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An Earthship is a type of passive solar house that is made of both natural and upcycled materials such as earth-packed tires, pioneered by architect Michael Reynolds.  The Earthship architecture concept began to take shape in the 1970s. The architect Michael Reynolds wanted to create a home that would do three things: first, it would utilize sustainable architecture, and material indigenous to the local area or recycled materials wherever possible; second, the homes would rely on natural energy sources and be independent from the “grid”; thirdly, it would be feasible for a person with no specialized construction skills to build. Eventually, Reynolds’s vision was transformed into the common U-shaped earth-filled tire homes seen today.  There is an entire area of about 80 homes now that rather look like a scene from the movie Mad Max, and these homes are "off the grid", owners paying no electricity as they get their power from the sun; homes are heated this way too.  A must see!

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Listing information last updated on October 22nd, 2018 at 6:47pm EDT.