No Need for AC in Earthbag Houses

Reader comment: “I love your designs! I do have a question: We live in Tucson. Metropolitan area (but not TOO metropolitan) hot most days, hot most nights because the buildings and concrete absorb the heat and release it. It can … Continue reading →

Qanat Windcatcher

“A windcatcher is a traditional Persian architectural element to create natural ventilation in buildings. Windcatchers come in various designs: uni-directional, bi-directional, and multi-directional. Windcatchers remain present in many countries and can be found in traditional Persian-influenced architecture throughout the Middle … Continue reading →

Ferrocement Roofed Domes for Tropical Climates

Domes are vulnerable to water damage, so what to do in rainy climates? I say add a roof. There are various roofed dome houses on our main website at that you peruse here and here. Those are earthbag domes. … Continue reading →

Fountain Cooling System

Water features are very relaxing and very effective at cooling the environment. They also look great and the plants will help filter and oxygenate the air. I was looking at a local fountain (photo above) and realized it would be … Continue reading →