I find it very heartening to notice that several earthbag dwellings have been approved by building authorities recently.
The most recent one is located near Berea, Kentucky, and is profiled as the Kentucky Dome Home on our website. This house was designed by John Capillo, the owner, and was built with the assistance of HomeGrown HideAways, a local natural building school. His design has a 16 foot dome with a larger circle coming off the dome that has a wooden roof, as pictured above. According to Jeff Bousquet, one of the workshop participants, “The code officials were incredibly open to new things and gave John his permit without hassle.”
Other recently permitted earthbag projects include a Hawaiian Dome Home, and the Joshua Tree Home in the Arizona desert. Both of these projects employed modified plans designed by earthbag architect Nader Khalili, of CalEarth, who has himself has gotten code approval for various projects near Hesperia, California. You can see more about his projects and the testing that was done to gain approval on our website.
When approaching building authorities it obviously helps to use plans designed by a world-renowned architect who has already completed code approved structures. Each time a new project gets approved it adds to the arsenal of data that all of us can use to validate future projects.