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Earthbag Building Index

Earthbag Building Index
Building with earthbags (sometimes called sandbags) is both old and new. Sandbags have long been used, particularly by the military, for creating strong, protective barriers, or for flood control. The same reasons that make them useful for these applications carry over to creating housing. Since the walls are so substantial, they resist all kinds of severe weather (or even bullets) and also stand up to natural calamities such as earthquakes and floods. They can be erected simply and quickly with readily available components, for very little money. Earthbag building fills a unique niche in the quest for sustainable architecture.

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Making Wall Partitions with Light Straw-Clay (COB) Here's an inexpensive alternative to the usual way wall partitions are built. Instead of framing up, then insulating with fiberglass and covering with sheetrock, the wall cavities are filled with a mixture of straw and clay (known as "cob"). The wall is formed up in sections. INEXPENSIVE MATERIALS USED: - 2"x4"s scrounged from dumpsters at new house construction sites - Pre-owned doors from a demolition company (total cost for three doors including the hardware was $20 and these were solid-core doors) - Chopped Straw- High-clay content soil PROCEDURES FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE WALLS: In the case of the wall in our new straw bale house, one side of the wall was stuccoed with lime plaster to seal cracks and increase sound proofing...

Earthen Floors: A Modern Approach to and Ancient Practice [Book Review] Earthen floors are ubiquitous in most of the world. They are the most accessible type of flooring to a vast portion of the human population. In the modern world earthen floors are still something of an oddity to most people, that is until they step foot on one. And then they are hooked for life. As a simple mixture of sand, clay, water and fibers, more and more people are installing them in their new modern homes with stunning results. Today’s practitioners of earthen floors are able to create extremely beautiful, deeply rich wearing surfaces in our most refined spaces.

earthbag construction on koh phangan, thailand - galleries by phanganearthworks Freeform Earthbags Between Boulders (Koh Phangan, Thailand, June 2009 – February 2010) After a couple of months of familiarizing ourselves with the subject of earthbag construction, be it by reading books (most notably Kaki Hunter’s and Donald Kiffmeyer’s Earthbag Building), websites (such as this one), or talking to Owen Geiger on email (big thanks for all the support!), I felt well-prepared and ready to kick off. Given the somewhat remote location of our jungle hillside property on beautiful Koh Phangan in the southern gulf of Thailand and the inexistent access to the building site, many tons of earth were moved manually. We began lowering the ground level between the large boulders which took an average of four guys an entire month. There were many many smaller rocks that needed to be rolled out, some of them requiring four people’s attention and energy for a whole afternoon to cover the distance of only a few meters.

Current Lumber & Beam Items on Sale - Appalachian Woods, LLC All items listed here are sold "as is" unless otherwise noted on sales order. Some items have minimum quantities. Please call for details. How to build a durable Adobe Floor An adobe floor, or earthen floor, relies on the sticky binding properties of of the most versatile building materials I know of. Clay expands when wet, creating sticky platelet particles, like a bunch of suction cups. Add to the clay ample course sand, to increase compressive strength and control shrinkage as the clay dries.

Natural Building Colloquium The Honey House KAKI HUNTER and DONI KIFFMEYER After a hands-on workshop taught by architect Nader Khalili, we returned home inspired to build our first earthbag project. We started with simple, linear, buttressed exterior walls, graduated to serpentine garden walls, progressed to a small dome and are now finishing a larger dome with a vaulted entry way and big sunny arched windows. Price List - Porter Reclaimed Barn Wood Materials Quick Reference: 4/4: (1″ thick or less)Speckled Black: $3.25/sf (resawn to ~1/2″) & $5.00/sf (4/4)Speckled White: $3.25/sf (resawn to ~1/2″) & $5.00/sf (4/4) Speckled Grey (when available) $3.50/sf (resawn to ~1/2″) & $5.25/sf (4/4)Tobacco Barn Grey: $5.25/sfTobacco Barn Brown: $5.00/sfMushroom Wood: $4.00/sfHemlock Siding: $4.25/sfCherry 3/4 (resawn): $5.75/sfMisc. Hardwoods: $4-5/sfMisc.

Clifton’s Rammed Earth Blog » Blog Archive » Amphitheatre walls @ UBC – Building Wall 2 We are now onto building the second rammed earth wall in the UBC botanical garden. This wall is 55 feet long, curved and fades into the grade. Thanks to Katie who works at the garden for providing a few of the pictures scattered through our posts on the amphitheatre. The footing for wall 2 is ready.