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Earthwood is both our home and our Building School. We are off-the-grid, deriving our power from photovoltaics and heating with wood through our 23-ton masonry stove. The house is a round two-story cordwood masonry earth-shelter, with a living roof. We have ten outbuildings including guest houses, a sauna, book store, and more. All are built of cordwood masonry, most with living roofs. We have a bicycle pump water system and an astronomically attuned megalithic stone circle. Learn more at our Earthwood website: The tour takes between one and two hours.

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Our 1200-watt system was added on to as we could afford it. It meets our needs. The most recent 720-watt Evergreen array successfully replaces a wind system we had for almost 30 years.

Other Benefits:

Off-the-grid energy freedom

Maintenance Requirements:

Check the water level in the batteries every couple of months

Efficiency or Sustainability Improvements:

Masonry stove. Bicycle-powered water system.

My Motivation:

Mortgage freedom

Additional Notes:

For over 30 years, Earthwood Building School has been a leader in teaching cordwood masonry, earth-sheltered housing and living roof construction, both at our West Chazy, NY campus and around the world. We are leaders in megalithic stone erection.

Open House Info:

Saturday, October 5th, 10 am to 4 pm. The tour typically takes about 90 minutes. For directions, go to Click on Newsletter and scroll down to Directions.


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