Final Update: Simple Survival Model

The Simple Survival Model was near completion when the Spring 2012 Academy session ended. Not much was missing except for some finishing details. Check out the pics below to see the final product!

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Photo courtesy of Mike Pratt

Interior of Simple Survival Model – facing the doorway to the toilet
Photo courtesy of Mike Pratt

Interior of Simple Survival Model – facing doorway to shower
Photo courtesy of Mike Pratt

Earthship Biotecture Academy – Spring 2012
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Work Week 8: The Pods at the Castle

This is our last work week at the Academy!

Not many photos to share but they are good nonetheless.

The tile and grout work that Shanti and I worked on all week. The first set of tile pieces make up an entryway stair. The larger, sun-shaped section is a platform that leads to two more stairs. This portion was completed by Alyssa Hopper.

Me, hard troweling the adobe walls in the Pods. Tough work but so pretty when finished! – Photo courtesy of Keith Gauger

The Pods – Before
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The Pods – After
Way to go, Academy students!
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EBA Labs

Lab days allow for Academy students to delve deeper into earthship systems. We were divided into our six work groups and then assigned different labs on different Friday mornings. There are about 12 of us in each lab.

Solar Power Lab with Sam (March 23, 2012)

Samantha Elliot, solar power guru, taught us the basics of calculating the amount of wattage needed by our future earthships. The math gets a little tricky if you don’t have a calculator handy.

Then she led us through a hands-on tutorial on how to wire a light fixture, a basic skill for anyone working with electricity (solar power or not). Even though we had been divided into smaller lab groups, there were still too many of us in the group. There were questions flying about and not enough tools to go around. Some of the group members had wiring experience and some of us had no idea where to start.

I learned a few things but didn’t become proficient in anything. In my opinion, the labs should include a smaller group of people and should be an all-day event. Nonetheless, I had fun and look forward to learning more.

Sam shows the group how to wire a series of lights.

Crimping eyelets
Photo courtesy of Keith Gauger

Sam shows the group how a meter works

Sam explains the solar panels on the front of the G2 earthship during our lab field trip. – Photo courtesy of Keith Gauger

Checking out the battery box on the roof of the G2 earthship
Photo courtesy of Keith Gauger

Water Organizing Module with Lou (April 6, 2012)

Lou taught us more about the plumbing aspect of earthships, including the super awesome Water Organizing Module (WOM).

Learning about the mechanical wall, the wall that is the “hub” for plumbing pipes and electrical wires

Lou explains the layout of a grey water system

Grey water board – a pump that recirculates water back to the toilet and the grey water planters

Putting together a mock WOM during the lab