Photosynthesis, Dec. 19: Sustainable Construction

Earthship Front

Earthship Front

The only earthship in Boulder is built into the natural landscape. (Photo/Nicolene Durham)

Earthship Windows

Earthship Windows

One side of the earthship is designed to collect passive solar energy from the sun, while the back side is flush with the landscape. (Photo/Nicolene Durham)

Foundation

Foundation

The foundation of an earthship, as well as all construction materials, are recycled and repurposed. (Photo/Nicolene Durham)

Chicken Coop Earthship

Chicken Coop Earthship

The elements of earthship design can be incorporated into houses designed for humans as well as animals, like in this chicken coop in progress. (Photo/Nicolene Durham)

Earthship Roof

Earthship Roof

The Roof of an earthship is designed to maximize rainwater collection, and is heavily insulated to minimize heat loss. (Photo/Nicolene Durham)

Chicken Coop Earthship - 2

Chicken Coop Earthship - 2

This chicken coop was built as part of an earthship-building workshop, demonstrating the key principles of earthship design in a smaller format. (Photo/Nicolene Durham)

Earthship Side

Earthship Side

Recycled glass, repurposed wood, and sustainably sourced rocks form the outside walls of the earthship, with recycled materials built into the foundation and insulation. (Photo/Nicolene Durham)

For this week’s Photosynthesis, guest contributor and CU Journalism MA candidate Nicolene Durham shares photographs of Boulder’s only earthship.  Earthships are the pinnacle of sustainable design.  They utilize passive solar heating, capture rainwater, and are constructed entirely of natural and recycled materials.

Nika also recently published an article on earthships in The Elephant Journal.  Read it here.

The Boulder Stand’s Emilie Bierschenk and April Nowicki also produced a  short news piece on sustainable construction and earthships, visible here on Photosynthesis.

The next Photosynthesis contest will be announced in January.  To our fellow CU students and contributors, happy winter break!

 

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