Earthen Hand Natural Building, Owen Ingley of Plenitud Iniciativas; Alex Klein of . The Geiger Research Institute of Sustainable Building is devoted to finding. This is a description of Owen Geiger's book, Earthbag Building Guide. This is now available as a PDF download for $ As a companion to this book. During building, lifting the earthbags to higher levels and tamping require a fair amount of physical .. Dr Owen Geiger, author of Earthbag Building Guide.
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Step-by-Step Earthbag Building by Owen Geiger on November 24, Table of Contents. License: Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa). Jun 29, The Earthbag Building Guide by Owen Geiger is now available for $20 as a PDF download. The ebook is available for free with all new house. May 25, More than 50 earthbag buildings in Nepal have recently survived Owen Geiger and Kelly Hart have been instrumental in developing these guidelines. And see BSI's simple visual building guides like Building EB Walls.
Plaster: Most people use earth or lime plaster on earthbag houses. Some use cement plaster, but it's best to use plaster that allows moisture vapor to pass through the wall.
Use wide roof overhangs if you live in a rainy climate. Heat: Wood stoves serve as the heating system in virtually all my designs. A few designs have space for installation of radiant floor heat another excellent choice. Many of the plans feature passive solar heat. Because these houses are small, most can be heated with a smaller than average wood stove.
Windows: All windows are standard sizes. Most windows are 24", 36" and 48" - the most readily available sizes - and which are often on sale. Be careful using recycled windows.
Most older windows are not energy efficient and could cost you more in the long run. You'll notice window and door openings are curved. This creates beautiful openings that enhance views and allow maximum light to enter. Square openings are easier to build, but they result in primitive "tunnel" openings that look crude in comparison.
Doors: Exterior doors are all 36" wide. Most interior doors are 28" or 30". It's easy to adjust these sizes slightly to meet standard metric sizes. Some plans show curtains rather than doors.
This is another way to save money and resources, and speed the construction process. If you do use curtains, I encourage people to build standard sized openings to make it easy to add wood doors at a later date. Also note, always use wood doors on closets with water heaters to reduce risk of fire and meet code, of course. Closets: Closets have been carefully placed between private and public spaces to buffer noise. In some cases they are placed between bedrooms for added privacy. Furniture: The furniture layouts are merely suggestions.
I've added furniture to make it easier to visualize the final home. Showing the furniture is important in small homes to make sure everything fits as planned. With the proliferation of the Internet, I have tried to add at least one desk in every home. Some furniture, such as benches, can be built-in to save money. For example, instead of downloading a sofa and end tables, you could build these out of earthbags and earthen plaster.
Add pillows and you'll have comfortable furniture for hundreds of dollars less than store bought, and it won't offgas chemicals and fall apart in a few years. Solar equipment: Many features such as solar panels, solar water heaters are not shown and can be added according to individual needs. Owen Geiger as complete and ready to build from. They do not include electrical and plumbing details. The plans are scaled and dimensioned. Are there special requirements for foundations, etc.?
Do they require an engineer or architect to stamp the plans? It might be a good idea to know these things before ordering plans.
We recommend downloading the AutoCAD version if you plan to have a professional architect or engineer read or make changes to the plan.
This may be necessary in some jurisdictions that require state-licensed architects or engineers to stamp plans before they will be acceptable. I loved this book and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in earthbag construction. It is concise, detailed, easy to follow, and beautifully illustrated.
I want to congratulate you for being successful in all of these areas and for creating such an extremely well organized and useful guide to earthbag building.
I have not seen any of the techniques written any more precisely or accurately than you have here. Nor do I believe that you have forgotten or overlooked any key concepts.
I believe this is a first class instruction manual on earthbag construction and I have learned quite a few things from it myself. I love the way you have seamlessly incorporated internet-based resources into your instructions.
I think this approach will be wildly successful and extremely helpful to the reader. Best of luck, Owen. I look forward to seeing it in print and putting it to use in the field. Many homes will be built from it. I will be referring to it often in my own projects and look forward with keen interest to forthcoming titles from this talented researcher.