Earthship Network in Canada

Alberta, Canada Global Model Build - Summer, 2014


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The home, which is near Vulcan, Alta., is built with large south-facing windows angled to collect sunlight and heat. It has solar panels to generate electricity and cisterns to collect rain and snow melt that will be filtered for drinking water, as well as a self-contained sewage system.

"This building does everything for itself. It doesn't need an infrastructure,” says Michael Reynolds, a New Mexico-based architect and founder of Earthship Biotecture. 

“It does have a take-charge-of-your-life element to it."  

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The company has built three houses in Canada, but says there are about a dozen other Earthship-type homes built here.

"Canadians do tend to say, 'Well, what about our severe climate?' Well we developed this building at 2,500 metres, 7,500 feet in New Mexico, in the mountains,” said Reynolds.

“People think that their climate is going to tax this concept, but in fact, this concept was tested in a climate worse than this."

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Reynolds may not be familiar with how relentless and bone-chilling a Canadian prairie winter can be, but the Kinneys are. They've ensured their Earthship design has plenty of insulation and a wood stove. 

Still, Dawn Kinney admits she has had some reservations. 

"I'm just hoping I'm not too cold in the winter. And I'm hoping everything works, because the plumber who specializes in this is a long ways away, you know, things like that. But I'm fairly confident. I'm a believer."

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Alberta family building 'earthship' to get off the grid without sacrificing luxury
‘These buildings are a machine that takes care of humans’
By Annalise Klingbeil, Calgary Herald July 20, 2014

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Six Nations Earthship

Project Outline

We plan to build an off-grid, self-sustained, home for a family living on the Six Nations Reserve.

The family is in desperate need of a healthier and more cost effective shelter, as they have been living in a condemned trailer for years. The trailer has several holes where you can see straight through to the outside, a rodent infestation, mold, old brass pipes that get clogged constantly, next to no insulation, and a leaking roof. They owner does not think it will make it through the winter. She supports her daughter, who is a single mother, and 4 grandchildren, aged 3, 7, 10 and 14. She is their only family.

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During the building process, we will host a free Sustainable Building Workshop for First Nations peoples interested in construction skill development. Our hope is to provide local members of the community with the skills needed to replicate the building, and an opportunity to develop a local sustainable building crew.

Through fundraising and public outreach, it is our hope that we will generate enough interest and financial support during this project, that we may continue to build and teach on other reserves throughout Canada.

Primary Goals:

- to prove that sustainable and affordable methods of housing exist.
- to prove that with organization and skill development, communities can provide this housing for themselves with locally sourced labour and materials, through hands-on education and training.
- to engage a community in an environmentally conscious project, to enhance community knowledge and understanding of sustainability concepts.
- to provide a family with economic independence from fluctuating energy and water costs.
- to offer a positive, and practical solution to a country wide housing and environmental crisis.

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Building Specifics:

The home will be built using architect, Michael Reynolds', Earthship Biotecture design and principles.

We will be building using the "2 Room Simple Survival" architectural plan.

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The Earthship Home features:
- Thermal & Solar Heating and Cooling
- Solar & Wind Electricity
- Contained Sewage Treatment
- Building with Natural & Recycled Materials
- Water Harvesting
- Food Production



We will fund raise for this building with an online campaign, and through a variety of other fundraising techniques from September 2013 until the Spring of 2014, when the building process is scheduled to commence.
We are also seeking grants and other funding sources.
Our fundraising goal for each home is $80,000.

For examples of other recent successful online campaigns:


- My Earthship in New Brunswick

- Earthship Takes Shape in Winnipeg

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A Canadian Education Centre for sustainable building practices and living based on an Earthship Biotecture design by Michael Reynolds.

 The building will be used for tours, lectures, field trips, events, rentals, workshops and building internship opportunities.
The building will be built of recycled materials and will feature passive thermal heating and cooling, solar electricity, internal water collection system, water treatment with use of grey and black water cells and internal food production.
The building site will include special features such as permaculture, aquaponics, natural pools, small scale farming and eco activities.

Off Grid Earthship Home for Six Nations family.
Help a family in need by supporting the building
of a home that takes care of heat, water and food.


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Designed to meet Standard Building Codes.
Earthships can be built in any part of the world, in any climate and still provide you with what you need to survive, with 'modern' amenities, if desired.

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Earthship construction drawings are designed to meet standard building code requirements so you can get a permit no matter where you are. Earthship Biotecture is beyond LEED Architecture. Earthships are green buildings that meet standard building codes. EarthshipBiotecture is based on the work of principal architect, Michael Reynolds. (see: media resume)

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