Recycled Tyres

Recycled tyres have been used to create the structural walls of new homes called earthships in Fife and near Brighton, UK. The tyres are laid in courses, filled with rammed earth, and finished internally with plaster and externally with solar tiles. To date only a few small housing units have been built, but subject to Building Regulations, there is no theoretical limitation on size. The UK produces 40 million used tyres per year,

Fig. 15.6 Sandbags in construction. Architects and Photograph: Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

enough to create 20 000 low carbon autonomous earthships annually.

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