The goal of this web page is to network Canadian Earthship projects so that we can learn from one another and help to find volunteers for these projects.

Our Mission

The goal of this web page is to network Canadian Earthship projects so that we can learn from one another and help to find volunteers for these projects.

I spent March and April of 2012 in Taos New Mexico learning form the Academe at www.earthship.com.

On July 29th in Collingwood I started to build a Global Model Earthship with a Garage!

With the help of Ted Elsasser who has 16 years with Earthship Biotecture working with Mike Reynolds, we will continue the build in the summer of 2016               http://www.southwestsustainablebuilders.com/

2017 Earthship Inspired Workshops

Collingwood Earthship Inspired School – 2017 Schedule

Week 1 (July 10-July 14) – 2 Spots remaining

Week 2 (July 17 – July 21) – 4 Spots remaining

 

Course Details:

The class size maximum will be 4 people per week.

We will cover one topic per day from 9am – 10am and the rest will be hands on workshops.

  1. Earthship vs other Passive Solar Design Options
  2. Grey Water System Design and Planter Cell
  3. Solar Panel and Battery Power vs Grid Tie
  4. Clay Plaster and Bottle Bricks
  5. Rain water harvesting and filtration

The site address is 633 Sixth Street and we are very close to town, walking or biking distance to food, stores and restaurants.

Cost Details

Cost is $350.00 per person per week.

Payment can be made via email money transfer or Cheque Mailed to 357 Hurontario Street Collingwood L9Y2M5.

Free camping on site, we have potable water and a toilet and you can bath in Georgian Bay.

Facilitated By Matt Code (Owner Builder)

 

Register Here

 

 

Earthship Construction

Roof

There are many different types of Earthship Construction

The Earth ship Biotecture Crew have laid out these options below and I will be posting my drawing in Jan 2013

 

 

 

 

The Global Model Earthship is the best current design for North America.
http://earthship.com/designs

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The Volted Gobal has a concrete roof structure as apposed to a metal roof and more theremal mass on the interior walls.
http://earthship.com/Earthship-Designs/vaulted-global-earthship.html

Valted Global Earthship

 

If you are on a small budget then the Simple Survival Pod is your choice!
http://earthship.com/simple-survival

 

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Earthship Site Plan

I went through 4 different Architects and only used one set of local engineers (www.crozier.com). I am happy to share my advice on how to develop your site.

email me if you like at freespiritgardens@gmail.com

You first step is to take a picture of some plans into the building department of the town that you hope to build in (before you buy the land) and ask the chief building official if you got stamped plans from an Architect and a Structural Engineer and a Mechanical Engineer would they allow you to build the earthship.

This is what I did in Collingwood and so far the town has been great to work with and open to supporting my project.

 

 

 

Collingwood Earthship
Collingwood Earthship Site Plans
Earthship Floor Plan
Earthship Floor Plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After meeting with the local building department they said as long as I could get stamped plans that they were cool with me building an Earthship in Collingwood.

Earthship Canada

Earthship Canada Time Line

The goal of this Earthship Canada page is to link up all of the earthship projects across Canada, so that knowledge can be shared and people can learn how to get involved to learn how to build their own.

Check out this new resource: http://www.darfieldearthship.com/map/

ONTARIO

Jan 2013 Come out and get involved in Earthship Canada’s newest Earthship to be built this spring June in Collingwood with me Matt Code freespiritgardens@gmail.com

Oct 10th 2012 “Earthships have landed in Canada” This is a great write up with pictures of the Port Dover Ontario Earthship http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/earthships-have-landed-in-canada/article4601965/  I have not found their web page

The Land Project is promoting two Eco villages currently one in Ontario and one in British Columbia. You can get involved in one of these projects or start your own project and promote it on this site! They are promoting all types of off the grid construction; Earthships, Straw Bail, Cob, Tree Houses know as Free Spirit Spheres. http://thelandproject.com/offgrid/ontario-earthship-group/

There is an active Meet Up Group in Ottawa . . . http://www.meetup.com/Earthship-Ottawa/

QUEBEC

I think this project is in Quebec. Great Pictures and good information sharing here too! http://earthship.rlds.ca/

A Quebec Facebook page to be followed . http://www.facebook.com/pages/Earthships-Quebec/121165561359294

Manitoba

Dec 2012 they got their roof on in time for Christmas! Really good: pics, budget and site plans on this web page! https://sites.google.com/site/earthshipmanitoba/home

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Dec 25th 2012 Chris Newton and Sandra  Burkholder of Darfield British Columbia moved in for their first night in their earthship which they started in the spring of 2009. To see more details visit their web page at http://www.darfieldearthship.com/

Another Good Link for Earthships in Canada

A similar site that is doing this same thing for projects that they are involved with is http://earthship.com/canada

This is the Earthsip Biotecture Site, based in Taos New Mexico Micheal Reynolds and his team is leading the way in testing and further developing Earthship Construction techniques.