Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: The Merits of Earthbag Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Chapter 2: Basic Materials for Earthbag Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Chapter 3: Tools, Tricks and Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33

Chapter 4: Foundations 53

Chapter 5: Structural Design Features for Earthbag Walls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69

Chapter 6: Step-by-Step Flexible Form Rammed Earth Technique, or How to Turn a Bag of Dirt into a Precision Wall

Building System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77

Chapter 7: Electrical, Plumbing, Shelving, and Intersecting Walls:

Making the Connection 97

Chapter 8: Lintel, Window, and Door Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

Chapter 9: Roof Systems 109

Chapter 10: Arches: Putting the Arc Back into Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123

Chapter 11: Dynamics of a Dome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

Chapter 12: Illustrated Guide to Dome Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145

Chapter 13: Roofing Options for Domes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163

Chapter 14: Exterior Plasters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171

Chapter 15: Interior Plasters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187

Chapter 16: Floors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197

Chapter 17: Designing for Your Climate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205

Chapter 18: The Code 215

Appendix A: Build Your Own Dirtbag Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221

Appendix B: How to Figure Basic Earthbag Construction Costs,

Labor, and Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233

Appendix C: Conversions and Calculations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237

Appendix D: The Magic of a Circle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239

Resource Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241

Index 249

About the Authors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259

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