“Jaime Marin describes his experiment with building an earthbag root cellar in Belize. Using the most cost effective resources available at hand to develop a minimalistic but effective source of shelter and infrastructure for this transitional home project for children at Barzakh Falah in Georgeville, Belize. The project uses volunteer labor as it gets closer and closer to completion and minimal funds solely for materials.
You will not find any embellishments to their buildings but the focus is more on erecting functional structures that will receive their own personalization as time goes on by the inhabitants it will serve. This is totally a local initiative and much thanks is given to all the earthbag community out there. This is a little we can give back of what we’ve learned thanks to all of you in the hopes it will help others in return. Also thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who have literally poured their grain of sand into bringing us this far.
The video provides an overview of the building process including details on the foundation, bagging process, architectural support, and useful tools of the trade.
Stay tuned as the building process goes on as the two story tower rises above ground. Some new earthbag techniques include using cinder blocks mortored in place for doors and window frames. T-beam roofs with parapets.
If you wish to learn for free please feel free to come down.”
For more information on the project please contact Jaime Marin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: I shared my concerns about completing the root cellar before the rainy season, and the importance of keeping water away from the foundation. He’s well aware of the issues and doing a good job.