Forget reclaimed wood or brick, one Vermont homeowner is using an atypical recycled material to construct her new home. Old rubber tires packed with stone dust will act as the homes’ enclosure, says NBC. Not only will the home be primarily built using recycled materials, but will function as fully off-the-grid. There will be a special rooftop system which collects and filters rainwater and solar panels will power lights and appliances. The inspiration for this home comes from the 1970s architectural concept called “Earthships.” Earthships are homes made from recycled and natural materials and entirely self-sustainable.
Large walls of glass capture thermal heat, solar panels power lights and appliances, and a special rooftop system collects and filters rainwater and melted snow for household use.
Hatch's insulated property will also be served by well water, have cooling vents and a septic system, burn wood for extra warmth, and include a greenhouse for in-home food production year-round. The home will not rely on fossil fuels.
"The house does so much for you," she said, referring to the features such as the heating and cooling system. "You're living so close to nature when you're doing something like this."