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Emergency Shelter Option for Nepal

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015:

The photo shows the earthbag shelter design in our proposal to the UN. Earthbags are highly recommended since they’re tried and proven. However, in disaster areas bags and training may not be available, so it’s always good to have options. The emergency shelter idea explained here maximizes use of existing material and skills in Nepal […]  Read more from > Emergency Shelter Option for Nepal

Earthquake Resistant Earthbag Building Guidelines PDF

Monday, May 25th, 2015:

Earthen buildings are strong in compression, but need help against tension or bending stresses. The barbed wire and vertical rebar in earthbag add important tensile strength. More than 50 earthbag buildings in Nepal have recently survived 0.5- >0.7g of earthquake motion. This same motion destroyed poorly reinforced and unreinforced masonry buildings around them, mud block […]  Read more from > Earthquake Resistant Earthbag Building Guidelines PDF

Summary of Earthquake Resistant Earthbag Building Methods

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015:

We’ve posted quite a few blog posts over the years about how to reinforce earthbag buildings. Due to the earthquake in Nepal, we’re getting lots of questions about reinforced earthbag methods for earthquake regions. The following list will save people lots of time searching our blog and websites. Watch for more news on this topic […]  Read more from > Summary of Earthquake Resistant Earthbag Building Methods

Natural Building Trainer Needed for Circle Pines Summer Camp

Friday, May 22nd, 2015:

Hello Earth Builders! Circle Pines Summer Camp is seeking a dedicated work project leader for construction. The construction leader will plan, oversee, and assist teams of counselors and campers in small, sustainable building projects throughout the summer. Ideally, campers who participate in these projects will gain skills in design and tool safety while seeing a […]  Read more from > Natural Building Trainer Needed for Circle Pines Summer Camp