Sustainable living at it's finest; this Earth Bag Building technique could be a great way to build an eco house. Earthbag Housing, also known as Superadobe housing, is basically made up of the clay, lime and cement that comes from the Earth to make sandbags. The bags get filled right on the site, and then the sandbags get stacked and shaped, and strands of barbed wire get placed between them. The barbed wired works to create tension and compression. These bags create a strong and useful building material that act as solid bricks to make a structure, with long or short bags depending on the design of the building. Cal-Earth is a patented and trademarked product, but, is available to be used by countries in need for free and can be used for commercial building with a license. This kind of Adobe technology is a very innovative yet natural way that we can build homes that are strong and durable while using renewable resources.
Adobe building is actually quite an old technology which has been used throughout history. Ancient cultures have been creating tiny houses and larger buildings out of the Earth and creating building materials like bricks to build structures for centuries. Now that humanity sees more of a need to do things in a more natural way, concepts like this are becoming very popular. The developer of the concept was architect Nader Khalili; he spent years researching on how to build these homes quickly and easily and without expensive equipment. A tiny adobe house could be built easily with this technology, using only a few able-bodied people.
Nader really wanted families to be able to build their homes together and not have to rely on complex systems, to be able to be sustainable and self-reliant. The company Cal-Earth Institute was established in 1991, and they have assisted the global community during environmental and economic disasters aiding displaced and homeless people as well as refugees. Tiny homes, called Earth Domes, can be built for families very affordable after earthquakes or hurricanes, and the new tiny Earth Dome can be able to withstand any future natural disasters as well.
The structure relies upon the shapes of domes and arches that are known to be very supportive. In fact, when built correctly, the tiny adobe homes are so strong that these structures can even be earthquake resistant. When the guidelines from Cal-Earth are followed, these homes even pass the California earthquake codes. So this speaks volumes in their structural engineering. One thing to keep in mind is that these structures will last only a year or so unless they are properly waterproofed, stabilized and finished as permanent houses. When making these Adobe houses as a permanent structure, the synthetic bags get plastered over. This is done to provide an erosion resistant layer to keep everything intact and cohesive.
Cal-Earth also offers workshops that can be taken in California for minimal fees, as well as their Earth Architecture Education Progam. They also have open house events for free that people can attend to learn more about this amazing, natural building techniques. Have a look around their amazing website, you will learn so much just by looking at the photos and reading some of the great information they provide. A truly Earth-friendly wonderful company that you will enjoy exploring and learning more from if you too would like to build your own eco-friendly house and join the eco-friendly movement to lessen our impact on this planet. Would you enjoy living in a small adobe home like one of these you see right here?
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