Alongside straw bales, another great method of eco building is earthships. They use old tyres, instead of them being added to landfill, they are packed with stone and used as walls. I've mentioned one in Brittany and in Spain.
The designed Michael Reynolds was recently on TV building one in India, true stories garbage warrior and
Steven Fry met him on episode 5 of his travels in the USA. at Taos, New Mexico. Books and information is available at the link http://www.earthship.net/
Here is a message about a course in India.
There is a community Earthship build that is happening that I would like to share with you. Join the build during the main phase of construction. We will be finishing off the tyre ramming and working on plastering with mud, roof work with timber, and building internal walls and water planters for use with rain water harvesting system and more...
This Earthship is a 35 foot round house that will be totally self sufficient. It will harvest water from the rain, power from the sun, and thermal capacity from the sun and stored in the heavy tyre rammed walls. Waste water from the kitchen sink will feed planters inside the house that will filter and clean it and allow for reuse for things like toilet flushing. We will also be implementing a black water system to treat all the sewage from the toilet in a natural and simple way.
We are offering training and also looking for volunteers for some basics like cooking. The type of training will depend on what part of the build you join us in. Everything before March 2009 will be tyre ramming and plastering of wall. After April 2009 the focus will be on interior finishing. Building of planters, plastering of walls, and then the creative work of making the space and furniture and some interior walls. These we will make with cans and mud plaster.
This build is in south India in a stunning location near Kodaikanal.
Please see website for more info: