The Tools, Tricks and Techniques
by Kaki Hunter and Donald Kiffmeyer
With over seventy percent of Americans unable to afford a code-enforced, contractor-built home, there has been widespread interest in recent years in using natural and alternative materials for construction. Straw, cob, and earth can all be used for building homes and other buildings that are inexpensive, and that rely largely on labor, rather than high-cost, and often environmentally-damaging materials imported from from far away.
Earthbag Building is a comprehensive guide to all the tools, tricks, and techniques for building with bags filled with earth-- or earthbags. Acknowledged pioneers and experts in the field, the authors have prefected their "flexible form rammed earth technique" -- a reliable method for constructing homes, out-buildings, garden walls and much more. This enduring, tree free architecture can also be used to create arched and domed structures of great beauty--at home in any region, and 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:
With dedicated sections on costs, making your own specialized tools, and building code considerations, as well as a complete resources guide, Earthbag Building is a definitive guide to this uniquely pleasing construction style.
- special design considerations
- electrical, plumbing, and shelving
- roofs, arches, and domes
- foundations, walls, and floors
- lintels, windows, and door installations
- exterior and interior plasters
Kaki Hunter and Donald Kiffmeyer have been involved in the natural building movement for the last twelve years, specializing in affordable, low-tech, low-impact building methods that are as natural as possible. They developed the "flexible form rammed earth technique" of building affordably with earthbags and have taught the subject and contributed their expertise to several books and journals on natural building. ISBN: 0-86571-507-6. 257 Pages. 2004.