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Some more information about earthship building, with even more details about the systems featured in them, such as water collection, lighting, temperature regulation, etc. A really great reference material. The only thing is, it is a bit dated when it comes to specific technology related info, such as light fixtures. For example, it goes into great lengths explaining the types of fluorescent light-bulbs available, and where to get them, but LED lighting is not even mentioned. All this is underst ...more
so parts of it made me giggle. & honestly, sometimes it bugs me HOW Reynolds mentions getting around building codes--instead of showing the local code enforcement types how it's a viable or (more accurately) a desirable building concept. knowing what I know about some of the Earthship history in the US, he got a lot more accomplished when he made it more presentable to less adventurous types. But I did get quite a bit out of the book.
While volume 1 talks about the structure and placement of an earthship, volume 2 goes into the systems that make it work. It feels a little dated in that technology has improved since Reynolds published, but the principles seem solid. I liked his gray water recycling ideas and there's even more diagrams of nifty things to do with tin cans.