Posts Tagged ‘earthbag workshop’

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.

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.

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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“A couple weekends ago, a couple guys from my church and I trekked over to Patti Stouter’s house to learn from her how to build with dirt and bags and barbed wire. We want to provide permanent shelter for Haitians in a sustainable, affordable, culturally appropriate, disaster resistant manner and she has already designed and seen constructed a few buildings in post-earthquake Haiti. She has a website, Simple Earth Structures, which has a page for training workshops at her house. Her classes are not just for relief minded people such as myself, though she has had much interest from ex-patriot Haitians who want to go back and do something for their friends and family. There are Americans who want to build additions or entire domiciles out of earthbags for themselves, in the USA. One such couple was also in our class.

The class was great. We worked on rubble bags for the first rows of the foundation. Then we mixed dirt to the right mixture of clay and sand and moisture and added them to bags to lay on the foundation, and made sure two lines of barbed wired were between each layer. We tamped the bags and shifted them around so our walls stayed vertical. We looked at an earthbag that had been re-opened after tamping and marveled at how solid it had become. We learned how to determine if the local soil needs modification before use. Patti is a great teacher. I appreciated her scientific approach to this building method. She has multiple experiments in progress around her property and in her basement. She answered our questions, not as a salesperson, she is not selling bags, but as a friend.”

Full review at UmBlog

Note: She may be moving soon. We’ll keep you posted if she has more workshops in the future.

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Sorry you missed the workshop. I opened the latest issue of The Owner Builder magazine today and just found out about the earthbag bench workshop in Tasmania, Australia. (Tip: you can post your workshop announcements for free at EarthbagBuilding.com.) You can also read about the workshop on the web by visiting the link at the end of this blog post.

“Way back in April or even March, 2011, I was asked whether the Westbury Community Garden, which I help out with, would be a suitable venue to build an earthbag garden seat.

What is earthbag building?
It is a construction method that is based upon materials of warfare. Sandbags and barbed wire. Very stable buildings can be produced at very low materials cost and using very easily learnt techniques. Great for places where labour is plentiful but materials are scarce.

Earthbag buildings have been successfully constructed all around the world. Check out EarthbagBuilding.com for more information.

Chris Tolley wanted to take the technique and use it for constructing garden seating, walls, or raised garden beds. He was looking for a location where an earthbag seat could be built and where people could be shown it easily. Westbury Community Garden is in the grounds of Westbury Primary School and is always looking for new and exciting projects.

An area surrounded by six raised garden beds was an ideal position. Chris designed a circular seat in two halves with seating front and back. The workshop format was to be a whole weekend where participants would build one half of the seat and render it.”

Source: A Green Tasmanian Renovation
Source: The Owner Builder Magazine
[Note: The most recent issue (#167, October/November, 2011) has a great article about how to build a home wood heating stove with oven for $165. The sides of the stove are wrapped with adobes for thermal mass. The oven on top is made with a steel vault that’s also covered with adobes. I’m going to try to get permission to post a summary on this blog.]

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Wabisabi Workshops

Tentative workshop for APRIL 2012 being planned. Info below-

Location: Panglao island

Accommodation: Shared communal or camping included or private at your own cost. Within walking distance of site and sea.

Price: under deliberation If resident of the Philippines please message us independently.

Date : Sometime in April. Please tell us what is good for you :)

Length of workshop : 1-2 weeks. Please tell us what is convenient.

Building : Small roundhouse with nipa roof

Expected contribution: This is a HANDS ON workshop. We will be building a real building not a demo corner :)

Disabilities allowed : At your own risk and responsibility. No wheelchair access.

Pets allowed: Sure but they might get stolen or eaten.

Free time: Its summer and VERY hot so we will build in the early morning and stop at noon. If there is anything to finish we can also do a little light work between 5 and 6pm, but most work will be between 5:30 am and 11:00 am then you can swim or sleep or catch a bus into town if you like.

ALL TENTATIVE I have posted this just to be helpful, so please don’t quote me on it. Interested parties please either leave a comment, request or suggestion or / and message through Facebook. Temporary email awenwoman@gmail.com

Thanks and hope to hear from you

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Natural Building Colloquiums are the largest gatherings of natural builders who meet every year to share experiences, listen to guest speakers, watch slide shows and participate in natural builds. Locations vary between Kingston, New Mexico, Bath, New York, Oregon, and British Columbia. Last year’s event was at OUR Ecovillage in Vancouver.

earthbuilding conference: Earth USA 2011 is the Sixth International Earthbuilding Conference organized by Earth USA (emerging from the Adobe Association of the Southwest).

The conference will take place September 30, October 1 and 2, 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico – USA. The conference is being held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center which is an official partner of the event.

Earth USA 2011 indicates a wider field of interest than previous conferences and will include adobe, rammed earth, compressed earth block, monolithic adobe, cob. Any material or method that uses clay as a binder is considered.

I’ve been to a number of similar events. They’re super inspiring. I still remember events like the Natural Building Colloquium (2 times), International Straw Bale Conference and the Colorado State SB Conference almost as if they were yesterday. They’re life changing events you’ll never forget. The colloquiums cover all aspects of sustainable building and include hands-on activities where you can try out the various building systems. If there is a downside, it’s that the colloquiums are almost too much to take in. It’s common for people to say they can’t absorb any more information, their head is about to explode with ideas. The colloquiums are held in beautiful locations and the natural, healthy food is always great. Camping and group meals are available to keep costs under control.

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Earthen Hand Workshops

Earthen Hand Workshops

Earthbag building is our most popular type of course. Come learn the theory and practice in any or all of four different in-depth courses in July and August. We will use the Hiperadobe method, which replaces the polypro bag with a strong mesh bag, further reducing materials, costs, and construction time. Four-day courses are in Sequim, WA, and Two-day courses are in Portland, Oregon. Sequim project will use passive annual heat storage. 10% discounts for attending any two of these courses.

Earthen Hand Workshops

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Phangan Earthworks Workshops

Phangan Earthworks Workshops

We had a great workshop last weekend with 20 people here at Phangan Earthworks. Our website is already updated and you can see some images if you like, on the workshops page at the bottom.

We will teach one more weekend workshop this year, on 18/19 June 2011.

Participants will learn the basics of EB, and by the end of the weekend feel ready to begin a small structure by themselves. We will inspect existing buildings, do hands-on demonstrations on how to fill bags, how to lay them, and how to tamp them, and engage in Q & A sessions. Supplemental slide shows and film screenings will complete this full-immersion experience. Freshmen welcome, earthbag experience not required.

Where: On our jungle hillside property in the hills above Sri Thanu village, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, THAILAND. Email us at phanganearthworks@gmail.com for a map and directions, or call Julien +66 (0)83 393 90 21, or Hubert +66 (0)86 281 63 08.

Price: THB 2’500 (EUR 60) with an early-bird discount of 20% for registrations and payments prior to 20 May 2011. The number of participants is limited to 30 people, first come first served.

Earthbag Dome Building Workshop
Phangan Earthworks is stoked to announce a 3-week earthbag dome building workshop, to take place 10-31 August 2011 on our property on Phangan island, Southern Thailand.

Phanghan Earthworks Workshops

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This is very good news for those who live on the east coast. Patti Stouter, now one of the knowledgeable leaders in earthbag, is offering $50 one day courses in New York. She’s been an enormous help on projects in Haiti and on my book, and has my full support. The text below is from her website (which is growing into one of the best sites).

Earthbag appears to be in a phase of quickly increasing spread. Earthbaggers willing to answer questions get more and more queries from people desiring to build cheaply in different parts of the world. Information about building with earthbag is available for free on the internet, but many funders seek an experienced builder to supervise their project.

Many owner-builders jump in and hone their skills on a small building. But aid organizations want to know their money won’t be wasted or their project fail over small mistakes. They’d like to see and experience this material they’re telling their donors to use. So much about building is a matter of discernment, and the two most basic questions remain:
Where can I see a real earthbag building?
Who can teach us how to do this?

Most earthbag trainers seem to live and work in the western US: CA, OR, WA, NM. Others are in Australia or Poland or Thailand. Some charge high fees for a week or longer introduction to earthbag. Homegrown Hideaways began an excellent weekend program in Kentucky this past year, helping to bring the earthbag center of gravity for the US into the midwest. I logged a lot of hours and miles going down to Kentucky to get some experience.

Since then I find myself doing a lot of long distance earthbag mentoring of builders working in Haiti. It’s time for some training on the East Coast, and an even less expensive option. I’m starting a series of Saturday workshops to introduce earthbag topics and teach important skills. No, you won’t be a master builder when it’s done. But for $50 a course you can learn and decide if it’s worth taking further. Take one or several, and see what you think. Popular sessions will be repeated, or custom sessions can be fit into a morning.

Current workshop schedule is at SimpleEarthStructures.com

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Kelly Hart's Cool Pantry

Kelly Hart's Cool Pantry

Another earthbag workshop is being offered this year in Sakon Nakhon, Thailand. This six day, $500 workshop includes an excellent hotel, and transport to and from the work site. Last year’s project was this earthbag roundhouse. This year’s project is a Cool Pantry that is designed for keeping food cool without electricity (although we will use it for general storage). Every home should have one of these amazing structures for storing food because they’re so practical. Complete instructions will be published in the next issue of The Owner Builder Magazine.

I first learned about Cool Pantries (which have lower humidity that root cellars) from Kelly Hart, who built one next to his home in Colorado. It worked so well that we realized every home would benefit, and so we worked out a simple to build version that could be attached to virtually any house.

For more details, visit our Workshops page.

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