Academy, Day 4

So, I meant to do this yesterday, but I forgot to take the picture. Below is a picture of the place where I am staying.

TheCastle

This is a really early experiment that was actually built around a vertical axis wind turbine to keep it from flying into the stratosphere. It’s mostly can wall, not much tire work. It’s three stories; I sleep on the second floor. Kitchen and common area are on the first floor and there are more sleeping spaces on the third. There are seven of us staying here right now.

Now on to what went on today.

We did Solar Thermal Heating and Cooling in class this morning with Mike Reynolds. This was all about how you can keep the building at a constant, comfortable temperature, with no burning of fuel, just a lot of compacted mass and the sun. It’s frikin’ awesome is what it is, and probably the topic of another whole post.

After that we had another class with Phil (another Earthship employee) who talked about using recycled materials for building blocks. Things like tires, aluminum cans, glass bottles, scrap metal and cardboard are all used to create an Earthship.

After that, we had lunch and then it was back outside to pound more tires. I’m getting better at it. I was working with a guy named Eric from Calgary and we got through ten tires in the 3.5 hours we were working at it. Not too bad for some pretty physical work. So far, my body hasn’t fallen apart, which is a good thing 😛

This first picture is end of day at the work site. I was working down at the far end on the right side, extending the tire wall.

EndOfDay01

This other picture was taken at the same time, just turned about 75 degrees to the left from the first shot. It shows the other end of the building. This Earthship is rather interesting because it is the first one they have ever made that incorporates a garage. The little pony wall coming out from the main back wall that you can see in the picture is the separating wall between the house and the garage.

EndOfDay02

I will do my best to try to post some concept posts, about tires and thermal mass and all that.

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