The Greenhouse of the Future project aims to teach people all over the world how to build their own eco-homes (and even whole communities) through a combination of several emerging technologies such as permaculture, passive solar energy, living buildings, cold frames, Earthships and bio-intensive agriculture.
It is the brainchild of Francis Gendron, a graduate of the Earthship Academy in Taos, New Mexico. Gendron decided to apply the concepts of radically sustainable buildings to the field of greenhouses, and has created a program to educate the rest of us on how to do the same. If you are interested in permaculture, saving money, self sufficiency and natural living, this is for you. If you have ever wanted to learn more about radically sustainable technologies, clean energy and to grow your own organic produce, Gendron’s project will be a useful starting point.
For a relatively low price (bundles range from $19.95 for the online film plus Ebook), you can get yourself a step-by-step construction guide to building the eco-home of your dreams. The 70-minute DVD, Ebook and planning appendices give an introduction to green concepts, techniques, and technologies such as:
- Passive Solar Energy
- Thermal Mass and Passive Geothermal
- Passive Ventilation
- Earth Tubes
- Rainwater Catchment
- Using recycled and natural materials such as wood, glass bottles and tires.
The technologies and concepts that have inspired the design of this greenhouse have been proven by over 40 years of research and development by Michael Reynolds’ Earthship homes, as well as the many studies on passive solar greenhouses. Interested? Check out Gedron’s online shop or Pinterest page, and get started now!