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Alternative Housing: Otherwise known as "I want an Earthship!"

Alternative Housing: Otherwise known as “I want an Earthship!”

So I have the headache from hell, and I wasn’t able to finish the disabled women athletes post. I’ll try to get it up on Monday. In the meantime, environmentally friendly housing has been on my mind. These links are from two old posts I did last year:

Cob Houses
Pic from:Welsh Youth Forum on Sustainable Development

Cob houses are made with a mixture of clay, straw, sand, earth and water. The ingredients are similar to an adobe brick home, but, unlike adobe homes, cob houses can be built in wet areas and areas prone to earthquakes. Because the earth walls of a cob home are typically more than 2ft thick, they are naturally energy-efficient. Meaning cob homes stay cool in the summer, and warm in the winter.

Cob homes also give home-owners more control over design and construction. They are owner-built, and the unique nature of the material gives the owner-builder the ability to create nearly any kind of design. With a little help from your friends and a few free weekends, you can build your own cob home for next to nothing, often from materials that are already on site.

Useful links

1.How to build a Cob House (with loads of pictures)

2.How to build a cob house, (another website)

3.The Hand-Sculpted House, A Practical and Philosophical Guide

4.Building with Cob, a step-by-step guide

5.Cob Works: Company that helps you build one

6. Advantages and Disadvantages of Building With Cob

7.Green Home Buildings:Cob Houses

8.Building in a cold climate

9.Tons. Of. Pics. Seriously. Its a HELL of a gallery

Earthships (GLEE!!!!! I want one of these!)

More Earthship Informational Videos on Youtube

Advantages and Disadvanatages of Earthships

Article in Wired that breaks down the concept

Books, Videos, History, Facts

Earthship.net

Buy an Earthship

More books

Where they’ve been

dirt cheap builder: books, dvds available to teach you how to build homes cheaply and sustainably

Real estate listing of available earthships

Informative article in The Guardian:What a load of rubbish

Scotland’s first Earthship

Earthship Architectural Plans

Earthship:Brighton

John Kejr’s Earthship blog-get listings, ask questions find out how to make glass bottle bricks…

Container Homes

Container Homes in London

SG Blocks Container Homes in the US

SG Blocks Website

Informative Article with cool pics

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