AUWA Earth

Boutique guest cottage in Brazil made with hyperadobe
Boutique guest cottage in Brazil made with hyperadobe

Earthbag rural retreat, Carrancas, Brazil
Earthbag rural retreat, Carrancas, Brazil

Hyperadobe wall
Hyperadobe wall

AUWA Earth Earthbag Workshops Australia

“Of all earth building techniques, Earthbag building (or ‘Superadobe’) is the easiest to learn and most forgiving in terms of what type of earth you can use – this means that anyone can start building structures for their backyard or additions to their home, using the earth beneath your feet.

Because Earthbag doesn’t necessarily have to be load-bearing, you can use it an an infill material for an existing structure or for Council-approved post-and-beam structures and still gain the huge benefits of building with the earth without needing to worry about engineering and Council approval.

Building with the earth provides you with huge health and comfort benefits. You can build any thickness wall and notice a difference but ideally, to achieve maximum benefits you should aim for walls with a thickness of at least 300mm. Using earthbag is a quick and easy way to achieve this thickness, giving you all the properties of a solid rammed earth wall but in a flexible form and without the need for awkward formwork – so you are free to design the house of your dreams!

Best of all, this method is achievable. It is so simple that it is possible even as a solo builder to construct using this – although why do that when friends and family love getting involved and make the process all the more enjoyable.

Earthbag earth walls provide you with:
– High thermal mass
– Great acoustic insulation
– Protection from electromagnetic radiation (for example from mobile phone towers and overhead powerlines)
– Humidity control
– Internal day/night temperature balance

There really are no excuses – get earthbagging today! Don’t forget – starting small is the key. There are boundless opportunities for trying out this technique and after completing a weekend workshop or better still, a week-long course, you will have the confidence to start on your own projects. Earthbag is great for garden projects such as kids cubby-houses, raised garden beds, retaining walls, outdoor benches, sculptural seating…the list of possibilities is endless.”

Source: AUWA Earth

7 thoughts on “AUWA Earth”

  1. So what I like most from this post is how they curved the corner, looks cool and seems to be more structural then breaking and starting in the corner, more Monolithic as you all are known for saying.

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  2. Hello,

    Any chances you know how to get in contact with people from Auwa Earth from Australia? I’ve been sending them emails but no replies so far.

    Any help I would really appreciate it.

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  3. I’d love to hear how well earthbag walls block radiation from the TSA’s VIPR scanning vans. Typical matchbox house walls don’t block the eyes of those perverts. I think with one foot thick earth walls it would make the scanners useless to see in but some radiation will still enter due to the halving distance of 3.6 inches.

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    • Great point. Does anyone out there have experience in this area? Are there additional steps one could take to block hazardous rays (in addition to earth-sheltering/building underground)?

      Maybe someone would like to write a guest post on this topic?

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      • Scanning cars? Wow, you have fancy stuff in the US.
        Just my 2cents: have your windows as high located as possible. Windows should be wide but not tall, pretty much as the middle one of the first posted picture (but higher located). Next would be having a wall in front of your house (maybe 1.5meter distance from your door with a width of 2-3 time the width of your door). Almost the same one as old Chinese houses have to prevent from bad ghosts.

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