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Archive for January, 2011

Durability of Polypropylene Bags

Monday, January 31st, 2011:

What is the lifespan of poly bags, and will they make durable foundations? From our experience and from what we can gather from other sources, poly bags can last almost indefinitely if kept out of sunlight, and therefore double-bagged foundations appear to be extremely durable. This is important because earthbag foundations are much lower cost […]  Read more from > Durability of Polypropylene Bags

Instructable: How to Build an Earthbag Roundhouse

Saturday, January 29th, 2011:

Due to the enormous popularity of my first earthbag instructable, I’ve added a new one about building roundhouses. This is the most comprehensive earthbag roundhouse information published anywhere on the Internet, with step-by-step directions and lots of photos. “We built this earthbag roundhouse in 2010 as part of an earthbag workshop in Thailand, and finished […]  Read more from > Instructable: How to Build an Earthbag Roundhouse

Earthbag Eco-village in Beijing

Friday, January 28th, 2011:

Dr. Sunny Cai, an architect and Associate Professor at the University of Science and Technology in Beijing sent me news of his most recent earthbag work. It’s interesting to note his Ph.D. is in Historic Chinese Earth Architecture. “To be a designer and professor in university for architectural class teaching, I always advocate low carbon […]  Read more from > Earthbag Eco-village in Beijing

Durable Raised Garden Beds

Thursday, January 27th, 2011:

In addition to our focus on earthbag building, occasionally we cover related sustainable building topics. For instance, if you’re going to live lightly on the land in your earthbag home, you’ll want to produce your own healthy food. Today’s post about how to build low cost, durable garden beds is from the Instructables.com website. Most […]  Read more from > Durable Raised Garden Beds