Michael E. Reynolds, international bioarchitect and the original expert designer and builder of earthships, will be leading a one day conference on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at The Calgary Stampede, Boyce Theatre, 1410 Olympic Way SE, Stampede Park, Calgary, Alberta T2G 2W1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Topics to be covered at this event include the history of earthships, thermal solar dynamics, types of earthships, building with recycled materials, water harvesting, contained sewage treatment, interior food production and solar and wind electricity.
Reynolds' concept uses rammed earth, passive solar, rain water catchment, self sufficient food growing and greywater treatment for unique, hugged-by-the-earth, energy-efficient, low-impact structures. Many know them as the car tires, aluminum cans and bottles homes with greenhouse glass facing south. His first book Earthship: How to Build Your Own, published in 1990, outlines the basic concepts.
Earthships are green buildings for which which Reynolds has created construction drawings that meet standard building codes. Unlike many other green building types, it is possible to get a permit to build an earthship in any location. They are fully sustainable homes, not primitive but offering more than the traditional modern comforts. This includes cheaper fresh food any time of year in any climate, the very best water use and recycling, constant interior 70 degree temperatures without burning fossil fuels, freedom from utility and mortgage bills, and the knowledge that your lifestyle is better for you and the planet.
Read the article below about the northeast Georgia home Andrew Hickman is building in Royston near Athens which adapted the Reynolds' earthship design. To visit one locally and see other alternative green building types like cob and straw bale, take the Earthaven tour.
Tickets for the Calgary conference cost $100 and are available online. Students able to show student ID at the door get a $25 student discount. For more information telephone 575.751.0462.