Earthbag Construction EarthBag Homes - you're standing on the building materials... earthbag home Long sandbags are filled on-site and arranged in layers or as compressed coils. Stabilizers such as cement, lime, or sodium carbonate may be added to an ideal mix of 70% sand, 30% clay. Straw may also be added. The earthbags are then plastered over with adobe. Arquitectura en Equilibrio (Architecture in Balance) flickr.com
Earthbag School EACH day of school, 273 students of Day-asan National High School in Surigao in the Philippines hold classes in two classrooms. There is a makeshift hut made of nipa and, beside it, a room that doubles as the barangay's multipurpose hall. Despite the school's effort to make do with what is available, the students still find it difficult to learn because of the noise and overcrowding. With the rainy season ushering in typhoons and strong winds, this becomes an even bigger concern for Day-asan residents. Resources for Earthbag Building Suppliers of Bags Globally China Forest Packaging Group Co.,Ltd www.forestpackaging.com Tel: +86 151 656 64026 Fax:+86 536 827 3455 Bill Chen, Sales Manager chinaforestpackATgmail.com Bill Chen does communicate in English. This factory in China (and Cambodia) can provide a wide range of polypropylene bags, both as individually sewn bags, and as long tubes on a rolls. They ship via containers (or partial containers) and have delivery to Haiti. Standard 18"X30" bags run about $0.11US each and the longer 18"X34" bags are about $0.12 each.
Little Dome in Durban, South Africa This is the begining of our root cellar. Our neighbor came over with his back hoe tractor. He dug the whole thing in a couple of hours. The roots were amazing. I could have never dug the thing by hand. He wouldn't accept cash for the work. Earthbag & Papercrete Home: Hart House This is our first experimental earthbag dome. The interior diameter is 14 feet and the dome stands about 16 feet high. At first we tried filling the bags with the fine sand that it is built upon, but when we were partly done, the dome fell in because the sand couldn't hold the shape. Then we filled the bags with crushed volcanic rock (scoria) that provides better insulation and holds its shape much better. The arch over the doorway was created with a wooden form that was later removed.
Low-Cost Multipurpose Minibuilding One of the most practical structures on a small farmstead is a multi-purpose garden structure that can serve as a storage shed or cool pantry above ground, or as a root cellar or storm shelter below ground. You can build this multipurpose structure for about $300 using earthbag construction (bags filled with earth and stacked like bricks). And the skills you learn by building the dome will serve you well if you plan to build a larger earthbag structure or even an earth home. Low-Cost Multipurpose Earthbag Building - DIY Related Content Earth Building in Thailand I had heard there are thousands of new earthen houses in Thailand. That really amazed me, so I set o... One of the most practical structures on a small farmstead is a multipurpose building that can serve as a storage shed or cool pantry above ground, or as a root cellar or storm shelter below ground.
Tiny Earthbag Homes Constructing an earthbag home is considered by many to be the most inexpensive method of building a home simply because the material is free and usually already onsite. The major cost associated with earthbag homes are the bags used to hold the earth which makes up the structure. The most common type of bags used are solid-weave polypropylene. These bags typically hold rice and grain during shipment and can be reused for building an earthbag home. You can of course buy the bags new as well. Once the structure of the house has been built, a material such as plaster, stucco or adobe is usually used to finish the walls to prevent water and insect damage and to insulate the home completely from the elements.
How to Build an Earthbag Dome Note: If you’re new to earthbag building, first read the introductory Step-by-Step Earthbag Building Instructable and How to Build an Earthbag Roundhouse . Also, my new Earthbag Building Guide and Earthbag Building DVD are now available. We built this earthbag dome at our home in Thailand for Mother Earth News Magazine in 2007. The article that describes the complete building process in detail was published August/September 2009. Article about the history of earthbag building A Short History of Earthbag Building by Kelly Hart The idea of making walls by stacking bags of sand or earth has been around for at least a century. Originally sand bags were used for flood control and military bunkers because they are easy to transport to where they need to be used, fast to assemble, inexpensive, and effective at their task of warding off both water and bullets. At first natural materials such as burlap were used to manufacture the bags; more recently woven polypropylene has become the preferred material because of its superior strength. The burlap will actually last a bit longer if subjected to sunlight, but it will eventually rot if left damp, whereas polypropylene is unaffected by moisture.
How to Build an Insulated Earthbag House For those new to earthbag building, please read my Step-by-Step Earthbag Building Instructable . Also, my new Earthbag Building Guide and Earthbag Building DVD are now available. Energy performance on most buildings can be improved with insulation, including those made of earth such as adobe and earthbag structures. Triple Dome Survival Shelter « Earthbag House Plans April 12, 2011 by Owen Geiger Triple Dome Survival Shelter (click to enlarge) Specifications: Three 16′ interior diameter domes with 603 sq. ft. interior, 3 sleeping lofts with 312 sq. ft., total 915 sq. ft. interior, one bedroom, one bath, Footprint: 38′ x 38′ Description: This Triple Dome Survival Shelter provides much more space than my first earthbag survival shelter.
How to Build an Earthbag Roundhouse Note: If you’re new to earthbag building, please read the introductory Step-by-Step Earthbag Building Instructable first. Also, my new Earthbag Building Guide and Earthbag Building DVD are now available. Stay up-to-date on all the latest earthbag news by following our Natural Building Blog. We built this earthbag roundhouse in 2010 as part of an earthbag workshop in Thailand, and finished it later that summer. Earthbag Building: The Next Big Thing? Earthbag building has just received engineering approval. This is probably the greatest news ever for earthbag building. You can read more about this exciting breakthrough on our Earthbag Building Blog.