Over 70 percent of Americans cannot afford to own a code-enforced, contractor-built home. This has led to widespread interest in using natural materials--straw, cob, and earth--for building homes and other buildings that are inexpensive, and that rely largely on labor rather than expensive and often environmentally-damaging outsourced materials.
"Earthbag Building" is the first comprehensive guide to all the tools, tricks, and techniques for building with bags filled with earth--or earthbags. Having been introduced to sandbag construction by the renowned Nader Khalili in 1993, the authors developed this "Flexible Form Rammed Earth Technique" over the last decade. A reliable method for constructing homes, outbuildings, garden walls and much more, this enduring, tree-free architecture can also be used to create arched and domed structures of great beauty--in any region, and at home, in developing countries, or in emergency relief work.
This profusely illustrated guide first discusses the many merits of earthbag construction, and then leads the reader through the key elements of an earthbag building:
Special design considerations
Foundations, walls and floors
Electrical, plumbing and shelving
Lintels, windows and door installations
Roofs, arches and domes
Exterior and interior plasters.
With dedicated sections on costs, making your own specialized tools, and building code considerations, as well as a complete resources guide, "Earthbag Building" is the long-awaited, definitive guide to this uniquely pleasing construction style.
Kaki Hunter and Donald Kiffmeyer have been involved in the construction industry for the last 20 years, specializing in affordable, low-tech, low-impact building methods that are as natural as possible. They developed the "Flexible Form Rammed Earth Technique" of building affordably with earthbags and have taught the subject and contributed their expertise to several books and journals on natural building.
|The Merits of Earthbag Building|
|Basic Materials for Earthbag Building|
|Tools, Tricks and Terminology|
|Structural Design Features for Earthbag Walls|
|Step-by-Step Flexible Form Rammed Earth Technique|
|Electrical, Plumbing, Shelving, and Intersecting Walls: Making the Connection Lintel, Window, and Door Installation|
|Arches: Putting the Arc Back into Architecture|
|Dynamics of a Dome|
|Illustrated Guide to Dome Construction|
|Roofing Options for Domes|
|Designing for Your Climate|
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Series: Natural Building Series
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 20.4 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.69