Earthbag Houses in Parova, Pakistan — 3 Comments

  1. Dear Patti stouter , i am looking for volunteer which can help to design and construct sand bag houses for flood affected and earth quick affected.

    i am a young volunteer appeal for consultancy to build this kind of houses in pakistan

  2. Somehow I missed this post. I’d love to hear from these people how it’s going. I’d like to help those in flooded areas of Pakistan. I hope they are able to use some culturally appropriate shapes as they begin rebuilding.
    For regions subject to flooding sand bags can be made much more stable with some included aggregate.
    1″ shells that interlock, used 50% in fill create a much more stable bag than pure sand alone. I suspect sturdy plastic trash or large chunks of stone or rubble will do the same.

    I also suspect that this aggregate only needs to be included in the central third of a bag to effectively prevent the bag slumping that tends to happen with pure sand.
    Anyone have any experience with this?

    • It would be good to contact them and explain how to make some test bags. They may have adequate clay in their soil. Hard to tell. Or maybe there’s a clay source nearby.

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