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Blue Heron EcoHaus: Dealing With Really Bad Water

The high cost of on-site water treatment pushes the owners to an entirely different solution

Posted on Apr 21 2016 by Kent Earle

Editor's note: Kent Earle and his wife, Darcie, write a blog called Blue Heron EcoHaus, documenting their journey “from urbanites to ruralites” and the construction of a superinsulated house on the Canadian prairies. Their previous blog on GBAGreenBuildingAdvisor.com was called Making an ICF Foundation. The blog below was originally published in June 2015. (A complete list of Kent Earle's GBA blogs is provided in the “Related articles” sidebar below.)

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  1. All photos: Kent Earle

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Earthship Hype and Earthship Reality

Should you build your house out of old tires, rammed earth, and empty cans?

Posted on May 23 2014 by Martin Holladay

If you are a hippie from Taos, New Mexico, you know what an earthship is. It’s an off-grid earth-bermed passive solar home with exterior walls made of old tires packed with dirt.

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  1. Images #1, #7, and #8: J. Burton
  2. Image #2: Dominic Alves
  3. Images #3, #4, and #6: Marvin's Dad / Flickr
  4. Image #5: Jessica Reeder

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