For a friend of mine, I would like to build a earthship style greenhouse. One like the Valhalla movement made. Basicly it is an earthship without the most inner berm rooms. So just the greenhouse part with a tire wall directly into the berm. Currently he is getting pre-approval from the local goverment. If this succeeds then plans/etc have to be entered for the official and to be build version.
Does anyone here have any experience with building anything I am suggesting?
We prefer the tire pounded idea but if there is a game changer idea from someone else, then plans can change too. He lives in rural central Sweden. More details about the location and terrain following. He has neighbours nearby, but not the bothering kind. Also there is a variety of small wooden structures/sheds/outhouses and things like a ice shed built into the soil/berm. So making it look wooden/natural into the terrain is a must. Besides the glass, we want everyone to see that you can use a greenhouse eco/bio/nature/logically without much cost/trouble.
I know the Valhalla Movement has/had plans on their website for sale. But cannot find the pricing/listing at the moment on their site. Is there anyone here from that group or that is affiliated/volunteered/worked with them. They mostly gave me the idea to start this project. And would love to see some input from anyone with their mindset here.
More details and update about how plan approval is going following soon.
You might try this site from Québec. I don't know these folks personally, but they have been giving talks all around Québec, promoting the idea of food resilience through climate-appropriate production systems. They are rather high-tech, but they do offer plans and instructional videos at very reasonable prices. We might end up using these resources ourselves.
Heidi Hoff wrote:You might try this site from Québec. I don't know these folks personally, but they have been giving talks all around Québec, promoting the idea of food resilience through climate-appropriate production systems. They are rather high-tech, but they do offer plans and instructional videos at very reasonable prices. We might end up using these resources ourselves.
Have just downloaded the free e-book from them. Will look into their greenhouse ideas. And due to price will consider actually buying something from them( they are offering their premium bundle for a little bit less than 24% of the normal price). Do you know if there is a permies referral link for ordering?
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Paul Andrews wrote:Sounds like an exciting project and I hope you get permission.
Have you ever tried pounding earth to fill just one tyre? It is incredibly labour intensive.
Maybe earthbag construction might be a better bet for this project.
I hope it goes ahead whatever method you choose
Thanks and yes I do hope we get permission too .
Never tried it on a tire but for the heck of it I know sand does not move that much/gets heavy when compacted(you are basicly creating a dense huge stone). And yes I do hope it will be labour intensive. Plans are to keep some kids busy for a while and we will get some more actual real slave laborers in the form of volunteers helping. We will be enticing and luring our friends and family to the site as well with false promises of a good holiday, plenty of healthy food and a lot of outdoor activities. Most will be true, we will just not clarify it all until they get there.
The idea is to use whatever method will be best suited. So far in general a southfacing berm built green house. Using mostly recycled materials and preferable the weirder type ones. So far a tire pounded earth berm wall is the most promising and effective. But hey there are new ideas coming everyday. As soon as we get the pre-planning ok, then we will have to decide the final structure. So anyone who has a good idea, shout out please!!
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