The Cooks, a Port Dover couple, has decided to build their dream home built with about 45% reused materials including plastic and glass bottles, cans, reclaimed wood, natural plaster and stone, and reclaimed metal from refrigerators and washing machines.
The concept of these homes, called Earthships, became popularized in 2007 with the documentary Garbage Warrior. Now they're going up all over North America and the world.
The couple is doing most of the construction work themselves, and their biggest monthly expense after completion will be their phone. A wind turbine has been installed that will feed electricity to feed the lights, television, washing machine and other appliances. Water needs are met by roof water collected and run through filters.
Kirsten Jacobson, education director at Earthship Biotecture, said the homes are defined by six guiding principles:
1. Building with natural and recycled materials
2. Thermal solar heating and cooling
3. Solar and wind electricity
4. Water harvesting
5. Contained sewage treatment
6. On-site food production
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