Natural Building Blog

Earthbag Building & Other Natural Building Methods

Posts Tagged ‘seismic resistant’

NEA Earthbag Technology Report

Friday, March 4th, 2016:

The Nepal Engineer’s Association (NEA) invited me and Kateryna of Good Earth Nepal to submit a technical summary of earthbag building, which has just been published. An excerpt is below. The full report is also now free online at Earthbag You might remember that Good Earth Nepal won the NEA people’s choice design award […]  Read more from > NEA Earthbag Technology Report

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