LinksEarthbags, materials, & construction techniques:
Earth Architecture and Ceramics: The Sandbag/Superadobe/ Superblock Construction System
(Khalili / Vitorre) - Technical paper submitted to the ICBO in 1998 (1.80 Mb; PDF download)
Earthbag Structures - new site, with focus on earthbag solutions for disaster (and disaster-prone)
Earthship Biotecture - rammed earth in recycled tires, instead of in poly & burlap bags. Extensive
information on systems.
Beehive Homes (Abiquiu; cooperative building workshops)
Green Home Building - Kelly Hart's phenomenally comprehensive site
Calearth Institute - Founded by Nader Khalili in 1986; excellent resource!
Quentin Wilson (instructor of Northern NM College's Adobe Construction Program; not earthbags,
but still relevant)
Earthbag House Plans - Owen Geiger's site
OKOKOK Productions (Hunter & Kiffmeyer's once excellent site - currently offline???)
Earthbag Building.com - venerable site of Kelly Hart & Owen Geiger
Earthbag Building Blog (also from Hart & Geiger; what's going on abroad)
Mustang Springs Ranch (a bit hard to navigate, but gold)
Écobâtiment - In French. Un site agréable et informative. Basée au Québec.
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service Web Soil Survey application - easy to use application
to access National Cooperative Soil Survey data for your region (all the way down to your back yard).
Clay content, salinity, drainage, plasticity index... more than you can imagine. Outstanding. Your US
tax dollars at work, folks.
Plastering, rendering, and papercrete:
New Mexico Clay - wonderful source of dry clay additives (in different colors), mica additives, and
Mud for Everyone - Erica Ann's wonderful website
Earth Plaster How-To - from the folks at Dancing Rabbit
Natural Clay Plaster Over Adobe - from Building Green TV
What is Lime Plaster? - also from Building Green TV
Lime Plasters & Renders - the Earth Pigments Co. (luscious site!)
Lime Stucco Plastering - Jim Phypers' site; nice photos of application with a sprayer
Papercrete Educational Website - part of Dirtcheapbuilder.com; cheap books & great links!
Mixers (Papercrete or plaster) - Gordon Solberg of Las Cruces features Mike McCain's 3rd world mixer
on his site.
Books (with extracts for viewing)... or order from us through Amazon
Earthbag Building - Kaki Hunter & Donald Kiffmeyer - a classic!
The Art of Natural Building - Joseph Kennedy, Michael Smith, Catherine Wanek
The Natural Plaster Book - Cedar Rose Guelberth, Dan Chiras
The Cob Builder's Handbook - Becky Bee
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