The work of Simple Earth Structures is being discontinued. 

Build Simple Inc. will be able to provide more information.

The free information listed below is being upgraded and relocated to the Build Simple Inc. website.


DECIDING ABOUT EARTHBAG

NEW EARTHBAG INFO Slideshow Series in small and large format and in both English and French. Showing the latest projects and construction detailing.

Lecture slideshow about structural issues of earthbag, Ubuntu and wattle: Strong Alternative Materials Needed.

Step-by-Step Earthbag Construction   A single web page by Owen Geiger illustrating the basics

Earthbag Basics   pdf poster

The Merits of Earthbag Building   An 11 p. first chapter from Kaki Hunter and Donald Kiffmeyer's book Earthbag Building

Earthbag Basic House Cost   A single page pdf summary of US$ cost of March 2010 project in Haiti


PLANNING BUILDINGS

Step-By-Step Earthbag Building with Video Links   A single web page linked to 9 one or two minute instructional videos by Owen Geiger

Soils for Earthbag Parts 1 & 2   The most accurate soil information to date is in this revised 24 p. bw pdf file

PLANNING BUILDINGS (continued)


CLIMATE ISSUES

Orienting Buildings   A single web page about warm climates like Haiti

Shaping Buildings for the Humid Tropics: Cultures, Climate, and Materials   A 28 p. pdf


CULTURAL ISSUES

General:
Simple Earth Buildings for the Humid Tropics   A 17 p. pdf full of sketch examples of houses of earthbag shaped for different cultures

Haiti:

The Kay: A Haitian Transitional House Plan   A 5 p. pdf or text file

Haitian Wisdom for Aid Buildings   A 29 p. pdf or text file

HOW-TOS FOR NON-HAZARDOUS AREAS

Earthbag Building in the Humid Tropics: Simple Structures, NEW REVISED A free 30 p. pdf with introduction to earthbag guidelines

Earthbag Building Guide by Owen Geiger. This new 100 page ebook is available for only $20  and includes step-by-step full color photos to help the new builder avoid mistakes and confidently create their first earthbag building. If you don't have an expert building with you, keep this open!


Earthbag Building: The Tools, Tricks, and Techniques, by Kaki Hunter and Donald Kiffmeyer; 260 pages available as a translatable ebook or in print.

HOW-TOS FOR HAZARDOUS AREAS

Quake Resistant Shelters  4 p. pdf

Choosing Shelter Plans for Hazardous Areas   A 24 p. pdf or text file

Choosing Transitional House Plans for Hazardous Areas   A 35 p. pdf or text file

Construire Pour Resister aux Dangers/ Construir para Resistir Los Peligros/ Build to Resist Hazards  A translatable 50+ p. pdf or text file with diagrams labelled in 3 languages (currently under revision)


RESOURCES FOR DESIGNERS On Earthbag:
Geo-Textile Buildings Need Refining for Quakes   A 14 p. pdf introduction to structural issues (1.7 MB)

Friction and Tensile Strength of Earthbag Components   A 13 p. pdf or text file for structural engineers or architects


On General Aid Issues:

Key Considerations for Building Affordable Housing   A single text page


STRUCTURAL INFORMATION

Links to a lot of reports, some hot off the press are kept up to date by Kelly Hart at www.earthbagbuilding.com.

 

 
 
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