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Earthen Hand.com Regenerative Home Nearing Completion — 7 Comments

  1. Hey, I apologize for not replying on here a few years ago! I honestly didn’t notice this comment. But I would like to respond (finally, and for posterity) about the technical question that came up.

    Yes, the corners of a free standing eb building are stronger when lapped. In the final arrangement including earth berm (buttress), it will be earthquake proof. Examining the drawings, one can see we planned all along to bury the whole back of the building up to about 6 ft. (Find those by google search Regenerative Home and view the images that come up) The plans show it will be heavily held together by a compacted earth berm. The 45 deg joints are a lot faster to complete because we don’t cut the bag, only twist and continue. I got the idea from some brazilian hyperadobe video.

    Hyperadobe rocks!

    • Glad to hear from you again Scott. Be sure to send info about any new projects you’d like us to promote on our blog.

    • I’ve already responded to this. See previous comment.

      No, I don’t see lap joints. It looks like miter joints. This is very strange. I’ve never seen anyone do this.

    • Good catch. It seems they did not overlap the courses as customary. It looks like the corners meet at an angle (miter joint). This is not as strong as overlapped courses.

  2. Great project. The Regenerative Home demonstrates a good combination of hyperadobe (raschel mesh tubes), earthbag foundation, leaning adobe (Nubian vault), ferrocement (vault) and other concepts. You can learn more about each topic by searching our websites. We have lots of new readers and so I’m showing a few links below to get you started. There’s lots more info on each topic.

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    https://naturalbuildingblog.siterubix.com/ferrocement-roofs-for-earthbag-structures/

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