Learn how to design DIY eco home you can afford to build // from concept > graph paper > 3D model
DESIGN YOUR SELF HEATING SOLAR PASSIVE ECO HOME FOR YOUR UNIQUE CLIMATE
Please join me in my new guided online training program where I will take you through you all the steps of designing your very own eco shelter on a shoe-string budget.
As some of you may know, I have put my life towards developing a Living Bio Shelter Organism that houses the inhabitants in a nature inspired eco home. If you don't know me and what I stand for then scroll through 300+ videos on my 6 year old YouTube channel. To understand my design ethics please explore my inventions and watch some testimonials from other students
In my new 12 week training, you'll receive 2X pre-recorded tutorials every week and each Saturdays, for the duration of entire course, we'll do a ZOOM live support session to get you through anything that you might be stuck (based on the tutorials received from that particular week.)
You will learn how to conceptualise, design and draw you own home on paper and then model it a super fun and intuitive curvilinear based 3D software. I will gift you a free version of Rhino 3D.
our bio-tecture drawing class is made up of 3 parts:
theory on principles of biological eco home design
drawing a home on graph paper (the same one as in the picture above)
modelling the same home we drew on paper in 3D software
We will kick off with paperwork using basic tools such as a compass and a ruler and then, as a group, we will take my latest (2022) Earthship-inspired Wautillarium for cold climate drawing into Rhino 3D software. Yes, you will draw this same design with me as I guide you along every step of the way.
The course will be interwoven with short video snippets from my previous live builds, as I explain hands-on conclusions and construction methodologies to get our homes from paper > to > 3D software > to physical reality. My main aim is for you to be able to build your creations and live in them or rent them out for additional income.
In the 2D part I've placed the camera right over my desk so you will see my hands and full-scale drawing, as you follow along. I will share my screen whenever we are doing Rhino 3D work so you can see exactly what to do and why. If you fall behind you can always go back to tutorials and watch them again. They will be available to you indefinitely into the future and all the lessons are downloadable.
At our course, we will take a close look at the blueprints for the Moon Cocoon from CalEarth as well as the Simple Survival Model from Earthship Biotecture. This lesson will provide you with necessary details that are required on our set of drawings in order to be approved by a structural engineer and this receive a "Certification of Occupancy" stamp.
What makes my design methodology and teaching methods unique is that you will learn how to design buildings that can be practically constructed with a minimal amount of materials (due to catenary domes and vaults)
Being able to visualize your home on paper and then in 3D is the first big step towards realizing your construction into reality.
To support you, I have created a live telegram group for the duration of our training, and beyond, where you will be able to ask questions and interact with other students.
The aim of this course is for you to be able have crystal clarity when you get to site, whether you are building DIY style or managing a team of contractors.
below are eco home designs that I drew over the last few years that lead me to a refined 2023 model
conceptualize your home based on your climate, budget, needs, and level of skills
draw your concepts on paper, top view (plan), side view (section), elevation
take your sketches from paper and model them in
add details to your drawings that are necessary to meet the code
what it takes (liquid waste, structural integrity permit etc) to get our homes approved
detailed study of a professional blueprint from CalEarth as well as Earthship Biotecture.
Q: Can you tell me, if your 3D-software includes a tool for static calculation of different materials, ore will that be matter of creator?
A: The software is Rhino 3D which is pretty powerful. In your own time you can delve deep into the physics aspects of it, calculating various materials. I know a plugin, Rhino Vault 2, which calculates tension loads and weight bearings
Q: I work in 2D autocad and design a lot of houses, I do not use 3D programs though. Will I still be able to do all of these concepts?
A: I teach students with no CAD experience and we start with graph paper by designing plan view , elevations etc and then we move into Rhino 3D. If you have already been working with CAD, then you are miles ahead and Rhino 3D will be much easier to learn
Q: Not sure when I am going to start the course, but i am going on vacation at the end of this month. Is it an online course or live course? Just want to make sure I am getting as much information as possible.
A: We have a 3 month long session starting every single season so please join us in Autumn on 24th of September 2022. The lessons are pre-recorded and edited. There are 12 guided weekly support sessions, to get the group moving along, and help anyone that gets stuck or has questions.
Q: Will I need a structural engineer? I do have one, but really not sure how they will react to a design like this, haha. They might take it on might not so just curious!
A: Depends what state you want to build, but yes having an engineer that understands catenary shapes,, vaults and domes might be necessary. Due to the nature of catenary shapes they are extremely strong on compression. Thus a 4 inch(10 cm) recommended thickness of the vault gives tremendous strength to any roof under 15 feet width.
Q: Does your design work for all climates and soil profiles? We are located in Nevada, United States so just curious how standards may change from location to location.
A:The design we draw is particular for the cold climate, but we discuss various changes necessary for various climates. I also welcome the students to bring their designs up for discussion. There are a few good books and videos I share in our telegram group to assist design for specific climatic conditions.