10 Reasons to Build an Earthbag House

| 12/1/2015 9:33:00 AM

Tags: earthbag building, natural building, preparedness, Atulya K Bingham, Turkey,


Four years ago, I was camped upon a hill in Turkey watching the canvas of my tent buckle ominously. The wind howled, and rain started to drip onto my forehead. I’d been living in the tent for six months, but winter had suddenly arrived. I needed a house. Fast.

Considering the urgency, I was picky. I wanted something beautiful, round and environmentally friendly. The technique I chose was earthbag. I didn’t regret that choice at the time of building. Four earthquakes later, I still don’t.

It might have been more by luck than judgment, but earthbag building has proven itself perfect for my experience level, my climate, the topographical features of my land and my aesthetic taste. It’s easy to master for first time builders, and fairly invincible in terms of strength.

Earthbag was initially designed for settlements on the Moon and Mars, and was first applied in the construction of emergency shelters for refugees in the Persian Gulf. I am indebted to Nader Khalili, the Iranian who pioneered the technique, because my little earthbag home has liberated me from a mortgage.

The technique has numerous other benefits, some of which I have learned as time goes by. So here’s my list of why you might want to think about an earthbag home.

Michael Hesterberg
12/1/2017 4:58:34 PM

I was reading about people building these structures out of 'TUBES' of a canvas material. I can't remember if those tubes were covered with a thin plastic "sock" over the canvas! But, when they applied the "mud" covering, they had mixed 1/3 portland cement with the mud! This change seemed to weatherproof, AND with some paint color mixed in with the cement, the huts became quite beautiful!

12/1/2017 8:40:40 AM

Same old problem....it's illegal.

12/1/2017 8:30:37 AM

It's too the old problem, it's illegal.

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