Earthships in Europe
IHS BRE Press – 2012 – 160 pages
The new edition of this successful book is a detailed description and evaluation of earthships in Europe. Its main purpose is to judge whether the translation of earthships – an American architectural concept pioneered in the New Mexico desert – to a European setting has been successful.
The book includes case studies of people who have built earthships in France, Spain and Britain and a round-up of other projects. It also includes analysis of the most detailed thermal monitoring ever carried out on an earthship and the only ever known airtightness test. This analysis is used to make a series of design recommendations to help make earthships more effective in different climactic conditions.
The book concludes by predicting the likely future of earthships in Europe – whether they will become a model for large-scale low-carbon housing or remain the preserve of a few brave self-builders.
Introduction 1. What is an Earthship? 2. Construction Methods 3. Building with Waste 4. Renewable Energy 5. Water 6. European Builds 7. Passive Solar Design and Monitored Thermal Performance 8. Conclusion: The Future of Earthships in Europe
Mischa Hewitt is a sustainability consultant and project manager. He is a director of Low Carbon Trust, where he project managed the award winning Earthship Brighton project and runs a range of sustainable construction courses. Mischa runs the sustainable building company Earthwise Construction and has organised many environmental events and conferences. He is a trustee of the AECB, the Sustainable Building Association.
Kevin Telfer is an author and journalist. He has been writing about earthships since 2003. He is also the author of Peter Pan’s First XI, nominated as one of the 2010 books of the year in the several national newspapers and shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers book of the year award in 2011. He co-wrote Grand Designs Abroad with Kevin McCloud and The Remarkable Story of Great Ormond Street Hospital. As a journalist he has written for Green Building Magazine, Grand Designs, and Green Futures, among others.