From Haim, a reader in Hungary:
“What gets me about the [building] permits in America is they are basically useless.
– Hurricanes in Florida
– Fires in California
– Cold as Siberia upper peninsula Michigan
The above 2x4s and drywall just don’t hold up well. People slave their whole life just to not be able to pass something on to their kids. Their kids too must slave, etc. and are not allowed to freely create and innovate.
Take the way walls are built in the country I live. Many of the houses, not all, are built with bricks from this Austrian company. [The first pic of the four is typical for wall structures here. – I’m in Hungary by the way.] Not suggesting this over earthbag, but what I am suggesting is that Americans have been and are continuing to be ripped off in quality and in price.”
I agree 100%. Thanks for contributing. Your comment reminded me of my previous blog post How to Build Houses That Will Self Destruct and Burn Like Crazy.
Our blog focuses on how to build with earthbags, but sometimes it’s informative to stop and think of the larger picture. In most cases it’s much easier to get a building permit for a trailer house (which is obviously a piece of junk and a major safety risk) than it is to get a permit for an earthbag house that’s 10-20 times stronger, safer, more fire resistant, etc.
Your comment also suggested that I focus on positive solutions we all can do. But that’s what this whole blog is about. So instead of copying or rewording and trying to summarize a bunch of previous topics, I suggest spending some time browsing through the blog.