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Boutique guest cottage in Brazil made with hyperadobe

Boutique guest cottage in Brazil made with hyperadobe


Earthbag rural retreat, Carrancas, Brazil

Earthbag rural retreat, Carrancas, Brazil


Hyperadobe wall

Hyperadobe wall


AUWA Earth Earthbag Workshops Australia

“Of all earth building techniques, Earthbag building (or ‘Superadobe’) is the easiest to learn and most forgiving in terms of what type of earth you can use – this means that anyone can start building structures for their backyard or additions to their home, using the earth beneath your feet.

Because Earthbag doesn’t necessarily have to be load-bearing, you can use it an an infill material for an existing structure or for Council-approved post-and-beam structures and still gain the huge benefits of building with the earth without needing to worry about engineering and Council approval.

Building with the earth provides you with huge health and comfort benefits. You can build any thickness wall and notice a difference but ideally, to achieve maximum benefits you should aim for walls with a thickness of at least 300mm. Using earthbag is a quick and easy way to achieve this thickness, giving you all the properties of a solid rammed earth wall but in a flexible form and without the need for awkward formwork – so you are free to design the house of your dreams!

Best of all, this method is achievable. It is so simple that it is possible even as a solo builder to construct using this – although why do that when friends and family love getting involved and make the process all the more enjoyable.

Earthbag earth walls provide you with:
– High thermal mass
– Great acoustic insulation
– Protection from electromagnetic radiation (for example from mobile phone towers and overhead powerlines)
– Humidity control
– Internal day/night temperature balance

There really are no excuses – get earthbagging today! Don’t forget – starting small is the key. There are boundless opportunities for trying out this technique and after completing a weekend workshop or better still, a week-long course, you will have the confidence to start on your own projects. Earthbag is great for garden projects such as kids cubby-houses, raised garden beds, retaining walls, outdoor benches, sculptural seating…the list of possibilities is endless.”

Source: AUWA Earth

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Bonita Domes by United Earth Builders (click to enlarge)

Bonita Domes by United Earth Builders (click to enlarge)


Earthbag vaults by United Earth Builders (click to enlarge)

Earthbag vaults by United Earth Builders (click to enlarge)


“I would like to announce the United Earth Builders 10 day intensive workshop beginning in April! Located in Joshua Tree we will be teaching attendees how to build a standard 8′ earthbag dome and a retaining wall.

Participants in this workshop will be led through a series of intellectual, cognitive, and physical exercises that seek to strengthen mind-body connections to both the technical processes, as well as the creative processes underlying the art and skill of earthbag design and construction. From structural principles and design, soil practicum and on-site planning this 10-day workshop will supply the attendee with full confidence in the building process and instill a renewed sense of community through building with the earth.

About
Our mission, duty and purpose is to provide educational and charitable services in regard to environmentally sustainable, affordable, and structurally sound sandbag homes with the intent to help relieve poverty by improving living conditions globally.

Mission
United Earth Builders mission, duty and purpose is to empower and instill confidence in people by providing educational and charitable services in regard to environmentally sustainable, artfully designed and truly organic homes that compliment Nature.

What guides us:
We seek to make a more positive world by turning up good music, playing with earth bag structures and teaching the techniques to anyone and everyone, smiling and laughing as we do it!

Rehabilitate ourselves through honest play and an ethical, moral and high spirited team of builders. The Golden Rule is our life and collaboration works for everyone.

What We Provide:
Experienced-based-learning – workshops that provide you will a wholesome curriculum and full hands-on building experience.
Collaborative community beautification projects; with local non-profits and community leaders; in order to provide a tool to combat community deterioration and help improve race and ethnic relations, lessening neighborhood tensions.
Fund raise in order to attain seismic shake table testing; a key factor for providing the public with a record of proof to show the International Code Council (ICC) that sandbag homes are a viable and safe option for global deployment.

Hands-on training
We provide local, national and global communities with the ability to design and build adequate housing using the most abundant resource on the planet.”

Source: United Earthbuilders on Facebook
United Earth Builders.com

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Earth-sheltered Passive Solar Earthbag Greenhouse (click to enlarge)

Earth-sheltered Passive Solar Earthbag Greenhouse (click to enlarge)


“Harmony of human habitats with nature, the use of soil and solar energy enables us to build energy-efficient shelters, produce healthy food, process waste and meet the material and spiritual needs in a sustainable manner and in accordance to the local environment. Join us during the earth sheltered passive solar greenhouse building workshops and explore the world of eco-design!”

Source: Cohabitat.net

Sorry we didn’t see this workshop announcement until now. It was in September, 2011 in Poland. You might want to write and see how it turned out, and check on future workshops. Or if you’re one of the organizers or designers, please drop us a note with an update. Remember we have a free Workshop page and Bulletin Board to post announcements.

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I am pleased to announce that Owen Geiger’s Basic Earthbag Building DVD is finally available for purchase. It has taken more time than expected to complete the production, but it is well worth the wait I think.

Owen is a natural teacher who understands how to present information in a clear and understandable way and this DVD is excellent for introducing folks to the basic essentials of sound building practice using earthbags. Much of the DVD is derived from actual instruction at workshops, so you witness the whole process from the ground up.

After an introduction to the tools and supplies that are necessary for building, they construct a small sample wall with a rubble trench foundation. Every step is fully explained and demonstrated as the wall proceeds.

The second portion of the DVD takes you through the process of building a functional cool pantry that is attached to a house. Here you can see how doors can be framed and roofs attached. There are many tips and tricks that emerge from watching that could be invaluable in constructing most any project.

At the end there are some bonus scenes that include tips for building a dome, an animated fly-through of Owen’s Enviro Dome, and a tour of Owen’s completed Earthbag Roundhouse.

With over three hours of solid instruction, this DVD would be a valuable addition to anybody’s building library. You can review portions of this DVD by exploring the short clips that are shown on Owen’s YouTube Channel. And you can purchase the DVD directly from the manufacturer for $28.

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Location: Joshua Tree, CA
After considering a couple of different layouts, we have decided on a triple dome configuration (868 sq. ft.) for our floorplan. At this time we are continuing our Volunteer Community Building program. From now until December 17, 2011 is the last BIG PUSH for building with our hired crew. If you would like to participate, email contact is bonitadomes@att.net. We’re building as weather permits so, we could be bagging, plastering or painting. ****Everyday is a BONITA surprise****

As our Volunteer Community Building program continues we are also creatively seeking funding that would support and feed an expanded labor force. 2-7 day hands-on classes and workshop and retreats are now forming slated to begin February 2012. Cost: $25-$300 Includes work day community meal, tent or dome camping, hot shower, kitchen facilities, wifi and living within a structured community model. Learn and get hands on experience.

Depending on the scope of the project one or more of the following aspects will be presented per class/workshop/retreat.
*plaster
*natural finishes
*earthen floors
*form building
*owner-builder how to’s
*community building

Website address Bonita Dome Project
In the meantime, if you want to try some really good eats and experience a profound sense of community and learn about Earthbag Building……you know how to find us!!!

To stay posted on our progress visit our fanpage on facebook

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Phangan Earthworks earthbag workshop in Thailand

Phangan Earthworks earthbag workshop in Thailand


Phangan Earthworks
Earthen Hand
Wiser Earth
Permastructure
Wabisabi
EarthbagBuilding.com Workshop page
GreenHomeBuilding.com Workshop page
Year of Mud Natural Building Workshops
EarthbagHouse.com

These sites also have workshops on bamboo, adobe, cob and other natural building methods, as well as permaculture courses. Please leave a comment if you know of other upcoming earthbag workshops.

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Superadobe in Sabana de Bogotá by Arquitecto Jose Andres Vallejo

Superadobe in Sabana de Bogotá by Arquitecto Jose Andres Vallejo


Jose Andres Vallejo Arquitecto

Jose Andres Vallejo Arquitecto


Architecture in Balance is a design platform that specializes in sustainable architectural solutions. Architecture in Balance implements alternative technologies, construction of low environmental impact, integrating contemporary design to create innovative projects and balanced environments. Architecture in Balance encourages the use of unprocessed construction materials such as soil, and uses different methods such as superadobe systems, among others.

Bio-Construction Workshop
Land and Domes superadobe
6 to 9 December, 2011
Gachancipá, Ontario

Architecture in Balance is pleased to offer a new practical workshop construction technique or Earthbag superadobe. We will share the tools necessary to independently design and build eco-domes on the ground to shelter and housing.

Source: http://www.arquitecturaenequilibrio.com/
Flickr
Publication A57, Casa Vergara

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