Earthship Architecture: Thermal Performance and Life Cycle Assessment

PhD project by Martin Freney

Martin’s research aims to quantify the environmental impacts of the Earthship, an autonomous housing concept built substantially from waste products such as old car tyres, compared with other forms of housing. In particular, Martin is interested in wall construction, however other areas of interest are the autonomous systems such as greywater treatment and off-grid renewable energy. Martin is using thermal modelling to understand the effects of different wall materials, and other design features such as a conservatory, on the operational energy of the home. The results from the thermal modelling will then be used to conduct a life cycle assessment of each house type giving an impression of the homes’ environmental impacts throughout their whole lifespan.

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