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Earthbag Platform for Yurts

Friday, October 28th, 2011:

I posted an idea for Insulated Earthbag Foundations for Yurts at One reader who left a comment liked the idea, but needed a simpler design so he wouldn’t have to get a building permit. Here’s an idea for a very simple design that might get around building codes. Stack one course of earthbags in […]  Read more from > Earthbag Platform for Yurts

Seismic Resistant Gravel Bag Foundations

Sunday, September 18th, 2011:

Yesterday’s post was about the earthquake resistance of earthbags. Today’s post illustrates what an earthquake resistant gravel bag foundation looks like and explains why this design is so effective. Gravel is an ideal material for this application because it’s durable, reasonably inexpensive, readily available in most areas, has high bearing strength and prevents wicking of […]  Read more from > Seismic Resistant Gravel Bag Foundations

Another Earthbag Foundation Method

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011:

I published my preferred earthbag foundation method in my new book Earthbag Building Guide. It still seems to be the strongest method because it locks 1-1/2 courses of earthbags below grade. With this method, the site is raised prior to building the foundation with stable fill material such as road base, and compacted by driving […]  Read more from > Another Earthbag Foundation Method

Instructable: Insulated Earthbag Foundations for Yurts

Monday, February 21st, 2011:

This Instructable includes complete step-by-step instructions on how to make an insulated earthbag foundation. You can use the same process to make insulated foundations for any type of structure – straw bale, earthbag, cordwood, etc. Yurts or gers are very efficient and practical in harsh, cold climates, as evidenced by centuries of use in Mongolia. […]  Read more from > Instructable: Insulated Earthbag Foundations for Yurts