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Building a Sustainable Home

September 22, 2017

Efforts to build a home that meets all of one's requirements and yet produces minimum negative effects to the world around it.  

 

 

Being a longtime environmental geek, it was a no-brainer that I would want to make my first official home as environmentally-friendly and as self-sustaining as possible. After all, it would be dishonest to live in a space that violates the values that I hold dear, especially when the construction of it is fully (or at least mostly) under my control. 

 

I hear you, Gandhi. 

 

 

But what does having a sustainable home mean exactly?

 

 

"Do you wanna build an Earthship?" (Neither a planet nor a ship)

 

Imagine a house built of plastic bottles and used tyres. 

 

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You’d think a house built of these would be an eyesore, but people have actually gotten incredibly creative and artistic with it!

 

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These homes are called Earthships, which is a type of building that adheres to a few criteria that make them the ULTIMATE example of sustainable architecture.

 

Side note: You may not know this, but Malaysia also has an Earthship!

 

Build for Tomorrow constructed one in Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan, with a lot of help from volunteers. It was completed in 2016 and now functions as a home for a family as well as a guesthouse for you to stay in. 

 

 Malaysia's first Earthship. Source: Build4Tomorrow

 

 

My friends and I also got to take part. I think we only contributed 0.00002% to the build, but it was a great experience!