Designs and Models

Here is a selection of designs and models which were done for various projects... feel free to browse and get ideas, these may be used as is or modified any way you like for both the ECOSPHERE™ and OASIS™ building systems.

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An Ecosphere can be built above grade, semi- underground, or totally underground. If the Ecosphere is mostly above grade, and if there is a need for the berms to be at a steep angle, the earth is structured using various low-cost reinforcing systems that we provide or which can be locally sourced. In many cases there is no need for any special structuring of the surrounding earth, for example If the Ecosphere is underground or mostly underground, or there is enough space around the building to construct berms at at an angle of less than 50 degrees. These simple methods can also be refined to provide even greater energy savings in colder climates using Passive Solar (PAHS) systems that use a waterproof "umbrella" layer to create conditions in which energy savings can reach up to 100%, needing little or no external heating sources even in the harshest weather conditions. Our steb by step manuals and videos make construction easy and quick..



Over 300 million people live in the worlds deserts and semi-deserts, where a vegetated system like the Ecosphere would be very difficult to build and expensive to mantain. At the same time buildings in these dry climates with extremes of heat and cold benefit greatly from the principles of earth-sheltering. For these reasons we have developed Oasis™, designed for deserts and arid regions. Desert sand, one of the planets most abundant materials, is generally considered useless for building because its grains are rounded like tiny marbles, instead of angular as in beach or river sand. However, stabilized and in combination with Biotekt's extremely strong composite shells, it becomes an ideal sheltering material.