Packaged Model

A very simple and economical version of the  Earthship concept in terms of construction and building.
Pre-designed drawings and partially prefabricated construction packages available.
Look for the Package Earthship Detail Booklet and the Packaged Plan Option Booklet on the Earthship Store from the homepage of


• It can be adapted to any climate
• It comes in any size
• It comes as a split level for stepping up a hill
• North/south dimensions cannot change but east/west can be as long as you like
• It comes with an open end to the east or the west
• It comes with a garage entering in to the east or west
• Construction drawings aimed at the owner/builder and suitable for obtaining a building permit start at $5,500

Comfortable inside, with no fossil fuels - in any Climate


Pricing Structure:

Step 1 You need land

  • Any land will do as Earthships are thermal mass homes first, passive solar homes second.
  • Your land should face the equator and have a broad east horizon to west horizon view (think solar gain throughout the day, year round).
  • Join an Earthship Community

Step 2 Buy construction drawings and consultation time

  • We talk with you via phone and email to determine the best Earthship design to suit your needs.
  • Multiple sets of construction drawings for the building and health officials in your local area.
  • Determine how you will get your Earthship built.
    • Contract with Earthship Biotecture to build your Earthship, anywhere in the world.
    • Attend an Earthship Seminar, learn how to build your own. Then, build your own.

Step 3 Retain Earthship Biotecture to build your Earthship
Specialists can be made available to guide the project at any level.

  • First retainer is 25% of project budget.
  • Secure permits, etc.
  • Begin staging, scheduling, securing materials, etc. to build your Earthship

Earthships generally cost about the same as conventional buildings cost in your area. The main difference is that Earthship come with all of their own systems. Conventional buildings do not and must be "plugged in".

One of the most recently built Packaged Earthships reports a maximum low temperature of 64 degrees (for a brief time) early in the morning before sunrise after two cloudy days and a minus seventeen degree winter night. This is with no back up heating system what-so-ever. Newer models will expect 68 degrees to be the maximum low in similar conditions. This design has been built in hot wet climates and cold wet climates and has the potential of being slightly “tuned” to deal with a variety of extremes while not changing the basic building.

Building Features
• Construction Material - Typically built with earth-rammed tires, but designs are also available for straw bale, concrete, or adobe at extra cost.
• Thermal Wrap - Rigid insulation around the building to isolate 6' x 6' block of mass from outer earth to stabilize comfort of interior space.
• Electrical - Solar electricity with capabilities of wind, gas generator or conventional utility back up / grid-intertie.
• Water Heating - Gas on demand hot water with capability of solar hot water addition.
• Water Supply - Roof catchment water system into water storage cistern with capability of well or community water back up.
• Waste Water Treatment - Contained grey water and black water treatment and distribution system with capability of conventional septic or community sewage connection.
• Heating / Cooling / Ventilation - Solar, thermal heating and cooling with option of gas or fireplace back up.
• Appliances - Gas cooking, gas or solar electric refrigerators.



Packaged Earthship Rentals:
Packaged Earthships can be viewed and experienced (as nightly rentals) at the Greater World Community in Taos, New Mexico by calling 505 751 0462.

The design of all automobiles is basically the same - a gasoline engine that propels a cabin for people to travel in. This design can be executed in a variety of ways; some resulting in very economical cars and some resulting in luxurious automobiles. The Packaged Earthship is very similar. The basic design is proven to perform and can be executed in a bare bones economical way or in a luxurious custom dream home application. The bottom line is that both the bare bones and the luxury approach can be assured of performing as per the proven basic design.

History of the Packaged Earthship
After 25 years of evolving the Earthship concept in terms of both performance and cost, the Packaged Earthship is the result. Much of the conceptual development and rationale is discussed in the Earthship Volumes I, II, and III as well as the the new book Comfort In Any Climate.

These books are recommended reading for anyone about to embark on the journey of obtaining their own sustainable Earthship. The Packaged Earthship is sized, detailed and arranged for optimum performance of the independent power, water, sewage and comfort control systems. In addition, the factors of cost and user friendly construction and detailing were also considerations in determining the design of this unit.



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Construction Drawings

Designed to meet Standard Building Codes.
Earthships can be built in any part of the world, in any climate and still provide you with what you need to survive, with 'modern' amenities, if desired.

- Simple Survival Earthship
- Packaged Earthship
- Vaulted Global Earthship
- Custom Options

Contact Us for Details phone: 575-751-0462

Global Earthship
Studio -- $5,000 click to purchase
One bedroom -- $6,000 click to purchase
Two bedroom -- $7,000 click to purchase
Three bedroom -- $8,000 click to purchase

- 30 pages in color, two sets.
- 11 x 17, includes five CAD views.
- Includes details for trusses and vigas, two hours of free follow up consultation and one 'Ground Up' DVD
- Changes or custom modifications are available at hourly rates.

About Earthship Biotecture

Earthship construction drawings are designed to meet standard building code requirements so you can get a permit no matter where you are. Earthship Biotecture is beyond LEED Architecture. Earthships are green buildings that meet standard building codes. EarthshipBiotecture is based on the work of principal architect, Michael Reynolds. (see: media resume)

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Main Office and Nightly Rentals
+1 (575) 751-0462
Visitor Center +1 (575) 613-4409

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1041
Taos, NM  87571