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Earthbag Shelter Nepal

Thursday, July 9th, 2015:

I came across this project proposal for Nepal. Very little information is available, although it looks very interesting. I encourage the designer to build a prototype and report the results. “Earthbag shelter Nepal: Sharing platform for ideas and plans relating to construction of earthbag shelters in Nepal”  Read more from > Earthbag Shelter 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

Earthbag Building: Potential Trillion Dollar Market

Monday, May 18th, 2015:

Yesterday I wrote to the two largest industry associations that are related to earthbag building — the Geosynthetics Society and the Textile Bag and Packaging Association. The Geosynthetics Society is the professional organization that represents engineers who design large earthbag projects for highways, railroads, erosion control, mining, marine facilities and many other industrial applications. The […]  Read more from > Earthbag Building: Potential Trillion Dollar Market