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Essential Earthbag Construction: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

Author/EditorHart, Kelly (Author)
ISBN: 9780865718647
Pub Date01/05/2018
BindingPaperback
Pages144
Dimensions (mm)279(h) * 216(w) * 7(d)
Build economical and resilient earthbag structures using simple tools and techniques.
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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.



Kelly Hart is an earthbag builder, author, and filmmaker, and hosts the widely visited websites www.greenhomebuilding.com and www.earthbagbuilding.com. His multi-dome earthbag Colorado residence is chronicled in the video Building with Bags: How We Made Our Experimental Earthbag/Papercrete House. Kelly lives in Silver City, New Mexico.

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.



Kelly Hart is an earthbag builder, author, and filmmaker, and hosts the widely visited websites www.greenhomebuilding.com and www.earthbagbuilding.com. His multi-dome earthbag Colorado residence is chronicled in the video Building with Bags: How We Made Our Experimental Earthbag/Papercrete House. Kelly lives in Silver City, New Mexico.

Kelly Hart is a pioneering earthbag builder, author, and filmmaker. The building of his multi-dome earthbag Colorado residence is chronicled in the video Building with Bags: How We Made Our Experimental Earthbag/Papercrete House. Kelly also founded and hosts the widely visited natural and green building websites greenhomebuilding.com, devoted to all aspects of sustainable architecture and natural building, dreamgreenhomes.com, which features a wide range of ecological home plans for sale by various architects and designers, and earthbagbuilding.com which explores in depth the many possibilities for building with earthbags. Kelly's other publications include Rolling Shelter: Vehicles We Have Called Home, Remodel Green: Make Your Home Serve Your Life, and Earthbag Architecture: Build Your Dream with Bags. Kelly lives in Silver City, New Mexico.

Acknowledgments Foreword Chapter 1: A Brief History of Earthbag Building Chapter 2: Appropriate Uses for Earthbags Chapter 3: Building Science Notes Chapter 4: Material Specifications Bags Fill materia Barbed wire and other types of reinforcement Plaster 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 Domes Vaults Buttresses Bond beams Door and window openings Door and window bucks Arches and other shapes Spacing openings Vertical reinforcement for openings Lintels 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 Roofs Chapter 11: How to Include Utilities Plumbing Electrical Heating Ventilation Cabinetry 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 Cisterns Dams Root cellars and pantries Sculpture and art Resources Author's websites Other websites Books DVDs Workshops Bag supplies online Index About the Author A Note About the Publisher

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