Building with earthbags


Earthbag home in Utah

This home was built by the owner using polypropylene bags filled with compressed earth and sand. This technique was pioneered by an architect in California, Nader Khalili at Cal-Earth.

These homes outperform traditional construction for earthquake and hurricane conditions.

This is a construction picture of an earthbag home built in Costa Rica.


It is now a vacation rental. The finish details are lovely, aren’t they?


This earthbag house is really a sandbag house, built in the Bahamas. They built with what they had at hand: crushed coral sand. It worked great!

The completed home has gone through several hurricanes without a problem. Aren’t the arches lovely? No boring rectangular doors in this house!

The people at OK OK OK Productions wrote the bible on this building technique. They call their method FQSS: Fun, Quick, Simple and Solid.

They also call their FAQ: Smart-Ass Answers. So, you know I loved their book, Earthbag Building, by Kaki Hunter and Donald Kiffmeyer.

Sweet, sweet earth.

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2 Responses to “Building with earthbags”

  1. kopano mantswe Says:

    My name is Kopano Mantswe i am from country called Botswana.My country is the size of France but it has a very small population of 2million.Two thirds of Botswana is a desert a great source of material of this kind of housing.Although my country boasts of vast mineral resources we Batswana benefit a little from this resources resulting in alot of people living in humiliating poverty.My people live in inhabitable conditions because they cannot afford to build proper and dignified houses for themselves.Your approach to building a house is both cheap and so original.This is truly original.I am very much interested in learning how to build this houses so that i can start a self help housing project for rural communities in my country.

  2. Owen Geiger Says:

    This is an old post that doesn’t seem to be maintained. For current news, earthbag house plans and detailed information on earthbag building, please visit our websites:
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    Earthbag building is perfect for countries such as Botswana.

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