CORGANIXS: Disaster Resistant ISBU/Earthbag Homes — 10 Comments

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  4. Very interesting ideas!

    I was wondering a few things:
    When is your book on container/earthbag homes going to be available?
    What would the elevation view of the above drawing look like?
    @Owen Are you in India or Thailand?

    I have been thinking / writing notes about our EB home.

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  6. Great concept. When shipping the ISBU to the intended site, pack the empty earthbags inside, so that construction can begin immediately. A few simple hndtools, and it is good to go. Don’t forget to lay in the plastic sheeting or other material to make the bag foundation waterproof. If earthbag tubes are preferred, this would save even more space, as a roll or two would be all it would take per unit.

    • Great advice, thanks. Everything could go in the ISBU. And I like how these units can be mass produced in a shop and shipped into disaster areas. It wouldn’t be authorized by code, but a person could live in it from day 1.

      • Funny you should mention that, guys.

        We’re already fabbing “transit racks” to allow materials to ship securely inside the box as it makes it’s way to the site.

        It’s like building a jigsaw puzzle, I tell you! :)

        And we thought that by building a retracting table (like the conversion you see in RVs) the dinette table could indeed drop down to form a double bed, allowing protected sleeping (from the elements, not the job boss!) from the moment it arrives on site. :)

        A hammock over that and you could literally live in it WHILE you built your earthbag walls.

        After the build finishes, the “sleeper dinette” just becomes “overflow” sleeping area”.

        Sure, for some it’d be a tight squeeze, but it’s definitely doable. ;)

        • I was thinking along these lines today and realized the core would be a good disaster resistant temporary shelter with everything you need while you build the rest of the house. It’s tight, but if your home was blown away or whatever it would be enough to help you make a new beginning. You’d definitely be safe and secure.

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