Fiji's firt EARTHSHIP has been completed!
This demonstration building was constructed during 01 – 13 June 2015 by an International team of experts and volunteers to showcase a low-cost and disaster-proof type of building.
The walls are made out of tyres compressed with earth, thus creating 150kg bricks that make the building resistant to earthquakes, floods and natural disasters.
The shape of the Earthship and the buried roof make it resistant to high winds.
This Earthship building incorporates 280 old tyres, 220 pieces of bamboo, 55 old glas bottles, 120 rice bags, local coral.
Seaweed and dry grass were used for the roof insulation, coral was used instead of gravel.
MADE OUT OF RECYCLED MATERIALS
CYCLONEPROOF - EARTHQUAKE RESISTANT
LOWCOST TO BUILD - COMFORTABLE AND COZY
CATCH AND HARVEST WATER - POWERED BY SOLAR ENERGY
DESIGNED BY EARTHSHIP BIOTECTURE OVER THE PAST 45 YEARS
This low-cost and disaster-proof building technique could change the way of building in the entire Pacific Region and the knowledge transfer from this project is being further distributed to New Zealand and Vanuatu.
Thank you / Vinaka!
For donating their time and strength and for making this project possible: Amy Epstein - Darren Blandford - Diego Romano – Anthea Merson Amaya Evers – Amanda Ho - Adam Finster - Micaela Martinez Gabrielle Leroy – Steve Allen – Dylan Drummond - Sonia Farrant Tasia Martinez–AguaChen–XiangLiao-PatriciaGriffen
Lyndon Dodwell – Jope Raravula – Elizabeth O'Rourke
Kaitlyn Wattle – Renata Collado
For recording and further sharing this knowledge around the world: Nova Ami - Velcrow Ripper - Sam Charrington - Zane Holloway
To the Earthship crew and experts:
Sean Bozkewycz - Sara Serodio - Michelle Locher Jared Phenix - Deborah Binder
To the local workers from the village of Vatutavui, Ba: Tuke – Gus – Johnny – Parra - Pete
To the Vatia Beach Project team and volunteers: Javier Pina Carrasco - Donald Kumar - Lavinia Vuniwaqa Luisa Tuwai - Sarah Fekete
Special thanks to Naseeb Ali and Morten Eicker for their support. To the National Disaster Management Office, Suva.
Thank you to Dijendra Singh for donating his property to this demonstration project and for officially opening this Earthship on Saturday 13 June 2015.
About Earthship Biotecture:
Earthship Biotecture is a global organization that has been building self-sustainable houses
all over the world for the last 45 years with the aim of providing structural and reliable shelter to every inhabitant on planet Earth. The company is led by Michael Reynolds, the principle biotect and creator of the Earthship movement, and has a vast following of hundreds of thousands of people internationally that want to learn the Earthship concepts.
For more information visit www.earthship.com.
The land for the building site is provided by Vatia Beach Eco Project, a small eco initiative located on the North Western coast of the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu, 1.5 hours North of Nadi International Airport. Vatia Beach Eco Project is located between the towns of Ba and Tavua, is completely off-grid, and has a small beach and beautiful sunsets. The build site is literally 100ft from the ocean, so when you are not working you will be able to enjoy the beach and the ocean at its fullest. Check out www.vatiabeachproject.com for more info on the location.
During our two-week program, you will learn how to build an Earthship and its six basic concepts. You will be taught by our certified Earthship crew members who have experience building Earthships all over the world and who have just returned from building the first tropical Earthship Hut in the Philippines.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime expreience which allows you to give something back to the world and at the same time learn important skills to adapt to your own life back home and enjoy the relaxing features of the beautiful island of Fiji.
We will follow a six day work week, Sunday being open for activities and leisure, like taking a boat out to one of the nearby sand-banks, visiting a local school, fishing, snorkelling, or relaxing on the beach. The evenings will be a great time to relax with BBQs, ocean swims, bonfires on the beach, etc.