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Earthbag Home Construction: Cheap/Simple, Resist Earthquake

Earthbag Home Construction: Cheap/Simple, Resist Earthquake

Postby jpf1030 » Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:34 pm

Howdy All,
We have had info available for many years on earthship homes (rammed earth tires) and there is at least one of these homes here in the valley. Lately, I have been looking more at another variation that would make this construction mode more accessible to the DIY'er, that being the earthbag homes.

With earthbag homes, polypropylene bags (like feed sacks) are filled with the local soil materials, stacked and whacked. You can see much excellent info and a number of videos at http://earthbagbuilding.com/. These folks also have a very informative blog at http://earthbagbuilding.wordpress.com/.

You could build a disaster shelter which could be radiation proof with this simple and very economical building system. For what it is worth, these could also be bullet proof homes. One of our military surplus suppliers for our store is also a supplier of sand bags for flood control, which would be perfect for earthbag homes. They send us info periodically, but we have not given them much thought as having any application for us here in the valley. However, this alternative use poses a potential valuable application for the bags. If any of you have any interest in having a local supply of these bags, you can reply here or call Starr...jpf
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Re: Earthbag Home Construction: Cheap/Simple, Resist Earthqu

Postby wesurvive » Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:41 am

This is very interesting and something I may try out with one of my other added rooms I wanted to add to my house on the far back side. Cheap and with a little sweat it sounds like it will work pretty well. I have tons of dirt to fill bags with. :)

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Re: Earthbag Home Construction: Cheap/Simple, Resist Earthqu

Postby jpf1030 » Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:47 pm

Howdy WeSurvive,
After you check into source pricing of bags, let me know the cost. I will then check around to see if we can save you money on the bags. You will most likely have to do a fairly close calculation of the quantity of bags you will need to determine best pricing. I'm pretty sure the earth bag homes website lists resources on materials...jpf
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