Strawbale houses were first built shortly after the invention of the baling machine. Settlers in western Nebraska who had access to this machine were quick to realize the potential of large, insulated building blocks. And the rest of the story, as they say, is history. This same potential now exists for earthbag building.
The benefits of building with bags are described in detail throughout this website. But earthbag building does have a downside – filling, moving and tamping the bags is labor intensive. The labor can be reduced somewhat by using lightweight volcanic gravel, but it’s still a lot of work.
This could change with the invention of the automated bag filling machine. Originally designed for flood control projects, the Ensor Equipment bag filling machine has enormous potential for changing the future of earthbag building, especially large scale projects such as housing developments, warehouses, factories, shops, schools and other civic structures.
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