Chapel of the Holy Spirit

An Independent 
Catholic Community
155 Douglas Avenue
Providence, RI 02908

Responding to 2014's Typhoon Haiyan

Philippines Windship

Responding to 2014's Typhoon Haiyan, Earthship Biotecture has been joined by a team of local, national and international volunteers building what we call the “Windship” Earthship design in the Philippines. The Windship has evolved from the Simple Survival Earthship design and functions to serve as an aerodynamic storm shelter and school building for a community outside of Tacloban in Leyte Island. 

Partnering with the Earth Village Project and One Block for Batug, Earthship is ready to launch a second hit in order to complete the structure's finishes and to install the power and water systems.  We are also looking to simultaneously building a zero-cost hut in the community made solely from salvaged, local and recycled materials.

Our crew works with our volunteers in training onsite and providing educational presentations throughout the build.  Our goal is to empower all of our participants to implement these techniques in rebuilding resilient structures and creating a more sustainable future. 

  Why This Design?  

 These buildings:

  • Heat and cool themselves naturally via solar/thermal dynamics
  •  Collect their own power from the sun and wind
  • Harvest their own water from rain and snow melt
  • Contain and treat their own sewage on site
  • Produce a significant amount of food
  • Are constructed using the byproducts of modern society like cans, bottles and tires.

Earthships include their own utilities made on site. An Earthship uses little to no fossil fuels to provide modern amenities. We are simply adapting basic human needs to the already existing activities of the planet, creating independence for the communities that will benefit from them.

We aim to educate our registered volunteers and local community members of these concepts so they are able to implement these building techniques and further empower their own communities.

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