Transition Brockville features “Earthship 101” talk

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Published on: January 15, 2016

Transition Brockville / 15 January 2016

Houstoun tire home in Lanark County smallEarthship 101, the next Transition Brockville presentation, introduces another green housing option that allows us to live in harmony with nature – while avoiding endlessly rising utility bills and price shock at the grocery store, and at the same time cultivating the kind of freedom that can only come from living off the grid.

Agata Bedynski, of Earthship Ottawa, will describe these unique, sustainable, off-grid passive solar houses, designed according to nature’s principles, at the next public Transition Brockville presentation on Sunday, January 24, 2 p.m., at the Brockville Public Library. All are welcome.

Bedynski, who holds a degree in environmental studies from Carleton University and a diploma in community and social development from Georgian College in Barrie, heads Earthship Ottawa, a learning group that gives interested folks exposure to the concepts upon which Earthships are based, as well as opportunities to work at various Earthship build sites around the region, acquiring hands-on experience in their construction.

The originator of the Earthship design is U.S. architect Michael Reynolds, whose goal is to use what people consider garbage to make a sustainable home that works with the Earth and her patterns, rather than labouring against them – and this in any climate.

Earthships always face south in order to capture a maximum amount of the sun’s energy and to make use of their thermal mass capability – an Earthship’s most basic functional feature, and its biggest advantage.

“They are built from used tires rammed tight with earth, stacked and insulated,” Bedynski says. “They are capable of maintaining a comfortable temperature year-round, without the need for extra artificial heating or cooling systems (unless desired), even in our cold Canadian climate.”

Earthship owners are basically free from having to pay utilities, except for the initial installation and future care and maintenance of their solar panels and/or wind turbine systems. And they can even grow some of their own food within the structure.

In her January 24 presentation, Bedynski will show many photos of Earthships and their construction, including examples in eastern Ontario, and highlighting their six fundamental design principles. She’s prepared to answer questions from the audience during her presentation, as well as afterwards when refreshments will be available.