I mentioned previously that the Earthship BnB is on hold until I have full approval (hence the chookship). At this stage I have planning approval but still need building approval... Thankfully the structural engineer has made good progress and has agreed to tyre walls with no footings (yeah!) and has been very reasonable about various other oddities. So I'm stoked. I hope to have the final set of drawings this week or next.
CFS (country fire service) have given the BnB the thumbs up and downgraded the BAL (bushfire attack level) on account of the earth-sheltered (bermed) design (yeah!).
Had a great day pounding tyres and throwing some mud on Sunday. Had a great team of about 12 helpers - thanks all!
Here is a photo showing the front greenhouse wall (which will eventually be bermed) which swings around 180 degrees in an arc to connect up to the western wing wall. Also installed an oversize pipe in the wall so the plumber can connect up the septic tank with some proper plumbing.
I will be speaking briefly at the Adelaide Transitions Film Festival after the screening of Earthship New Solutions movie. Details about that here http://www.transitionsfilmfestival.com/program/
Still awaiting planning approval however the "public notification" period passed uneventfully. This was required due to the planning rules on our "rural environment" zoned block of land. Basically council advertised the project via newspaper and informed the neighbours - there were no objections :-) We keep on rolling.
Had a great day pounding tyres yesterday. Perfect weather. I'm still awaiting planning approval and have started discussions with SA Health regarding the greywater planters. Initial meeting went well. Here is a photo from yesterday.
Another workshop on Sun 30 September. Book here ($15) http://www.trybooking.com/BUTT
I've had some great helpers recently. Some all the way from Tassie! Thanks everyone for your awesome (sustainable/renewable) energy! We've been tackling the curved wall at the west end of the earthship (pictured here). It steps down from the wing wall to a low garden wall and then connects up with the greenhouse wall. It will form a patio area for a... hot tub!!