7:30pm – Sunday, October 2 on ABC1
In April 2008 Daren Howarth and partner Adi Nortje moved from Brighton (UK) to Brittany in France to take on a huge life experiment to build an earth-sheltered home almost entirely from recycled materials and to live as sustainably as possible.
Based on ideas pioneered in the 1970s in New Mexico their main building blocks were old tyres packed with rammed earth.
But this very low tech house required lots of low tech energy to build it. To keep costs down Daren and Adi enlisted the help of a bunch of unskilled volunteers to help them, in exchange for teaching them the techniques. All very admirable, but with the main components of this build being rubbish and mud, the danger was that the house would end up looking like a hobbit house.
Daren and Adi moved into their Earthship-inspired house in February 2009.
After eighteen months Kevin returns to see whether this house has enabled Daren and Adi to live sustainably and to see if their big life experiment has been a success.