Living In A Modern EcoVillage… – Eco Snippets

Living In A Modern EcoVillage…

Living In A Modern EcoVillage...

Welcome to the “Aardehuizen”, or “Earth houses”. It took over 3 years to build and was built by the people themselves following Earthship principles, using mostly recycled, reused, and locally sourced building materials. 23 houses; 70 people; mostly families live here…

Living In A Modern EcoVillage...

Low tech building materials meet high-tech energy systems in order to create a very sustainable and liveable environment…

Living In A Modern EcoVillage...

This house has 22 solar panels on the roof (both PV and heating) ; the shed with the three skylights has an aquaponics system that grows both fish and vegetables; and of course there is a Tesla on the car park spot…

Living In A Modern EcoVillage...

The construction method for the walls is clearly visible here: earth-rammed recycled car tires. Other construction materials include hemp, straw bales, wood and locally sourced clay…

Living In A Modern EcoVillage...

I love how there’s no asphalt or street lighting in the whole neighbourhood, just creeks and pavements…

Living In A Modern EcoVillage...

Testing the fire hydrant. It worked…

Living In A Modern EcoVillage...

The neighbourhood produces ~75% of its own electricity and 100% of its own heat…

Living In A Modern EcoVillage...

No buildings can be built within 100m from the railway, which is why that area will always remain green. It is currently used as a public park, including a communal herb garden…

Living In A Modern EcoVillage...

Most of the inhabitants grow their own herbs and vegetables, or have chickens

Living In A Modern EcoVillage...

The view for the first row houses is magnificent; green fields as far as the eye can see…

Living In A Modern EcoVillage...

Sheep are used instead of mowing the lawn. They even roam the roofs of the houses…

Living In A Modern EcoVillage...

Although there is a village close by, light pollution is very low for Dutch standards. Since there is no street lighting, on clear nights many stars are visible…

Living In A Modern EcoVillage...

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