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Earthship Ironbank: Eco-Friendly Small Vacation Home (Building-Code-Approved!)


Meet Earthship Ironbank: The first building-code-approved Earthship in Australia!

Martin & Zoe, along with a team of 60 volunteers, constructed this eco-friendly home inspired by the work of Mark Reynolds, who started the “Earthship” movement (lLearn more about Earthship architecture here). Martin went through the trouble of getting it “council-approved” by the building authorities in Australia, to show that it could be done. This is a 750 square-foot structure built primarily from recycled tires filled with earth, and coated in cement. You’ll notice stunning recycled bottle walls all over the home.

You can book a tour of the Earthship, or better yet, you can vacation there via Airbnb!

Stay in a Small Australian Earthship!

The main living area of the Earthship looks out on the gorgeous indoor greenhouse.

This main room is built primarily with earth-filled tires!

The kitchen area includes a lovely wood-burning stove.

They harvested 100 bananas from these palms one winter! Wow!

Here’s the utility room and second bedroom area. The closets are filled with the solar batteries.

Look at how beautiful this bottle wall in the shower is.

This home is so beautiful, as well as eco-friendly. Learn more about Earthships in the video below!

Video: Incredible Small Off-Grid Earthship Home

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife and mama of two little kids. She and her family just purchased a small fixer-upper and are starting a self-sufficient homestead on their happy little acre.
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  • Avatar Belle
    May 5, 2020, 9:52 pm

    I could live in one of the savings on heating and cooling.

  • Avatar Alison
    May 8, 2020, 9:21 pm

    The video was long but worth watching. Clever natural air conditioning system. I love the bottle walls.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      May 11, 2020, 1:43 pm

      Yes I really enjoyed all the intricate details from the video.

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