“Earthships can be built to create fantastic survival shelters. This simple shelter is being constructed in Te Puke (New Zealand) as part of a training program aimed at teaching survivors of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu how to construct these robust buildings for their communities.”
More info on this project here: http://www.livingbiginatinyhouse.com/survival-shelter-earthship/
We don’t often report on earthship projects since they’re so much more labor intensive than earthbags. However, this project is interesting, and if adapted to earthbags then it could be practical enough to catch on. As I keep saying, if you’re planning to build with tires, do a simple test to compare ramming one tire and one earthbag. There’s about 10-fold difference in time and labor. Multiply that times hundreds of tires and … well, you get the idea. (Actually I’m surprised people are still building with tires. It seems like people would have figured out by now how much extra work is involved. Example – the plaster work alone would take 2-3 times longer than plastering an earthbag house due to the huge spaces between tires that have to be filled.) You can build an earthship type house with earthbags and still get all the water collection and solar features for off grid living.