An Earthship home may soon be landing in New York City‘s Lower East Side — according to The Low Down NY, last night resident Ken Ruck proposed plans for the construction of a completely self-sustaining residence on Pitt Street, designed by architect Michael Reynolds. The proposed building is a six-story structure with a 2-story residence at the bottom – the remaining four stories would house systems that generate solar and wind energy and collect and treat rainwater.
Reynolds has built thousands of Earthship homes around the globe, but this would be the first in New York City. The site is currently a vacant lot zoned for a twelve story building — the Earthship would only take up half of that, so it would therefore not be disruptive. Set amidst former tenements across from a public housing development, the Earthship could also educate the community on sustainability and waste reduction.
Earthships utilize state-of-the-art systems to collect rain and snow, produce electricity via wind and solar panels (which is stored in batteries for future use), recycle sewage (toilet water is recycled greywater), and regulate interior temperature.
Ruck plans to offer monthly tours of the building as another way of giving back to the Lower East Side community which he loves so much. The Community Board was not opposed to the project, nor was the site owner (Paul Stallings). It is still unknown what energy companies Con Edison or National Grid will say of the project. If all goes well, Ruck will get the green light to construct the first Earthship in an urban setting.
Via The Low Down NY