We’re very happy to hear of a project in Pakistan for 100 earthbag houses. The text below has been pieced together from the Pakwheels forum.
Parova is 30 km from Dera Ismial Khan, badly effected from recent flood & now we are building the latest & economic free cost houses for them with the support of Pakistan Army, donors, Team leader Mr Sajid & backup support of 4×4 Engaged & Saj Engineering. The team has a project to make 100 sand bag homes with two 12×12 rooms in each house. This is Canadian design.
Why janj and sajid sb’s team working there? Well, because of security reasons large NGOs have just dropped off a few tents to the affected areas and ran out of there.
The construction: Well its a pretty straight forward design based on a badminton court layout, but the ground has to be dug to 2 feet and leveled back to have a flat surface, otherwise the sandbag walls will tilt and a single cm out would destroy the whole alignment so excavators, tractor trolleys and compaction equipment is involved to have the thing done – not so easy now. The raw materials are sand (soil), jute bags, iron barbed wire. One house requires between 600 to 800 sand bags.