Essential Earthbag Construction

The Complete Step-by-Step Guide
New Society Publishers
  • erschienen am 1. Mai 2018
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  • 144 Seiten
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978-1-77142-251-2 (ISBN)

Build economical and resilient earthbag structures using simple tools and techniques.

Earthbag construction- building with polypropylene bags usually filled with earthen materials- is a versatile, easy-to-master, low-impact, and highly durable form of building, suitable for structures from houses to root cellars.

Containing over 75 photos and illustrations, Essential Earthbag Construction is a practical guide to this affordable method of building. Going well beyond the scope of other sources, this indispensable manual is packed with all the information you need to determine if it's the right choice for your project, and to start building. Distilling decades of experience, research, and best practices, it covers:

  • Material specifications, performance, and when and where to use it
  • Pros and cons of different fills from gravel, to earth and clay, to insulative perlite, rice hulls, and volcanic stone
  • Illustrated, step-by-step guidance for efficient bag filling and installation
  • Details for various designs, including domes and arches
  • Foundation options and seismic and stability considerations
  • Finishing and maintenance techniques
  • Tools and materials
  • Additional resources.

Essential Earthbag Construction presents the practical guidance and best practices for both the DIYer and professional to design and build high-quality earthbag structures.

  • Englisch
  • Reflowable
B&W Photos and Line Art plus an 8 Page Color Section
  • 15,67 MB
978-1-77142-251-2 (9781771422512)
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Kelly Hart is a pioneering earthbag builder, author, and filmmaker. Kelly's other publications include Rolling Shelter: Vehicles We Have Called Home, and Earthbag Architecture: Build Your Dream with Bags. Kelly lives in Silver City, New Mexico.


Chapter 1: A Brief History of Earthbag Building
Chapter 2: Appropriate Uses for Earthbags
Chapter 3: Building Science Notes
Chapter 4: Material Specifications
Fill materia
Barbed wire and other types of reinforcement
Chapter 5: Tools
Chapter 6: Foundations
Chapter 7: Building Walls
Locate source of fill material
Filling bags
Placing barbed wire and twine
Laying bags in a pattern
Closing the top of the bag
Using a metal slider
Tamping the bags
Placing vertical reinforcement rods
Building domes
Chapter 8: Design Considerations and Constraints
Vertical walls
Bond beams
Door and window openings
Door and window bucks
Arches and other shapes
Spacing openings
Vertical reinforcement for openings
Wall thickness
More than one story
Below-grade construction
Chapter 9: Plastering the Walls
Chapter 10: Floor and Roof Options
Slab on grade
Masonry floors
Adobe floors
Suspended floors
Chapter 11: How to Include Utilities
Chapter 12: Strategies for Seismic Reinforcement
Chapter 13: General Budgeting Information
Chapter 14: Maintenance and Renovation
Chapter 15: Building Codes
Chapter 16: Other Uses for Earthbags
Retaining walls
Root cellars and pantries
Sculpture and art
Author's websites
Other websites
Bag supplies online

About the Author
A Note About the Publisher

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