Self-sustaining house being built in Texas neighborhood

House uses discarded non-conventional items

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 4:50pm

All eyes right now are on a small gated community in Cherokee County, Tex.. With roughly six hundred residents, one home being built stands alone.

Michael McCraw with Lakewood Property tells Tyler, Tex. station KETK-TV, "This area of Lakewood is being prepped for a house that is totally self containable."

But, besides being a house with no water or electricity bill, the strange thing is what it's made out of....things that most of us throw away.

"As you can see there are all kinds of tires and stuff that people, normal people throw away and there putting it back into the ground and use it to help this house take care of itself."

A company called Biotechture Training is responsible for build, and the hope is that more of these homes will be built in the future.

Precinct Three County Commissioner Katherine Pinotti, who declined to speak on camera said not only will these types of house save the county money by getting rid of some of their used tires.

So how can the house be self sustainable?

Solar panels will charge batteries providing the house with electricity. The house will also catch water from the sky and water pumps will also provide additional water which is filtered before making it's way into the house. Sewage is processed through a filter which eventually ends up feeding plants, and of course the plants are part of a greenhouse which will provide fruits and vegetables.

It may surprise you, but one of the most attractive things about a dome home is the price which is roughly the same as getting a new car. According to the companies website a 1250 square foot 2 bedroom, 1 bath house will run you about $20,000 to build.

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