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Such homes make use of non-polluting renewable energy sources and smart design to meet most if not all heating, cooling and power needs. The term Earthship, coined by self-proclaimed "biotect" Mike Reynolds, is derived from the homes being in and of the Earth--that is, constructed responsibly out of earthen materials and built into the ground. It also refers to living in a ship, which requires inhabitants to be autonomous from outside help (such as a power grid). The concept has spread well beyond from its roots in the desert surrounding Taos, New Mexico. Besides being the headquarters for Reynolds' Earthship Biotecture business, the Taos area is also home to several Earthship communities which generate their own power without contributing to the atmosphere's growing carbon load and make use of local recycled materials to minimize resource use. Construction materials in Earthship homes vary according to what particular recycled items are plentiful and useful in a given locale. The New Mexico versions usually consist of exterior walls made from earth-filled tires stacked like bricks and covered in stucco or adobe. These thick outer walls employ "thermal mass construction" to naturally regulate indoor temperatures. Wintertime heating is provided primarily by the Earthship's layout and orientation, with windows on the sunny sides of the building letting in light and heat. A properly constructed Earthship can maintain a comfortable indoor air temperature with plentiful natural ventilation all year-round with little or no help from power-hungry heating or cooling equipment. According to the website, some other common features in Earthship homes include: curving interior walls fleshed An Earthship in Taos, New December 16, 2009 out with recycled cans mortared closely by Colorado. Several together with concrete; rooftop have sprung up in England and water catchment; reuse of so- France as well as in South Africa, called gray water for landscaping among other countries. And with irrigation and plumbing;more and more governments composting toilets; and other tightening uptheir building codes cutting-edge eco-friendly to require increased energy techniques and technologies,efficiency and smarter use of Earthship Biotecture makes resources, Earthships are bound available via its website several to become even more popular. books and videos outlining CONTACTS: Earthship different perspectives on the Biotecture,; Earthship concept, as well as, www. practical information on how to build one of your own. The website also provides a wealth of GOT AN information on existing Earthships and helps those interested in ENVIRONMENTAL the concept connect with one QUESTION? another via a global network of Send it to: EarthTalk builders and enthusiasts. 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