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Earthbag Building Guide by Owen Geiger, 2011. Much has been learned about earthbag building over the last few decades through research, trial and error, and sharing of information. It is becoming increasingly clear what works best and why. This book pulls the most practical ideas together.

This builder’s guide does that by providing simple, clear explanations of each step of construction, from earthbag foundations that don’t require concrete, to complete information on tools and supplies, as well as tips, tricks and advanced earthbag techniques.

All major aspects of building earthbag houses with vertical walls are covered: Planning; Dirt cheap building techniques; Building code issues; Electrical and Plumbing; Cost estimating; Insulation; Landscaping options. It is profusely illustrated with about 185 color photos and detail drawings. This is now available as a PDF download for $20. This e-book is also available in Spanish.

To see the Table of Contents and read some reviews of this book see this page.

Basic Earthbag Building: a Step-by-Step Guide is a comprehensive DVD created by Owen Geiger. The first part of Basic Earthbag Building provides clear, simple explanations of each step of construction, and includes full coverage of the tools and supplies needed to complete any sized project. The second part documents the construction of a cool pantry, which uses the same basic steps as most any other earthbag structure. Watching the construction of an actual project is key to understanding the whole process, and will enable you to see how all the steps and parts go together.

As a bonus, there are some extra scenes that include Building an Earthbag Dome, an animated Enviro Dome Fly-through and a tour of a Finished Earthbag Roundhouse.

You can review portions of this DVD by exploring the short clips that are shown on Owen's YouTube Channel. And you can purchase the DVD directly from the manufacturer.

 
 
 
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Building with Bags: How We Made Our Experimental Earthbag/Papercrete House 1 1/2 hr. DVD produced by Kelly Hart.We wanted to build an environmentally sensitive and aesthetically pleasing home at a moderate price. We chose to create 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 the project page this house.

To view a streaming video intoduction to this DVD click here. And you can buy this DVD directly from the manufacturer.

Emergency Shelter
DVD by Cal-Earth Institute, 2010

   
 
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Emergency Sandbag Shelter
by Nader Khalili, 2008

 
 
 
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The House That Jill Built:
A Woman's Guide to Home Building

by Judy Ostrow and Karen Leffler, 2005

 
 
 
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Home Work:
Handbuilt Shelter

by Lloyd Kahn, 2004

Kelly Hart's review

   
 
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Earthbag Building:
The Tools, Tricks
and Techniques

by Kaki Hunter, Donald Kiffmeyer, 2004

 
 
 
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Kelly Hart's review

Earthbag Building is available as an ebook.

Sidewalks on the Moon
by Nader Khalili, 2002

 
 
 
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Building with Earth:
A Guide to Flexible-Form Earthbag Construction

by Paulina Wojciechowska, 2001

   
 
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Ceramic Houses and Earth Architecture:
How to Build Your Own

by Nader Khalili, 1996

   
 
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Links

simpleearthstructures Patti Stouter has assemble this site that focuses on her work with earthbag concepts for inexpensive and sustainable housing.

earthbaggers.com is a forum devoted exclusively to building with earthbags.

naturalhomes.org lists workshops from around the world that relate to earthbags.

calearth.org Nader Khalili's earthbag works.

earthenhand.com offers educational courses in earthen architecture, including earthbags, as well as services in sustainable building design, consultation, and construction.

structure1.com Precision Engineering has embraced earthbag building and is prepared to provide structural engineering for earthbag projects.

endeavourcentre.org is a short online guide to building with earthbags.

karacadirearthbuilding.com  offers workshops and training for building with earthbags and sustainable living practices.

guidingstarcreations.blogspot.com offers workshops around the world.

motherearthnews.com an extensive article by Owen Geiger about how he built a small earth-sheltered earthbag dome.

earthlodge shows the evolution of an earthbag building project, but the description stops before the vault collapsed, so watch their video to get the whole picture!

earthhandsandhouses.org the construction of Paulina Wojciekowska's earthbag dome project in Poland. is shown under projects/sandbags...

caicosdream show Doni Kiffmeyer and Kaki Hunter working on an earthbag project.

midpines.us a series of construction photos with captions about building an earthbag home in the Sierras of California.

icbo code central article outlining the chronology and results of testing done on Nader Khalili's superadobe system of building.

calearth.org This two-page PDF file outlines Nader Khalili's approach to building an emergency shelter.

archearth.com pictures and description of an earthbag "Sound Temple" in Thailand.

whitehole.tistory.com while this site is almost entirely in Japanese, it has lots of illustrations of earthbag projects around the globe.

calearth.org links to a gallery of photos of projects by alumni of CalEarth

iflux.com.br/bienal/laminas.pdf shows a hybrid bamboo/earthbag structure built in Brazil.

montelloalpacacompany.blogspot.com is a blog about building a multi-dome home in Nevada, among other things.

tbumchurchhaitiumvimteam.blogspot.com shows how a simple earthbag house was built in Haiti.

escueladeenergiasolar.org shows the building of a solar energy school in Mexico using earthbags.

allanssustainablehome.com describes the building of a small circular earthbag building with text, photos and video.

superadobeserrano.blogspot.com this blog-style site is in Spanish, but you don't have to know that language to enjoy the many photos and videos of superadobe constuction in Argentina.

californiadreams.us describes the concept and building of an earthbag earthship.

expressbagger.com manufactures a simple dual bag manual filling device for sandbags.

taoshivehome.blogspot.com is a nice blog about a woman's experience building an earthbag home, and there is a blog roll of many other similar blogs.

earthbaghouse.com has general information, work/trade opportunities, workshops, etc.

moradasverdes is the English version of a site that shows how building an earthbag health clinic in Mexico can be a model for building communities in general.

facebook.com Our blog has a fan page on Facebook!

barriersystemsllc.com manufactures the "Sand Master," an attahcment for a front end loader that will fill over a dozen bags at once!

unitedearthbuilders.com has a portfolio of earthbag projects.

buildsimple.org describes with video and illustrated text how Patti Stouter builds with "hyper wattle," a combination of mesh tubes stuffed with light straw clay to form light-weight, insulated, inexpensive walls. And there is a PDF about this as well: buildsimple.org

terra-form.org has an online tool for calculating various aspects of building domes using the superadobe methods. It is fun to play with the variations in bag size, dome radius, fill dimensions, stem wall heights and buttressing to see how each of these parameters affect the amount of material might be needed for a project.

evolotecture.com builds eco resorts - villages and homes around the world based on self-sustainable earthbag/superadobe and straw bale building.

chinawovenbag.com features a general article about polypropylene bags, and specifically how they can be used for earthbag building.

Earthbag Blogs

Earthbag Blogs in Spanish:
Superadobe Serrano
Superadobe Construccion Blog
OTC Superadobe
Superadobe Cordoba Argentina
La Casa Abya Yala
Domoterra.es
casayburro.com

Supplies

Regular & Misprint or Used Bags:

Colquhouns
Australia
1800 249 963
www.colquhouns.com.au

Donald Davis Bags
Spartanburg, S.C.
1-800-662-7756
www.donalddavisbags.com

Pacific Packaging
Portland, OR
www.pac-packaging.com

www.suncoastpkg.com
Sodus, MI
(800) 785-0201

Super Poly
www.superpoly.ca
locations in Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg (Canada)

White Bag Company, Inc
North Little Rock, AR
www.whitebag.com

Bag Supplies Canada
Stratford, Ontario, Canada
www.bagsupplies.ca


Just Bags

Ace Bag & Burlap
Bronx, NY
www.ace-bag.com

Agriculture Bags MFG., Inc.
Oakland, CA
www.agriculturebag.com
510-632-5637

All In Safety
Brooklyn, NY
www.allinsafety.com

Berg Bag Company
Minneapolis, MN
1-800-658-7201

Innpack, LLC
www.innpack.com
Memphis, TN
1-800-622-3695

Polytex Fiber Corp
www.polytex.com
Houston, TX
1-800-628-0034

Commercial Bag Supply
Des Moines, Iowa
www.commercialbagsupply.com

Eclat Industries
Patliputra, Patna -800013 (INDIA)
Phone No. +91-612-2270764
Email: contactATeclatindustries.com
www.eclatindustries.com

www.esandbags.com
Lake Forest, CA
800-286-7263

Farber Bag & Supply Company
Peosta, IA
www.farberbag.com

Flexible Packaging
Houston, TX
www.flexpack.com

Jumbo Sack
Maryland Heights, MO
www.jumbosack.com

Langston Bag
Memphis, TN
www.langstonbag.com

MaxKatz Bag Co.
Indianapolis, IN
www.maxkatzbag.com
1-800-225-3729

Pope
Austalia
www.popepackaging.com.au
(03) 9322 1444

United Bags
St. Louis, MO
www.unitedbags.com

www.sandbagexpress.com

www.onlinefabricstore.net

Bags & Tubes:

Bag Supplies Canada
Stratford, Ontario, Canada
www.bagsupplies.ca

Central Bag Company
www.centralbagcompany.com
Kansas City, MO
1-816-471-0388

NYP Corporation
Elizabeth, NJ
www.nyp-corp.com
1-908-351-6550

superiorsandbag.com has both 15" & 18" wide pp bag material in continuous rolls 6000 ft long, UV stabilized. 24hr hot line 949-338-5978

cngreenpack.com Chinese company manufactures PP bags and tubing.

MTP Polysak will make tubing to order mtppolysackAThotmail.com 081-353-5465 Bangkok

Used Bags

llama.beans.and.earthbags used 50lb feed bags. Right now our price is 15 cents a bag, but I think I will lower it to ten cents. And we sell them in 50 bag quantities, so we are probably good for people starting out with smaller projects. Not only does the money all go to the animal sanctuary, but this keeps the bags out of the waste stream.

I have surplus 14" & 18" rolls of woven PP tube available. Rolls are 6000/lf long priced at $840 & $960/ea sold by the roll only. They are UVI stabilized for 2000 hrs. Price is FOB my facility in Southern California. They are perfect for earth bag building! Thanks Steve 949-338-5978 tubedaddyATmsn.com

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Suppliers of Mesh Bags & Tubing

Syfilco Ltd. ,320 Thames Rd. E., Exeter, ON N0M 1S3, Canada Tel: 519.235.1244 Fax: 519.235.1280
Contact: Keith Campbell at k.campbellATsyfilco.on.ca

18" wide raschel mesh tubing is strong enough to work with easily and tamps to 12" wide at 4" high or 13" wide at 3.5" high. It comes in 1000 m rolls and is called 18" raschel mesh. They also sell other sizes. Contact: Maurice Wilson, Bag Supplies Canada, Stratford, Ontario 1 519 271 5393

bagsupplies.com European outlet for bag products.

.rich-source.com Chinese company manufactures mesh tubing.

cngreenpack.com Chinese company manufactures mesh bags and tubing.

Suppliers of Bags Globally

Bag Supplies Canada
Stratford, Ontario, Canada
www.bagsupplies.ca

G.M-Export Dept Shandong,  JiaHe Packaging Group, TH Plastic weaving Co. ltd
www.wftonghui.com Phone: 86-158-6369-6895 Contact Mr.Henry

PP woven bag: such as : 46X70cm, or 60X90cm; width: from 30 cm to 100cm, length: according your request. UV treated  or not

PP tubular roll:  tubular roll 50cm width, 4000M /roll width: from 30 cm to 100cm, length: according your request. UV treated  or not

With 20 years experience, we know woven bags. FREE SAMPLES can be sent on request.

Denzel, Sales Director
Qitianli Plastic Fabric Co., Ltd.
Phone: 86-533-7401727
Fax: 86-533-7401787
Mobile: 86-18766918966
Web: chinawovenbag.com
Email: infoATchinawovenbag.com

Supplier of Bags in Haiti

I've found a company that makes polypropylene bags here in Haiti, and they can accommodate large orders.  They are a little expensive at 35 cents a bag, they said that this is because they have to import the materials to make the bags.  They sell them in the traditional bales of 1,000.  They are located here in Port au Prince.  The lady that takes the orders speaks English. They also have the 100lb bags that are twice as big and a smaller size bag. They also manufacture corrugated and flat tin roofing, pvc pipe and 5 gallon buckets ($4.20 each). They can handle big orders. Here's their contact info:

ACRA Industries
Delmas 32
Phone: 2246-7986
info@acraindustries.com

sarpy.com features a state by state list of vendors of polypropylene and burlap earthbags.

nmdirtbags.com provides earthbag building supplies, especially in New Mexico.

This is Steve Villa with Superior Sandbag Systems, the guys with the continuous sandbag system that you were so kind to include in your blog some time ago . Thanks for that. I wanted to get some information out regarding 14" & 18" wide woven tubular fabric that we have in supply and want to sell.

For our purposes, erosion and flood control, we have upgraded the bag material we use with our machine to a heavy duty, military spec material. To make room, I have about 85 rolls of each 14" and 18" tubular bag material (170 rolls total) that we want to offer at a considerable savings to the public. The fabric is an 850 denier, 10×10 construction, 2000hr UVI material, white in color. The rolls are 6000/lf long and I will offer them for the $0.12 & $0.15 per foot, FOB Santa Ana, Ca. until they are all gone. They are sold by the roll only. Minimum of 1 roll. They have our company name printed on every 42" on the material. This is excellent material that is uv stabilized and perfect for earthbag structures.

You can contact me direct on my cell at 949-338-5978 Thanks and Happy Holidays Steve Villa Superior Sandbag Systems ( www.superiorsandbagsystems.com ) stevev AT ameripacific.com

Suppliers Soil Stabilizers

dirtglue.com a non-toxic product typically used for stabilizing roads, but now being used to stabilize soil for earthbag building.

polypavement.com solidifies earth to make natural soil pavement.

anywaysolutions.com manufactures products designed to be mixed with soil to meet a variety of needs in the building process.

globalzyme.com PERMA-ZYME acts upon organic fines contained in the soil through a catalytic bonding process, producing a strong "cementation" action.

terrazyme.com manufactures a safe, effective, non-corrosive liquid enzyme soil stabilizer.

Specifications

Reinforced Earthbag Specifications is a 6-page PDF describing in drawings and text exactly how one might construct a reinforced earthbag wall that would pass most building codes in areas of high seismic risk. This document was prepared specifically at the request of Dr. Owen Geiger and Kelly Hart (who manage this website) for use on reconstruction projects in Haiti, but it could be useful wherever reinforced vertical wall structures may be built. We want to acknowledge and thank Nabil Taha of Precision Engineering (www.structure1.com) for his patience and diligence in preparing this document.

Wall Reinforcement describes various ways to reinforce earthbag walls in key locations, including corners, to resist lateral movement.

Openings in Walls discusses ways to safely make openings in walls: reinforcement, lintels, window grills, vent block and pipe.

BOND BEAMS: Concrete, Tubular Steel, Corrugated Metal, or Tubular Bag

Alternative Bond Beam outlines a method of creating bond beams and lintels with rectangular section metal tubing or wood beams that is integrated with the earthbag wall, with step-by-step instructions.

Earthbag Modules advocates the use of 24" modules for earthbag lengths.

Earthbag Foundation outlines the steps in preparing an earthbag foundation for a floor system.

 

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