Hi there Permies,
I've been lurking for months, but have only registered as of recently once my project started getting a lot more serious. I'll start with a brief summary, then explain in detail later on.
Essentially, I have a plot of land, hundreds of tires, free access to construction equipment and vehicles (including a wood process plant, various diggers and movers, cement mixer, all that fun stuff) easy access to straw bales, and no building code restrictions on the land that we're using. The lease for my current home would need to be renewed in October.
My goal is to build a hybrid earthship using rammed earth tires for a foundation and lower wall courses, with earthbags and perhaps straw bale walls, whatever roof ends up being most efficient (see: cheapest). The foundation would be resting on bedrock on a hilltop (yay northern ontario!), and I'm thinking a mix of rainwater catchment with water pumps from one or more of the nearby springs (which I also plan to install pico hydro generators on for some power - I intend to install solar panels at a later date). I plan to heat it with a rocket mass heater (I intend to build the Bonny Convection Bench from Ernie and Erica, people that I've seen around here!) while also having some passive solar action via the greenhouse I'd like to have.
The reason for feeling the need to include a rocket mass heater along with probably straw bale in the walls is that I'm in Northern Ontario, outside of Sudbury. It gets COLD here. We had a week of -40 or worse last winter, and I don't intend to freeze to death in my eco house
So, in short, I'm looking for the best advice, instruction, guides and information possible to see if I can make this project a reality.