Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

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

Read Full Post »

Guiding Star Creations Workshops

Guiding Star Creations Workshops


Be sure to stay in touch with the groups who provide earthbag workshops, such as Guiding Star Creations. The poster above illustrates their recent earthbag project in Alice Springs, Australia. Check out their Workshop page for upcoming international events.

Read Full Post »

Today’s post is from Luke and Edwina in Australia.

“Being in Australia, and keen to explore Earthbagging, I started scouting for suppliers of the bags. There seem to be any number of Chinese companies happy to send to me, but very few local manufacturers. What I found were just two, both with national presences…

Colquhouns: http://www.colquhouns.com.au
Freecall: 1800 249 963
Phone: +61 2 8785 6666 sales@colquhouns.com.au
I spoke with their Southern Australian sales Manager Michael Parlington, (08 8347 1550) very helpful but only a vague awareness of earthbagging. An incredible number of options of bags they sell. The have warehouses in South Australia and Sydney. Sell PPE and Onion bags. May be able to import tubing – Sydney office still to get back to me on that. They stock double-thickness bags 40x22inch @80c each. Standard 30×18 $.48 each by the thousand. They do have misprints, but misprints come with no size options – so no ability to specify 16-20 inch widths for instance.

Pope http://www.popepackaging.com.au
Phone: (03) 9322 1444 Fax: (03) 9328 4100
They don’t sell tubing (but used to) Standard 18×30 bags $.29 by the thousand (plus GST – 10% sales tax)
Do sell Onion bags – by a tube 200mm wide (no details on price) and also what they call their 20kg bag – 780x400mm. $.26c by the thousand plus GST. Onion bags have a drawstring. Pope have very little misprints, and aren’t really interested in them either.

Given my own uncertainty about what you are using/recommending for hyperadobe I’m not sure the onion bags are the thing, but others can explore that on their own. [Owen: I don’t recommend weak vegetable bags for earthbag building.]

Alternatively – for very small structures, my local garden supply depo had both the fill material and also the bags to use for it. For a very small structure (under a hundred bags) that may be more economical to explore – even with paying $1 a bag for tiny bags 650mm x 390 (25×15).”

Read Full Post »

Originally published by Owner Builder Magazine, this excellent article by Rob Wainwright of Permaforest Trust comes complete with many useful building details, as well as quite a few beautiful photos.  Rob explains how they built their four meter dome step-by-step clearly enough that others could build one similar.

Permaforest Trust domeThis project is now featured on our Projects page and our Articles page.

Part 2, Finishing Off an Earthbag Dome, also by Rob Wainwright, is not yet online but is available direct from Owner Builder Magazine, issue 147, June/July.

The Permaforest Trust website is a treasure trove of informative articles on living lightly on the land, with hours or days of free reading material.  Highly recommended.

Read Full Post »