Cold Climate Earthbag Yurts — 18 Comments

    • Scoria varies quite a bit in cost from region to region. In areas where such volcanic stone is prevalent (mostly the west coast in the US) it can be fairly inexpensive, but in other places it can be quite costly or even unavailable. I suggest checking at landscape supply outlets for this.

  1. Now I’ve got some decisions to make. I’ve been looking at yurt kits on to put on my property, they have some cool looking yurts. But this idea really intrigues me. I’m curious what the price is for making a yurt in this style?

    Yurts have intrigued us for awhile now. We got a quote for a cabin and it was around $250,000, while the yurt kit that we’ve been looking at is $29.256. I priced out material for building a platform and foundation and I think the total cost will be around $40,000.

    • Well, if you started with a yurt kit, as suggested in this blog post, the cost of adding earthbag insulation would add the cost of the bag material and whatever insulation material you could source. Scoria is good, but it is not available everywhere. Other options might be rice hulls, perlite, vermiculite, pumice, or even shredded styrofoam. None of this should cost very much.

      Another option might be to simply build and insulated earthbag round house and create a yurt-style roof for it. That might be the cheapest solution of all.

  2. It seems like a yurt structure with a heavier earthbag filling and a substantial surrounding berm might withstand tornadoes!

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  4. Please send me info, brochure, catalog, e-mails on upcoming earthbag yurt building workshops in Dec’10, and any workshops upcoming in 2011. Thank you,

    • It sure seems like they would sell replacement roofs. What do they do if someone’s roof is damaged?

      If you have to buy a whole yurt, the canvas will protect the earthbag walls.

  5. I did a Google search for yurt roof frames with no luck. Will you point me in the right direction, please? Also, have you abandoned the barbed wire on these bags? How frequently do you tie the horizontal rows with twine? 2 rows at a time?



  6. So I’m hoping to build an earthbag style structure in South Eastern Oregon. I was wondering if you could refer me to someone in the N. California, S. Oregon area who would be willing to accept me as a student or apprentice, or who would just be able to shed light on the subject, as I have only heard of this building over the last few months. I would take one of the courses but I’m kinda broke!

    • There’s lots of natural building going on in your area. Just keep looking.

      However, earthbag building is not widespread yet. I suggest reading and re-reading everything on our sites and then building yourself a small prototype structure — maybe a storage building, etc. — to learn the basics.

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