Category Archives: Rammed Earth

Getting to tire course 5

We started the summer with passion, some really great volunteers, a cleared building site, a desire to build and no building permit.

A bit of a pickle really.

We decided to move ahead and work to the first building inspection (foundations).  A bit of a gamble as we are using tires as our foundation – but we felt confident in the work by our structural engineer, Mark Fleischhaker and our architect, Keith Tetlow and the unofficial feedback from the Regional District of Nanaimo that we decided to take the risk and just start.

First… getting the plans finalized and submitted to the RDN …and then waiting for approval, answering questions and following up with information.

These are the Earthship plans by Mike Reynolds modified to meet the BC Rainforest climate, the BC building code and the National Energy Code.

The RDN have been great to work with, a reflection of the quality of work and attention to detail by Mark, Keith and Daniel.

So..first things first.. if you want to host volunteers, you need some stuff.

The Bear Paw Cafe.  Just saying it got it’s name from a couple of visitors (the black furry kind)… but that’s a story for another day.

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It’s so hard to choose!

Week 3 – Packaged Model – a little less efficiency and cost.

We’ve made the decision to build a two bedroom Earthship rather than the three bedroom home we originally talked about.  We don’t want to build and maintain a larger space than we need. With only Tony and I living in the Earthship, and with the rotunda, it will be plenty of space for us.

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