Rice hull concrete for cool room insulation

UC Davis designed a CoolBot cool room (excellent project for homesteaders!) using rice hull concrete for insulation and a CoolBot controller to keep farm produce fresher. The cool room paid for itself the first year and even helped make a … Continue reading →

Rice Hull Bag Workshop in Thailand

“Announcing the 2nd Rice-Husk-Bag Workshop! This will take place in northern Thailand, November 2015. We will learn how to build walls with bags filled with rice husks (hulls), benches with earthbags, put in doors and windows, cover the walls with … Continue reading →

Rice Hull/Clay Blocks and Earthbags

We’re experimenting with rice hulls and clay to make lightweight building blocks. We’re using 25% rice hulls on our first test block. This is our first test block with a rice hull/clay mixture. This is not the most efficient way … Continue reading →

Earthbag Walls in One Day?

How would you build earthbag walls up to 12 feet above ground on pier footings? A reader asked me this recently. Hmm. Moving tons of earth up that high would be difficult, and that got me thinking of alternatives. One … Continue reading →