I'm currently an Earthship "student" and plan on completing my field studies this summer in Reno NV. I also have begun some plans to build an Earthship in VT/NH. I'm reaching out to other Earthship builders, Earth builders with questions about tweaking an Earthship Inspired structure for Freezing Climates. Especially since our frost line is at Five feet, and during the coldest months we may have cloudy skies for three straight weeks at a time.
So some of my concerns are:
Harvesting Water over the winter
-Insulating Cistern or carrying it under the frostline?
-Are Glycol tube systems in gutters all they are cracked up to be?
How the frost line will effect the Thermal Mass and Passive Annual Heat storage?
Vapor barrier exteneding under the house?
Possibly insulating under floor, would it help or actually hurt PAHS?
I appreciate your thoughts any suggestions!:)
I would put this tank in the berm behind the tires.
If you figure 2 months of below freezing weather, that works out to about 1500 gallons per per person, it should be fairly easy to build a 5-6,000 gallon storage tank directly below the earthship and that much water will help moderate the internal temps.
I'm not sure what you mean here? I'm not familiar at all with a burnt course of tires. I'm thinking you might have meant to write First Course of Tires, considering that you are suggesting gravel over using dirt. I would ask Mike Reynolds, or other Earthship Academy folks about that. I think it's probably a good idea to have more drainage in a wet environment, but I also think that this can be totally accomplished with a properly done umbrella.
Burnt Course of Tires ramed with gravel vs dirt?