Earthbag Building Materials and Prices

The cost of building with earthbags varies. Here is a “middle of the road” cost estimate that assumes you’ll buy the major items but also take time to shop around.

 

Material 

Quantity 

Cost (US$) 

Polypropylene bags

500

$75

Road base

45 cubic yds.

$75

Gravel

3 tons

$15

Four-point barbed wire

400 feet

$25

Plaster mesh

17 sq. yds.

$10

Lime plaster/sand

 7 bags

$35

Door, frame and hardware

1

$35

Nails

2 lbs.

$5

6 mil plastic 2 – 12-by-32 ft.

768 sq. ft.

$20

Bitumen sealer

1 quart

$5

Total 

  

$300 

(Backfill material not shown, because site conditions will vary.)

 


Read more about earthbag building and learn how to build your own earthbag structure in Low-cost Multipurpose Minibuilding Made with Earthbags.

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