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Earthbag Building: The Tools, Tricks and Techniques

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Over 70 percent of Americans cannot afford to own a code-enforced, contractor-built home. This has led to widespread interest in using natural materials--straw, cob, and earth--for building homes and other buildings that are inexpensive, and that rely largely on labor rather than expensive and often environmentally-damaging outsourced materials.

Earthbag Building is the first comprehensive guide to all the tools, tricks, and techniques for building with bags filled with earth--or 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.

This profusely illustrated guide first discusses the many merits of earthbag construction, and then leads the reader through the key elements of an earthbag building:

Special design considerations

Foundations, walls and floors

Electrical, plumbing and shelving

Lintels, windows and door installations

Roofs, arches and domes

Exterior and interior plasters.

With dedicated sections on costs, making your own specialized tools, and building code considerations, as well as a complete resources guide, Earthbag Building is the long-awaited, definitive guide to this uniquely pleasing construction style.

Kaki Hunter and Donald Kiffmeyer have been involved in the construction industry for the last 20 years, specializing in affordable, low-tech, low-impact building methods that are as natural as possible. They developed the Flexible Form Rammed Earth Technique of building affordably with earthbags and have taught the subject and contributed their expertise to several books and journals on natural building.

Synopsis:

Offers an approach to construction techniques for building with bags filled with earth, and discusses the many merits of earthbag construction.

Synopsis:

Over 70 percent of Americans cannot afford to own a code-enforced, contractor-built home. This has led to widespread interest in using natural materials-straw, cob, and earth-for building homes and other buildings that are inexpensive, and that rely large

About the Author

Kaki Hunter is an award-winning actress who has been involved in the construction industry for the last 20 years, specializing in affordable, low-tech, low-impact building methods that are as natural as possible. Together with her partner Doni Kiffmeyer, she co-developed over the last nine years the "Flexible Form Rammed Earth Technique" of building affordably with earthbags and has taught the subject and contributed her expertise to several books on natural building. Donald Kiffmeyer is a trained fireman who has been involved in the construction industry for the last 20 years, specializing in affordable, low-tech, low-impact building methods that are as natural as possible. Together with his partner Kaki Hunter, he co-developed over the last nine years the "Flexible Form Rammed Earth Technique" of building affordably with earthbags and has taught the subject and contributed his expertise to several books on natural building.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781550923032
Publisher:
Perseus Books, LLC
Subject:
House & Home : General
Author:
Hunter, Kaki
Author:
Kiffmeyer, Donald
Subject:
Technology & Engineering : Construction - General
Subject:
Design : General
Subject:
House & Home : Do-It-Yourself - General
Subject:
General House & Home
Subject:
Construction - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Design - General
Subject:
Earth houses
Subject:
Design and construction
Subject:
Earth construction.
Subject:
Earth houses -- Design and construction.
Subject:
Architecture-Green Architecture
Subject:
Sustainable Living-Housing
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
June 2004
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
288

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Home and Garden » Sustainable Living » General

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"Synopsis" by , Offers an approach to construction techniques for building with bags filled with earth, and discusses the many merits of earthbag construction.
"Synopsis" by , Over 70 percent of Americans cannot afford to own a code-enforced, contractor-built home. This has led to widespread interest in using natural materials-straw, cob, and earth-for building homes and other buildings that are inexpensive, and that rely large
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