In a previous post on this site, we linked to a New York Times article dated September 3, 2009 that showed the houses built in East Texas by a man using leftover construction materials. Old shingles, discarded doors, glass bottles, and even branches from surrounding trees were used to make his "storybook" masterpieces.
With just some scraps and a little ingenuity, green building comes alive. See the excerpt below from The Scripps Howard News Service reposted this morning by The Connecticut Post.
House built with 3,000 old tires
David Zizzo, Scripps Howard News Service
Published: 12:31 a.m., Saturday, May 22, 2010
"In 2000, the Dixons moved into their Earthship, 2,300 square feet of colorful and artistic living space surrounded on three sides by load-bearing walls three feet thick -- the size of the tires stacked like brick and covered with adobe. Exposed beams span ceilings, which contain 18 inches of foam insulation and feature numerous skylights to vent heat. Three sides are buried by earthen berms, so, like a cave, temperatures inside vary little and change slowly. Occasional heat from a small propane stove is all that's needed in winter, and in summer, only minor air conditioning from window units is needed.
Sunlight streams in through a wall of windows, where plants grow in a "water treatment plant," a basin that filters water used in sinks in the home before it is routed outside.
But there will always be more to do. Exposed berms will be covered with solar collectors, and the couple are working on a new rooftop greenhouse. A water-storage cistern will come later, and eventually the home will be completely "off the grid."
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Image courtesy of TheCoolPepper.com.