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Insulated earthbag vault with solar panels (click to enlarge)

Insulated earthbag vault with solar panels (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 263 sq. ft. interior, 74 sq. ft. sleeping loft, total 337 sq. ft. interior, one bath, Footprint: 15′-6″ x 30’

Description: As explained in one of our blog posts, earthbags are inherently unstable if they are stacked into a vault shape. The proposed design shown here resolves the stability issues. This vault building method is very strong, simple, low cost, superinsulating and extremely fast and easy to build. The shell of a small, simple vault could be built in about one week, in part because the top two-thirds of the vault is built with tubes or bags filled with lightweight insulation such as scoria or pumice (preferably nonflammable materials). These earthbag vaults are now available with a number of roof options: solar panels, metal roofing, living roof and thatch. A similar vault for arid conditions (no roof, just plaster) will be available soon.

Insulated earthbag vault floorplan (click to enlarge)

Insulated earthbag vault floorplan (click to enlarge)


Insulated earthbag vault with living roof (click to enlarge)

Insulated earthbag vault with living roof (click to enlarge)


Insulated earthbag vault with thatch roof (click to enlarge)

Insulated earthbag vault with thatch roof (click to enlarge)

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Earthbag/Adobe Vault

Earthbag/Adobe Vault

Specifications: 545 sq. ft. interior, plus 14 sq. ft. pantry, plus 282 sq. ft. loft space, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 27′ x 36.5′

Description: Lower walls are 24″ earthbags; upper sections are traditional Nubian leaning adobe vault construction. Features include two large lofts, recessed shelving (marked ‘S’ on the plan) and earth-bermed cool pantry.

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Strawbale/Earthbag Vault and Greenhouse

Strawbale/Earthbag Vault and Greenhouse

Specifications: 490 sq. ft. interior plus 313 sq. ft. greenhouse, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 28′ x 39′

Description: This very unique home masterfully blends insulation and thermal mass. The vault is predominantly straw bales, which provide excellent insulation. Earthbags are used on the end walls, greenhouse and for three vaults that join the two spaces. Naturally bowed timbers around doors and windows create a rustic look.

Strawbale/Earthbag Vault and Greenhouse West Elevation

Strawbale/Earthbag Vault and Greenhouse West Elevation

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