Earthbag Production Rate: 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x

As an experienced builder, it’s fun to think of ways to improve productivity. Just imagine all the time and money you’ll save. This blog post explores three realistic earthbag building options: 1x = typical earthbag method; 2x = polypropylene tubes instead of bags; 3x = mechanized hyperadobe (raschel mesh tubes) on curved walls. (Note: An earthbag machine with 4x potential will be tested soon in Nepal, but we’ll save that for a later date.) Read more from > Earthbag Production Rate: 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x

Earthbag Dome Home in Hungary

Earthbag dome home in Hungary

Earthbag dome home in Hungary


“Hello Owen, As you can see finally my first alone project has finished, hoorraayy!!. I want to say thank you for your guidance at the beginning and also I wanted to tell you that your book sometimes gave me that little help too because to reflect my knowledge and to see the things again in your book gave me a real help in times when I was not sure anymore what to do, not because I don’t know the things, because when my fear is coming up that I maybe can’t make it because it’s my first project with nobody around me who knows something about earthbag. So this was a quite heavy pressure for me because the people expected much and my building group knew nothing. In those moments your book was a real help because it was like talking with somebody who knows… Read more from > Earthbag Dome Home in Hungary

Permaculture, homesteading, and compost-powered heating in the Vermont hills


“Ben Falk is a permaculture designer based in Moretown, Vermont. In this video, he speaks about different aspects of homesteading and cold weather, notably his wood cook-stove which also heats water, and his compost-powered greenhouse heating system. He also talks about the importance of being engaged with the land around us, and how gardening is just basically awesome!” Read more from > Permaculture, homesteading, and compost-powered heating in the Vermont hills

Lloyd Kahn’s Small Homes Book under Production

2-page spread collages from Lloyd Kahn's new Small Homes book

2-page spread collages from Lloyd Kahn’s new Small Homes book


I just saw on Lloyd Kahn’s blog that he’s working on a new book. His other Shelter Publications are excellent. Lloyd Kahn is the editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications, an independent California publisher. Shelter Publications specializes in books on building and architecture, as well as health and fitness. Lloyd’s latest book is Tiny Homes on the Move: Wheels and Water. For more info, see: www.shelterpub.com Read more from > Lloyd Kahn’s Small Homes Book under Production

Tiny House Jamboree

“Calling all tiny house and small living enthusiasts! You’re invited to the 2016 National Tiny House Jamboree™ at The Western Museum of Mining and Industry; 225 North Gate Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO., August 5-7, 2016 . Read more from > Tiny House Jamboree

Solar Action Alliance

Pros and cons of solar energy

Pros and cons of solar energy


“We, Solar Action Alliance, are a group of environmentalists who want to spread the word about the most clean, reliable, and abundant source of renewable energy: the sun. Read more from > Solar Action Alliance