Earthbag Building Guide by Owen Geiger: Web links from the book…
[More information about the Earthbag Building Guide and how to order it is at EarthbagBuilding.com.]
Cover photo generously donated by photographer Goldmund Lukic, see his portfolio here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Page 9 Earthbag Tools at the Naturalhouses YouTube channel.
Page 13 Video: Tampers
Page 14 Mortar Sprayer.com.
Page 15 Video: Earthbag Supplies
Page 20 Video: Bag Size
Page 24 Video: Rice Hulls
1 Quote about solid weave bag strength from NYP Corporation.
2 Free Soils for Earthbag booklet online
3 Information about gypsum adobe construction and a report.
4 Gernot Minke, Building with Earth, Birkhauser, Basel, Switzerland: 2006, page 42
5 Discussion of scoria and paper-crete as insulation at Earthbag Building website.
Page 31 Video: Use the Same Number of Buckets
Page 38 Video: Custom Bags
Page 41 Video: Smashing Protruding Corners
Page 57 Guidelines for Earthquake Resistant Non-Engineered Construction, IAEE, Tokyo, Japan and NICEE, Kanpur, India: 2004, pages 12 and 14
Page 58 Check a geology website
Page 64 Video: Insulated Bamboo Walls
Page 68 Video: Roundwood Trusses
Video: Thatch Panels
More information online about pallet trusses
See Small Diameter Roundwood Trusses for details.
Page 79 The technique that is summarized below was perfected by Frank Meyer, and may be the best method for making earthen floors.
Bill Steen’s 30 page Earthen Floors booklet is also very helpful.
Page 83 Horizontal layers of geo- mesh reinforcement in the slope, a deeper footing or soil bermed against the base of the wall increase stability.
Building with Bags: How We Made Our Experimental Earthbag/Papercrete House 1 1/2 hr. DVD produced by Kelly Hart. He wanted to build an environmentally sensitive and aesthetically pleasing home at a moderate price, and chose earthbag domes covered with papercrete (recycled paper combined with cement and sand). This honest DVD documents details of the construction, insights gained, and the ups and downs (literally!) of the building process. Several other earthbag homes are also shown. For more information about the house see Photogallery of Our House or Construction Details of Our House. For a streaming video introduction to this DVD click here.
Earthbag Building Video, written, directed and produced by Owen Geiger.
Natural Houses YouTube Earthbag Channel
Earthbag Building: The Tools, Tricks and Techniques by Kaki Hunter, Donald Kiffmeyer, 2004. Earthbag Building is a comprehensive guide to all the tools, tricks, and techniques for building with bags filled with earth.
Building with Earth: A Guide to Flexible-Form Earthbag Construction by Paulina Wojciechowska,
2001. This is the first book published about earthbag building, and still one of the best. Unfortunately it has gone out of print, but is still available used from various sellers at Amazon.
We hope to have the Earthbag Design Guide available later this year to answer further questions about how to plan earthbag buildings for strength and sustainability. After August 2011, check the website at http://www.earthbagbuilding.com/resources.htm for availability.
How to Build an Eco-friendly Earthbag Roundhouse
Insulated Earthbag Houses
Soil Tests for Earthbag
Patti Stouter has expanded and updated her soil testing guide with simple low-tech tests for many types of soil. Using the right soil is very important. After all, earthbag building uses soil as the primary
building material, and so you want soil that is strong and stable.
EarthbagBuilding.com and Earthbag Building Blog have the latest and most up-to-date information. Earthbag House Plans and Dream Green Homes Earthbag Plans have many sustainable earthbag plans. EarthbagStructures.com focuses on aid work for the developing world.
Earthbag supplies and resources can be found at http://www.earthbagbuilding.com/resources.htm
Kelly Hart’s Earthbag FAQ provides answers to all the most common questions about earthbag building for free. Kelly has compiled about 10 years of questions and answers in one convenient location.
VARIOUS SUSTAINABILITY AND GREEN BUILDING SITES
Really small houses: Michael Janzen’s Tiny House Design site.
Fitting architectural quality into small houses: Sarah Susanka’s books and articles. Greywater and rainwater harvesting information: Art Ludwig’s Oasis Design Developing world design information from Engineering Ministries International.
Some appropriate technology and some free earthbag plans at Patti Stouter’s Simple Earth Structures. Building blocks of trash at Harvey Lacey’s Recycled Plastic Houses.
Building with shipping containers at Container Home Consultants by Alex Klein.
Information on sustainable architectural techniques at Green Home Building by Kelly and Rosana Hart. Cob and urbanite construction at Earthen Acres by Danielle Acres.
Mother Earth News Magazine.
The Owner Builder Magazine.