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Earthbag Building: The Tools, Tricks and Techniques
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The only comprehensive, illustrated, step-by-step guide to building with earthbags.

Over seventy percent of Americans cannot afford to own a code-enforced, contractor-built home. This has led to widespread interest in using natural materials-straw, cob, and earth-for building homes and other buildings that are inexpensive, and that rely largely on labor rather than expensive and often environmentally-damaging outsourced materials.

Earthbag Building is the first comprehensive guide to all the tools, tricks, and techniques for building with bags filled with earth-or earthbags. Having been introduced to sandbag construction by the renowned Nader Khalili in 1993, the authors developed this "Flexible Form Rammed Earth Technique" over the last decade. A reliable method for constructing homes, outbuildings, garden walls and much more, this enduring, tree-free architecture can also be used to create arched and domed structures of great beauty-in any region, and at home, in developing countries, or in emergency relief work.

This profusely illustrated guide first discusses the many merits of earthbag construction, and then leads the reader through the key elements of an earthbag building:

  • Special design considerations
  • Foundations, walls, and floors
  • Electrical, plumbing, and shelving
  • Lintels, windows and door installations
  • Roofs, arches and domes
  • Exterior and interior plasters.
  • With dedicated sections on costs, making your own specialized tools, and building code considerations, as well as a complete resources guide, Earthbag Building is the long-awaited, definitive guide to this uniquely pleasing construction style.

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    Earthbag Building is the first comprehensive guide to all the tools, tricks, and techniques for building with bags filled with earth-or earthbags. Having been introduced to sandbag construction by the renowned Nader Khalili in 1993, the authors developed this "Flexible Form Rammed Earth Technique" over the last decade. A reliable method for constructing homes, outbuildings, garden walls and much more, this enduring, tree-free architecture can also be used to create arched and domed structures of great beauty-in any region, and at home, in developing countries, or in emergency relief work.

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  • Special design considerations
  • Foundations, walls, and floors
  • Electrical, plumbing, and shelving
  • Lintels, windows and door installations
  • Roofs, arches and domes
  • Exterior and interior plasters.
  • With dedicated sections on costs, making your own specialized tools, and building code considerations, as well as a complete resources guide, Earthbag Building is the long-awaited, definitive guide to this uniquely pleasing construction style.

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    Earthbag Building is the first comprehensive guide to all the tools, tricks, and techniques for building with bags filled with earth-or earthbags. Having been introduced to sandbag construction by the renowned Nader Khalili in 1993, the authors developed this "Flexible Form Rammed Earth Technique" over the last decade. A reliable method for constructing homes, outbuildings, garden walls and much more, this enduring, tree-free architecture can also be used to create arched and domed structures of great...

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    Acknowledgments
    Foreword
    Introduction

    Chapter 1: The Merits of Earthbag Building
    Chapter 2: Basic Materials for Earthbag Building
    Chapter 3: Tools, Tricks and Terminology
    Chapter 4: Foundations
    Chapter 5: Structural Design Features for Earthbag Walls
    Chapter 6: Step-by-Step Flexible Form Rammed Earth Technique, or How to Turn a Bag of Dirt into a Precision Wall Building System
    Chapter 7: Electrical, Plumbing, Shelving, and Intersecting Walls: Making the Connection
    Chapter 8: Lintel,Window, and Door Installation
    Chapter 9: Roof Systems
    Chapter 10: Arches: Putting the Arc Back into Architecture
    Chapter 11: Dynamics of a Dome
    Chapter 12: Illustrated Guide to Dome Construction
    Chapter 13: Roofing Options for Domes
    Chapter 14: Exterior Plasters
    Chapter 15: Interior Plasters
    Chapter 16: Floors
    Chapter 17: Designing for Your Climate
    Chapter 18: The Code

    Appendix A: Build Your Own Dirtbag Tools
    Appendix B: How to Figure Basic Earthbag Construction Costs, Labor, and Time
    Appendix C: Conversions and Calculations
    Appendix D: The Magic of a Circle

    Resource Guide
    Index
    About the Authors