Reconstructing Steel Framed Schools in Nepal with Earthbags

This steel framed school in Phulping, Nepal is being reconstructed with earthbag tubes wrapped around the steel posts.

This steel framed school in Phulping, Nepal is being reconstructed with earthbag tubes wrapped around the steel posts.


Phulping, Sindhupalchok: This first of its kind school reconstruction project reuses existing steel posts, steel trusses, metal roofing, foundation, concrete slab floor, windows and doors, and integrates them with earthbag tube walls. The design is very strong because the steel frame braces the earthbag walls, and the earthbag walls and buttresses reinforce the steel posts. Read more from > Reconstructing Steel Framed Schools in Nepal with Earthbags

The Case for Catenary Roofs

Low cost, simple to build catenary roofs use minimal materials

Low cost, simple to build catenary roofs use minimal materials


Excerpt from the “Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences,” February 2016:
“The Swiss civil engineer and contractor Heinz Isler (1926-2009) is regarded as one of the pioneers of shell structures. He gained renown for his experimental, physical methods of form-finding and the resulting expressive shell structures produced in thin-walled concrete, and first triggered his lifelong fascination and professional work with such structures by draping a saturated bed sheet in freezing weather to form a catenary shell before inverting it. He proved that, what gravity forms when inverted, is resistant to the forces of gravity. Read more from > The Case for Catenary Roofs

Gabion Band Stone Construction

Rebuilding rural stone houses in earthquake zones with gabion bands

Rebuilding rural stone houses in earthquake zones with gabion bands


Special thanks to Randolph Langenbach who sent me this information on rebuilding rural stone houses in earthquake zones with gabion bands. The basic concept uses ring beams of stones wrapped in strong mesh to tie the masonry walls together. Read more from > Gabion Band Stone Construction

Building a Tiny House – Welcome to my Future Home!


“Here’s my tiny house build project, I started it a few years ago and it’s coming along nicely. This video is to introduce you to my new channel. I have a second channel, The Homestead Craftsman, but wanted to put together this channel that will be dedicated to my tiny house project. If you would like to subscribe and follow along, feel free, I’d love to have you. I’d like to have a lot of interaction with subscribers so feel free to let me know what you think with thumbs ups and comments with your opinions. I’ll also probably do a monthly video where I post my progress and answer questions and respond to comments. ” Read more from > Building a Tiny House – Welcome to my Future Home!