climate,
anywhere in the world.
Earthships will keep you comfortable in any climate in the world with little to no utility bills / fossil fuels.

Make sure you understand what makes an Earthship an Earthship.
An Earthship is defined by the following 6 principles:
Thermal/Solar Heating & Cooling
Solar & Wind Electricity
Contained Sewage Treatment
Building with Natural & Recycled Materials
Water Harvesting
Food Production
Comfort in Any Climate
The concept of thermal mass buildings works both to cool and to heat a home. Earthships keepyou comfortable in any climate, anywhere in the world.
Earthship Biotecture design principle: 'Thermal/Solar Heating & Cooling' details how earthships maintain comfortable temperatures in any climate.

Discussion Forum

Mycellium Tiny House - What do you think??

Started by Billa. Last reply by Steve McHugh Dec 21, 2014. 5 Replies

Make your own Solar oven- super easy..

Started by Billa. Last reply by 2bjkvommpjvw1 Feb 7, 2011. 5 Replies

Do it yourself FREE ENERGY!

Started by Billa. Last reply by Jane Hendrick Feb 14, 2012. 17 Replies

Creating in the Appalachian Mountains, for all of "Us"!

Started by Colin Feehery Kirts. Last reply by Maryann Pureheart Apr 26, 2010. 1 Reply

Crazy Shelter Ideas-Let your imagination roam!

Started by Peter of Black Bear clan. Last reply by Alexander Del Sol Oct 30, 2011. 1 Reply

Low Impact Woodland Home....Some things We Can Do Now

Started by Lady of the Woods. Last reply by jacqueline jarvis Mar 9, 2010. 1 Reply

Aquarian Technologies

Started by Radha Ixchel. Last reply by Radha Ixchel Mar 8, 2010. 2 Replies


Started by Billa Feb 27, 2010. 0 Replies

Wood stoves and Cob Ovens

Started by Billa. Last reply by eric todd brown Feb 27, 2010. 3 Replies


Started by Lady of the Woods. Last reply by Peter Seiler Jul 28, 2010. 4 Replies

TREE HOUSES - the ultimate home..

Started by Billa. Last reply by Peter of Black Bear clan Apr 5, 2010. 4 Replies

Building eartships as part of profit

Started by Desmond Nicoli. Last reply by Desmond Nicoli Nov 6, 2009. 2 Replies

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Comment by Steve McHugh on August 6, 2013 at 7:18pm

Many thanks to 'The Roots' and Billa for sharing the link to It looks a terrific site, chock-full of invaluable info which covers so much ground.

Comment by Billa on August 3, 2013 at 2:31pm

Thanks for this awesome resource - we will help circulate! :) 

Comment by The Roots on July 29, 2013 at 3:22pm

I guess it would help if I included the link - oops!  It's  Let me know what you all think?

Comment by The Roots on July 29, 2013 at 3:16pm

We finally have that library up but instead of 450 instructional pdf documents we ended up posting over 2500 documents and are currently in the process of adding over 100 videos.  We have over 100 categories on just about anything you can imaging pertaining to simple living.  We do have a registration requirement now to help alleviate spam but there is no cost to download the books.  We do ask that you help by visiting some of our sponsors.  Thanks in advance and ENJOY!

Comment by Sacred Earth Network on August 18, 2012 at 9:57am

Earthbag house

Comment by Sacred Earth Network on April 17, 2012 at 5:56pm

In this world you never stand by your own strength; It is the Invisible that sustains you every moment.


Comment by Billa on January 17, 2012 at 2:33am

Solar Developments in US - Live Chat with Rocky Mountain  Institute Solar Experts

Comment by Miranda on January 9, 2012 at 10:58am

Michael Reynolds ( Earthship inventor ) is touring Australia at the moment. Very exciting, I am going to his presentation on the Gold Coast in Feb:

Comment by Billa on December 29, 2011 at 6:25am   check here Sophia for specifically Ringing Cedars inspired projects  and also join the Turtle Island group and look in the discussions there..   - if you go to the Kins Domain group and link to the website. you will find eco communities pretty much everywhere- blooming like blossoms and spreading like mycelium.... :)  

Comment by Sophia Paul on December 29, 2011 at 6:21am

Hi, are there any eco communities in Colorado?


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