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Jamaica Earthship Build March 2017
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March 12-18, 2017 – Main Building Workshop

Students! Complete your Jamaica Earthship Build Registration. Click here.

This Project is full. No more student spots are available. Please see our next build.

Jamaica Earthship Build. Five days in Jamaica. Experience Jamaican Culture and Radically Sustainable Buildings.

Hands on teaching and Classroom time.
Participate in classroom time and hands-on time in the field with a team of students from West Chester University in Pennsylvania and students from around the world with 6 Earthship Builder Teachers. 300+ page Curriculum Books are available. Learn Sustainable Design & Systems while in a tropical paradise with water falls and lush green jungle. Near the highest rated beaches in Jamaica.

The construction drawings will be made available FOR FREE during this event as high-resolution PDF files. We believe in open-source sustainable design and construction.

Experience Sustainable Buildings & Systems in a Tropical Paradise.
Your Five days are an intensive education covering the cutting edge of sustainable design and construction. We will build an Earthship building in Fellowship, Portland Parish, Jamaica in March of 2017.

Food, Accommodations and Travel in-country are all taken care of.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are cooked for you every day. Local, Yummy Food and water to support you for this five day build are provided. You need to bring a water bottle.
Your sleeping arrangements are taken care of and upon arrival you will be shown your bed. You have choices as to where you sleep, who you sleep near, etc. All of this is taken care of upon registration.

Travel in-country
from the airport, to the accommodations and to the job-site are all taken care of.
Arrangements to pick you up at the airport are made after registration. Upon registration we will coordinate air travel times as there are a limited amount of arrivals into the airport in one day.


Questions: email: info@earthship360.com
– all deposits are non-refundable
– after registration, all details and questions are attended to.

Jamaica EarthshipStuff to bring
A full list is provided after registration. You are in Jamaica and on a job-site building an earthship and in a classroom setting.

What are we building?: A small single room Earthship. (what is an earthship?  earthship360.com/earthships). This building is the first of more and will grow into a larger building. The overall goal is to serve the community with sustainable systems for housing (shelter), food production, electricity, clean water, liquid waste treatment and self-empowerment to thrive independently.

Earthship 360 Curriculum

Organize the job site
– Tools
– Materials & Components
– Materials Systems

Structure
Building Layout
– The Pythagorean Theorem
– Orientation

Tire Work
– Setup: Start properly & double check everything.
– Pounding Tires
Tire Pounding Details
Tire Building Code
– Retaining Walls
– Harvesting Tires

Can & Bottle Work
– Can Walls
– Bottle Walls
– Concrete Mix for Can & Bottle Walls
– How to build can & bottle walls
– Plastering Can/Bottle Walls
– Harvesting cans & bottles

Buttresses
– Buttress Footings
– Forming the buttress

Footings
– Interior Footings
– Exterior Footings

Door and Window Boxes
– Bottom Plates
– Build and Place the Boxes
– Top Plates
– Harvesting recycled wood

Concrete Bond Beam
– Place the Steel
– Form for the Bond Beam
– Pour the Bond Beam
– Bond Beam Wood Plates

Vaulted Arches
– Concrete Vaults – The Wave of the Future?
– Construction of Simple Barrell Vaults

Vapor Barriers
– Permeance of building materials
– Vapor permeability of concrete

Comfort
The Principles of a Passive House
– History

Passive Solar
– Passive Energy Gain

Insulation
– How Insulation Works
– Foundation Insulation
– Basement Insulation
– R-Value
– U-Factor / U-Value
– Deterioration
– Infiltration
– Typical R-values (per inch of material)
– Types of Insulation

Building Envelope
Moisture Control
Vapor Barriers
Air Sealing Your Home

Thermal Radiation

Thermal Mass

– How thermal mass works
– Frost Line
– Using thermal mass effectively
– Glass to mass ratios for different climates
– Air Volume to Thermal Mass Volume Ratio
– Typical applications
– Where to locate thermal mass
– Where not to locate thermal mass
– Specific climate responses
– Renovations and additions
– Other thermal mass options
– Thermal mass properties
– Multi-story buildings
– Thermal mass checklist

Energy Efficient Windows

– IMPROVING THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF EXISTING WINDOWS
– COLD WEATHER WINDOW TIPS
– WARM WEATHER WINDOW TIPS
– SELECTING NEW ENERGY-EFFICIENT WINDOWS
– DESIGN
– SELECTION INSTALLATION Ventilation / Cooling Tubes

Thermographic Inspection

– HOW THERMOGRAPHIC INSPECTIONS WORK
– TYPES OF THERMOGRAPHIC INSPECTION DEVICES
– PREPARING FOR A THERMOGRAPHIC INSPECTION
Liquid Waste Water Treatment
– The path of liquid waste water:

Interior Botanical Sewage Treatment Cell
– a Brief Overview

Exterior Botanical Sewage Treatment Cell
– a Brief Overview

Plumbing for Liquid Waste Water
– Kitchen
– Bathroom

Building and Plumbing the Botanical Treatment Cell
– How to Connect Plumbing pipes and fittings
– Components for the Interior Botanical Treatment Cell
– Components for the Exterior Botanical Treatment Cell
– Layout
– Dig out
– Lining
– Interior Botanical Cell: Reception Box
– Exterior Botanical Cell: Septic Tank, Pre-Treatment Reception Cell
– Cutting Holes in the liner for plumbing lines.
– Connect the inlet plumbing line(s)
– Observation Stems
– Connect the Overflow Line
– PeatMoss Filter
– Filling the Planters
– Install the Submersible pump(s)
– Mini Recirculation pump Solar Power Organizing Module: MRSPOM

gWOM & tWOM
– gWOM/ tWOM Installation
– gWOM Parts
– Assembly

Liquid Waste Water Treatment System Maintenance
– Reception box
– Interior Botanical Cell
– Exterior Botanical Cell
– Pumps
– gWOM & tWOM

Plants for the Botanical Cells
– New Planter: New System
– Growing Food & Existing Planters
– Companion planting
– Growing Food in Suspended Growing Buckets
– Containers for Vegetable Gardening
– WATERING THE PLANTERS IN EARTHSHIPS
– Bugs
– Composting
– The 10 Best Seed Companies for Heirloom and Non-GMO Seeds

Water
Fresh, Potable, Drinking Water Use
– Conventional home use calculation
Sustainable home use calculation

Catching the water
– rain water harvesting supply calculation

Roof, Slope and Gutters
– Roof
– Slope
– Gutters
– Silt Catch

Cisterns
– size the cisterns appropriately
– gravity feed
– Types of Cisterns
Tire Cistern Construction/Installation
– Plastic Cistern Installation
– Plumb the Cistern
– Insulate & Bury The Cistern

WOM: Water Organizing Module
– the WOM
– Drinking Water Filter
– Installing the WOM
– Plumbing in the WOM
– WOM Electrical
– Initial start up
– Parts and Pieces
– Spin-Down and Sediment Trapper Filters
– Assembly

Plumbing for Potable Drinking Water
– Kitchen
– Bathroom
– Utility
– Multi-Candle Filter Module

Heating Water

Water System Maintenance
– Gutters
– Silt catch
– Cistern(s) maintenance
– WOM Service And Maintenance:

Power
What is Solar Electricity?
– Wiring solar panels in Parallel and Series
– Wiring Solar Panels in a Series Circuit
– Wiring Solar Panels in a Parallel Circuit
– Direct Current vs. Alternating Current
– THE BASIC COMPONENTS OF A HOME SOLAR POWER SYSTEM
– Grid-Tie / Off-Grid / Grid-Tie with Batteries
– How to setup, design, size and install an off-grid power system
– Wiring Sizes
– Fire, Personal Injury and Electric Shock Hazard Fundamentals
– Human and Workmanship Remedies
– Keep Your PV System Well-Grounded
– How to properly fuse a solar PV system
– Circuit Breaker
– Installing Electrical Receptacles and Switches
– Circuit Breaker Box Diagram
– Electrical Tools and Materials

Whole Earth School Definitions

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