Technology Proposal for theAkim Asene Library Project A local Application of Earthship Biotecture: Using recyclable materials, commonly Found in Ghana, to build a completely Self-Sustaining Community Library
What is Earthship Biotecture? Radically sustainable buildings made with recycled materials. Developed in New Mexico, United States, by Michael Reynolds, an ingenious architect. The most versatile and economical, sustainable green building design in the world, customizable to any climate. A 40 year old technology, completely developed and applied to countries all over the world.
One example in a infinite amount of designs: “Anything is Possible!”
Components of a Self-Sustaining EarthShip Electricity: from sun and wind. Water: from rain Sewage:sanitary treatment. Heating & Cooling: from sun and earth. Food: grow inside and outside. Materials: Built with Materials like Tires, Glass bottles and cans, mud and cement.
The Building Blocks, Tires??? Able to be fashioned with little or no energy:The automobile tire can be used as found without any modification. The process of ramming them full of packed earth is achieved with simple human labor and can be done with whatever type of earth is available on the building site. Can be done with simple labor skills, no training necessary. The impact of large scale use of this idea would result in depletion of the giant tire mountains that have become a serious problem in many cities. This building block is therefore achieved with little or no manufactured additional energy.(Earthship.com)
The POWER of TiresThermal Mass: There are few materials, if any thatwould provide better, more dense mass for storingtemperature than rammed earth. The rubber tirecasings provide a natural form for humanlymanageable production of thermal mass buildingblocks with little more than human energy. Fewmaterials would provide the structural bearingcapacities and homogenous qualities of an earthrammed tire wall.The diameter of the tires (2-4") sets the thickness forthe walls at 2-8" with plaster, finish. This amount ofdense mass surrounding every room of an earthshipprovides a thermal battery like no other inconstruction history.
It is Possible! Earth, Wind, Water and Food All technology involved in the process of building a structure using Earth Biotecture is avaliable on the web and in print format. Earthship: How to Build Your Own, Vol. 1 & 2, Michael Reynolds (Author) All information used in this presentation and more can be found at: http://earthship.com/ We are also in contact with a Engineering Technology major at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology whom has been studying and following the Earthship movement.
Next Steps The Akim Asene Library Project would like to present the use of this technology to the community leaders and ask for their support in the design concepts. A thorough investigation of materials needed must be done through research and investigation on prior Earthship projects in similar climates. A formal Construction plan must be drawn up using Biotecture technology with local materials in mind. A complete blue print must be drawn up.