Incredible Mini Earthship Style Cabin – Tiny Off Grid House with Solar Power

Hey everyone! It's Danielle from Exploring Alternatives. In this video, we're checking out a tiny earthship at the Terra Perma eco-resort in Harrington,
Quebec, Canada. [Music Playing] So it's basically a form of passive solar
home that allows you to heat your home and keep
it cool just by controlling the energy from the sun. There's one main wall in this earthship and it's built in a U-shape using recycled
tires that are filled with earth and then they piled on a bunch of earth on
top of that wall at the back so that the wall and that huge mound that
they created form a thermal mass that can absorb energy
from the sun and what that's meant to do is create an indoor
temperature that's stable all year round.

So they've got these huge south facing windows
that let the sun in during the winter and then an overhanging roof to block the
sun during the summer. This tiny earth ship has a lot of really interesting
sustainable features and it's a beautiful structure so let's go take a look inside. [Music Playing] When you first come into the earthship, there's
a really generous sized entryway with a huge storage closet and a beautiful recycled bottle wall that
must have taken hundreds of hours to create. Then you can come into the main room of the
earthship and it's absolutely stunning in here. You've got the back side of the bottle wall
here, they did some beautiful sculptures using cob on all of the walls, and then they painted it with a natural lime
paint.

You've got a nice big log bed frame here right in the center of the house. A cozy sitting area with a futon that stretches out so you can
actually sleep 4 in here. Huge windows inside give you a really amazing
view so you really feel like you're part of nature. There's a wood stove for supplemental heat
in the winter and there's a small kitchen over here with a sink that's not plumbed so you have
this water jug. There's a small propane cook top here that's
hooked up to a small propane tank outside. A little bit of space for storage and then they've got compost, garbage and
recycling which I always like to see.

A small kind of working and/or dining room
area and they've got a couple of plugs here that
are attached to their solar system outside so that you can plug in a fan or a computer
or whatever you want. And then just a small book shelf. So overall it's a really beautiful space and
you really do have everything you need in here except a shower and a toilet. There is an outhouse outside and for the shower, this is part of an eco-village so there is a communal shower block not too
far down the path. For us, if we were going to live here we would
probably create a small little shower stall somewhere in the house. Because this is a miniature earthship, it
doesn't have the exact proportions of a regular earthship. So, from what we've learned touring other
earthships, the square footage of your window area is
supposed to be 30% of the square footage of your floor space to get the right ratio of the energy from
the sun heating up the thermal mass in the back so that you're not overheating the house and
so that it's not too cold in the winter.

So based on the amount of windows in here it's really beautiful but I think it's probably
more than 30% so it is a little bit warmer in here during
the summer. So what they've done to address that is they've
got a little pump beside the bed that has a pipe going behind the house and
into the mountain behind it and basically that's allowing air to circulate
through the pipe and cool down underground and then be recirculated into the earthship so it's bringing cool air in and circulating
it through here to keep it cool.

They've also got some curtains that you can
put up when the sun is really bright and they also have the large overhang as well,
which is blocking the summer sun. Another thing you'd usually see in an earthship
is angled windows so that they're on an angle to the winter
sun. These ones, they've put them in straight up
and down so they're at right angles to the ground and the reason they did that is because it's
a vacation rental and they just wanted to have lower maintenance.

So they didn't want to have a lot of dirt
or snow collecting on the windows so that they'd have to come by all the time
and clean them off. In case it does get colder in here in the
winter, they do have the wood stove and they have plans to have an in-floor radiant
heating system. So they have put pipes throughout the floor that they can fill up with glycol and then have that be heated by the wood stove
so you would even have a heated floor.

This tiny earthship has a huge 1000 Watt solar
power system outside which seems like a lot of energy for such
a small space. One of the reasons why they put in such a
huge system is because they are going to have a pump running
the glycol through the floor 24 hours a day during the winter. Another really important component to an earthship
is that they're usually designed to collect rainwater. So this one doesn't have their gutter system
set up yet but they did create an angled roof and they
do plan to add gutters so that they have a 3-season rainwater collection system to provide water for whoever is staying here. Terra Perma is an eco village that's trying
to incorporate community, and tourism, and permaculture, and sustainability all into one space and it's really interesting.

So they've got a residential area on this
huge piece of land that they have where they're selling lots so that people
can actually move here full time then they've got a cooperative business area so that residents of the eco village can create
their own businesses and share resources and then there's the tourism area which is
where we are right now and this is where they've built miniature
models of green buildings so that people can come here and stay for
a night or two or a week and experience what it's like to live in a
tiny earth ship or a yurt or another kind of sustainable building.

Thanks for watching, I hope you enjoyed this
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