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Earthship in QUébec

 
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Location: Montmagny, Québec, Canada (zone 4b)
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I don't think it has been posted here. Here is an example of earthship that has been built 8 years ago. Remember that here, winter can be arsh with -30 oC . Seems that they are burning only 4-5 cords of wood in winter...it is amazing. I am still questionning myself about passiv solar heating with -30 but I guess it is possible.As far as the exterior toilett hummm...this I'm not sure at all (for me :p )

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Isabelle Gendron
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Found it in English

http://vimeo.com/62425859
 
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Does anyone have any earthships in temperate zone resources (or maybe there is a thread?) I'd love the math on how much mass to solar gain is needed.

Thanks!
 
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Bonsoir Isabelle,

You're talking about my earthship I see www.es-cargo.qc.ca
We're entering our 10th winter and looking forward to the white season!

We're already in the below freezing temperatures at night. Actually, the first frost is at the end of September where we live.

We do use about 4 cords of "crappy" wood a year in our Rocket Stove/mass heater (we use it both for heating and cooking).. Are you jealous yet?

Hello Stefan,

I found out that theory and practice are 2 very different things, probably because so many variables need to be accounted for, that it makes it almost impossible not to miss something.

Too much mass is just as bad as not enough. In the first case, you might end up having to blast your Rocket for 2-3 days to get back to tolerable temperatures after being away a few days... Earthships have HUGE windows where you lose a LOT of heat. In the second case, everyone knows you overheat!

That said, we still love our home and have found a few tricks to alleviate the problems we discovered along the way, as you can see in the vimeo.

... and going the the composting outhouse in winter is NOT a problem. Try it before you give your comments, please?

 
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Stefan James : Really really brand new ! Cronk Earthship on Facebook ! Adams New York ! Big AL
 
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Good morning Helene,

Maybe my French speaking is just not well translate. I think it is great that you use only 4 cords of wood...yes I am jealous.

Has for the outdoor toilet...I didn't say that it wasn't great...I think it is great if you can use it. I was saying that for me, at the point where I am in my self sufficiency adventures, I am not there yet...that's it. Not critizising at all...

Bonne ¨continuation¨...

Isabelle
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