Category Archives: Building Systems

We want you!!!!

Similar to the concept of ‘barn raising’ an Earthship build is typically a group of volunteers working together to build community; learning new skills; making new friends; and raising a new building.

This summer we will be hosting theDoighouse build.  We are anticipating a global experience with volunteers from around the world and are currently accepting applications from people interested in working and learning together with us. Tire pounding, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, cement mixing/pouring, food prep and meal service are just some of the opportunities.

theDoighouse is committed to a safe build;  all volunteers will be covered by WorkSafe BC.

Continue reading We want you!!!!

Solar PV system arrives

Well… part of it anyway.

The first of the solar systems to provide power to theDoighouse has arrived on site; it is a mini system compared to what we will need for the house.  Right now, it is being used to a) power our daily needs for light/electricity; and b) learn how to manage the batteries and the Outback inverter… basically the system and how it works. It is beautiful!

Ok… in fact, even though it has been carefully thought through, planned and executed I do find it a little intimidating. Continue reading Solar PV system arrives

Salida Colorado – Build

I can’t believe Tony and I leave on Monday for Salida Colorado.  We’ve been looking forward to this opportunity for so long.  Can’t wait to get there and get our hands dirty learning about building earth ships!

It’s an exciting trip just getting to Colorado… along the way Tony and I are in a car accident and write off our Volkswagen Jetta – another story for another day! Continue reading Salida Colorado – Build

Photo voltaic solar system

We’ll be using photo voltaic systems to generate the electricity we need to power our home.
a solar array mounted in a field.
Solar PV Array mounted in front of a bank of windows.

A photovoltaic system, also PV system or solar array, is an installation of several components, including solar panels to absorb and directly convert sunlight into electricity, a solar inverter to change the electrical current from DC to AC, as well as mounting, cabling and other electrical accessories to set-up a working system. Read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photovoltaic_system