We are dedicated to teaching sustainable systems, design and construction by demonstration, example and classroom experiences. This provides the Philadelphia area and the world with an embassy of sustainability where people can see, touch and learn how to live more sustainably on this planet.

This is for people who are interested in having a hands-on, in-depth learning experience into the world of sustainable design, systems, construction and living. We accommodate all levels of skills and abilities.

Sustainable Designs for Cold Climates

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Over 12 hours of classroom time per week. 400+ page Textbooks are available. This is much more than just a workshop build. This is an education. This is an EXPERIENCE.
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Earthship 360 Curriculum.

Earthships, Passive House, Total Off-grid Concepts, Designs, Applications, Hands-On Experience.
Systems: Power, Water, Sewage, Comfort, Food.
Recycled Materials, Building Design, Layout. Building Permit, Codes, Regulations and more…

Building Site

Qualities & Features of the site
Where to locate the building, driveway and more

Permission to Build

Codes / Regulations
Drawings: Construction Set & Permit Set
Submit for the Building Permit

Sustainable design & construction

Guided by design: Reuse, Recycle, Reduce, Regenerate.
Embodied Energy
Site Layout

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 BARREL VAULTS

Vapor Barriers
Permeance of building materials
Vapor permeability of concrete
History of Green Buildings

Comfort

Thermal Comfort
Adaptive Comfort
Comfort: Codes and Regulations

Passive Solar
Heat Flow
Radiant Energy
Passive Solar Energy Gain
Direct Solar Gain Systems
The Greenhouse Effect
Sunspaces / Greenhouses
Thermosiphon (Convective-Loop System)
Trombe Walls
Surface Color & Solar Gain
Roofs
Drawing Sun Beams
Review: Passive Solar

What is a Passive Building?
The Principles of a Passive Building
History of the ‘PassiveHaus’ / ‘Passive House’

Climate
Climate Specific Design Considerations
Winter Design Strategies
Summer Design Strategies
Renovations and additions
Other thermal mass options

Insulation
How Insulation Works
Footing Insulation
Frost Line
Frost heaving
R-Value
U-Factor / U-Value
Deterioration
Air Leaks and Insulation
Total R-Values for New Conventional Houses
Types of Insulation
Advantages of cellulose insulation
Typical R-values
Where to locate Insulation
Joints

Thermal Mass
How thermal mass works
Using thermal mass effectively
Choose the right amount of thermal mass
Where to locate thermal mass
Where not to locate thermal mass
Typical applications
Heat Sink
Glass to Thermal Mass ratios for different climates
Air Volume to Thermal Mass Volume Ratio
Thermal mass properties
Multi-story buildings
Earth Sheltering
Thermal mass checklist

Cooling
Four Types of Passive Cooling Systems
Ventilation
Shading
Ecological Impact of Earthships

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

The Perfect Wall
Qualities to look for when choosing building materials for buildings:

How to Install Thermal Mass
tire walls
slip-form / poured
adobe bricks
water as thermal mass: tanks

How to Install Insulation
batts
rigid/panels
Retrofit a building with Rigid insulation panels

Thermal Envelope
Heat Loss
Heat Gain
Moisture Control
Vapor Barriers
Infiltration & Ventilation: Air Sealing Your Home

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 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
Why Use Solar Water Heating?
How to Use Solar Water Heating
Get Started with Solar Water Heating
ACTIVE SOLAR WATER HEATING SYSTEMS
PASSIVE SOLAR WATER HEATING SYSTEMS
STORAGE TANKS AND SOLAR COLLECTORS
SELECTING A SOLAR WATER HEATER
EVALUATE YOUR SITE’S SOLAR RESOURCE
DETERMINE THE CORRECT SYSTEM SIZE
BUILDING CODES AND REGULATIONS FOR SOLAR WATER HEATING SYSTEMS
HEAT TRANSFER FLUIDS FOR SOLAR WATER HEATING SYSTEMS
REDUCE HOT WATER USE FOR ENERGY SAVINGS

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

Power

Energy Use
Solar Power
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

Home Energy Audit
LOCATE AIR LEAKS
CHECK INSULATION
INSPECT HEATING AND COOLING EQUIPMENT
LIGHTING
APPLIANCES AND ELECTRONICS
YOUR WHOLE-HOUSE PLAN

Energy Saving Tips
Electronics: Computers, etc.
Appliances & Electronics
Energy Efficient Windows
Heat & Cool
SPACE HEATING AND COOLING
WATER HEATING

Lighting
NEW LIGHTBULBS: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
WHAT ARE MY LIGHTING CHOICES?
HALOGEN INCANDESCENTS

Lighting Controls
DIMMER CONTROLS
DIMMERS AND CFLS
DIMMERS AND LEDS
MOTION SENSOR CONTROLS
OCCUPANCY SENSOR CONTROLS
PHOTOSENSOR CONTROLS
TIMER CONTROLS

The Last Chapter

Terms & Definitions
Conclusion
Where to go from here
references

ACUA Earthship

Power to the People

One Art Earthship Crew

Garbage Warrior Earthship Movie

New Solutions Earthship Movie

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