Building Tomorrow

Building Tomorrow is an initiative by Darius Fleming and 8 other students at the VIA University in Horsens, Denmark. They where inspired by the earthship movement and especially the documentary the Garbage Warrior by Michael Reynolds. An earthship is an off-grid house made from recycled materials. Darius put a team together with the right people. Architects, designers, project leaders etc. They convinced their uni and they allowed them to build at their site. So the adventure began. It took them two years of designing and another year to build it.

To make the accommodation completely off-grid they needed a few things: electricity which comes from wind turbines and solar panels. Heating, this comes mainly from the sun. The house is designed towards the sun so it warms and cools itself. And then there is water. Water is collected by rain and filtered by plants in the building.
A small side note has to be made that the current house still takes some energy from the network as it’s not big enough to produce all the power on it’s own but version 2.0 is going to be fully off-grid.

During the process Darius and his teammates learned a lot, they had no experience and did a lot of things that hadn’t been done before. The current house is the first prototype and with their experiences from the last years and their mistakes they will build a new Building Tomorrow.

Watch the full interview with Darius for all information about this project.


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Day 79 | Over the bridge

When I started the car this morning I noticed that it wasn’t completely charged even though it charged all night and the LCD display was off. When the display is off it usually means the car charger completely. I checked the setting of my car and in the cell details I could see that one cell had an error. This could mean that the cell is damaged and there’s nothing to do to repair it, well then I would have to drive back to Holland and buy an expensive new one, which is not an option.
It was not the only thing I noticed, there was coming a weird low noise from under the hood. When I opened the hood the noise was very strong and it came from a object of which I didn’t know what it was.

I didn’t have much time to worry about and because on the display there where no alerts I started driving to Horsens where I had a meeting with Darius, one of the founders of Building Tomorrow.

Building Tomorrow

Building Tomorrow is an off-grid house or eco-house. The house is able to produce its own electricity, drinking water, heating / cooling, sewage treatment and partial food production meanwhile using recycled and easily accessible materials. It was originally founded by 9 students of the VIA University in Horsens, they had this plan and the Uni allowed them to build it on their grounds. The building is now finished and with the lessons they learned in the process they are going to make a second one. Later this week you will find a full article about this here on the website.

E-mobility on the campus

Darius showed me around the campus and he told me that there where other companies here also working on e-mobility. I was surprised to see that there was a electric Formula 1 car standing somewhere in the basement. The company who builded it was unfortunately not present today so can’t tell anything about it.
Another company who do was present was TADAA! Anker told explained my the concept. It’s an innovative car sharing targeting housing associations and their residents. Many renters do not necessarily have (a need for) a car – and often only drive shorter distances in and around the city. Shared electric cars can be a cheap, easy and sustainable way to offer flexible transport to the residents of the housing associations.

Trying to solve problems

Anker who told me about Tadaa was very interested in my car and luckily had some knowledge about the inside. He told me that the noise coming out of the car was probable something with the fluid of the power steering. He knew a guy working at VW in Horsens and he called me if I could come by, that was no problem.
I drove there and they inspected the car quickly. They said there was something with the waterpump of the heater. Because they where not trained in electric cars they where not allowed to touch the car and couldn’t help me. They tried to call another VW which was trained in EV’s but because my car is not standard they also couldn’t help me. Their advice was that I could keep driving the car as there where no errors on the dashboard. I’m trying to get in touch with the mechanic in Holland who converted the car but can’t reach him.


My pluggers that night where living in Strib, a tiny place on the island Fyn. The way to there was interesting, I had to cross this huge hanging bride to the island and when I got there the environment was different then on the mainland. I ringed their bell and one of their kids opened the door. I asked her if Kristine was home but she nodded no. I decided to go do some sightseeing as I was attracted to the nature around here. I drove to the beach where you have a nice view over the harbor on the other side. I spend here some time and then drove back to the house. When I got there Søren welcomed me, he told me he was already home when I was there but the kids didn’t understand. No problemo.

Kristine and Søren live in a old farm with four main buildings and some side houses. They drive a Tesla and a Zoe and I could park & charge my car in the stable. They charged their Tesla here too and I was surprised that they didn’t have a wallbox for that, they charge it just on a regular plug with max 10A. A full charge for a tesla would take more then two days! But as they didn’t drive long distances (like to Australia, I mean who would drive to Australia in an electric car) so the car was always charged around 90%.

Kristine who works in the IT originally comes from Norway where she and Søren lived with their two kids in Oslo. They thought it was a bit to crowded and not the perfect environment for their kids so they moved here and they think that was a good move. And if you see there house you can’t disagree. I did some work in my private guesthouse and after that, when I did a short walk on their premises, I saw Søren sitting next to the henhouse with a shotgun in is hands. Apparently rats attacked some chickens last night and they wanted to prevent that they would attack again.
Søren himself is an entrepeneur, he started an company that makes labels for clothing. These labels look like stickers but you can was then a couple of 100 times. Ideal for schoolkids etc.

Climate change

I had an interesting conversation with them about climate change. Søren used to be a professor and specialized in this subject. He told that in Norway they aren’t doing much to prevent climate change. The country has lots of oil and most Norwegians work in the oil sector. When the icecaps in the north melt they are actually happy about that because that brings new opportunities to start drilling. In Denmark they are dealing ok with this. They invest in green energy and the country wants to ban fossil fuel by 2025.