Book Review: Earthbag Building

Book: Earthbag BuildingWhat is Earthbag Building? Well, plainly enough, it’s a method of building using bags filled with earth.

This newly released book, Earthbag Building, is the first comprehensive guide to all the tools, tricks, and techniques for building with earthbags.

Having been introduced to sandbag construction by the renowned Nader Khalili in 1993, the authors developed this “Flexible Form Rammed Earth Technique” over the last decade. A reliable method for constructing homes, outbuildings, garden walls and much more, this enduring, tree-free architecture can also be used to create arched and domed structures of great beauty — in any region, and at home, in developing countries, or in emergency relief work.

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“Earthbag Building” Avilable From: Amazon

Comments

  1. hijiki says

    “Earth is an inexpensive, highly efficient building material and a superb insulator”

    actually, earth is a terribly inefficient insulator. it would take several feet of earth to measure up to a few inches of foam. a cheap, superb insulator would be strawbale because of it’s many air pockets (like foam). the earthbag building technique is great for hot, treeless areas, but in a temperate climate a log cabin would be more efficient.

  2. Cephoe says

    Indeed, what we meant was thermal mass, not insulation:

    “Earth makes for excellent thermal mass, but has little value as an insulator, except that because the walls are generally quite thick, and it takes many hours for atmospheric temperatures to approach the interior portions of the wall. For this reason it would be best to provide some insulation in the wall system where extremes of temperature are found.”

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