Eternally Solar / EarthBag Building Photo Gallery — 6 Comments

  1. I like the house but what about the window on image 15.

    Feels like its too close to the corner and the door feels close/big.

    It didn’t fall down so it worked somehow. Just wonder if they did something special and why the door was so big at image 15 and the result was a small door.

    • I’ll give Dr. Anderton a chance to explain his design. The norm is 3′ spacing between window and door openings and corners. But I believe the Eternally Solar triple tube design is more stable than ordinary bags and tubes, and so there’s probably more leeway in what’s possible.

  2. What a beautiful thing! And excellent documentation. Makes me wonder – could the technique they show for the lintel be used to make a bond beam on a “regular” earthbag wall? It would save sewing all the tubes for those of us who don’t have that kind of divided bag/tube readily available. But sewing just enough for the bond beam would be worth it to avoid making a mold for the concrete out of something else. Any thoughts?

      • I did that, but the info I see speaks specifically to using their building system, and their bags. What if one were doing basic tamped mesh bag (hyperadobe) walls (in a seismic region, just to spice it up) – could you then top it with maybe those same mesh tubes sewn in the 3-channel form with concrete and rebar down the center? How many layers of concrete would be necessary? He says 6 meters would require around 8 layers, which seems quite a lot and maybe even more cement than a regular concrete bond beam, but that refers to walls made with his system – would it be the same on any wall?

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