We’re starting to get requests for disaster relief in the Philippines. This is where earthbag building really shines. I’ve researched this for years and don’t know of any building method that’s better suited to providing low cost, disaster resistant emergency shelter than earthbags. Earthbag structures can be designed to resist earthquakes, typhoons and anything else nature dishes out. Our websites explain almost everything you need for free.
“Dear Mr. Owen Geiger,
The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) is the duly accredited professional organization of architects in the Philippines. We have an active membership of around 13,000 spread all over the Philippines.
With the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in central Visayas, the organization is looking at possible ways on how to contribute to the reconstruction of some of the devastated areas. We have formed the UAP Emergency Architects Group and currently is preparing plans for temporary mobile facilities using containers and at the same time looking at possible ways to provide permanent facilities. One of this is the provision of permanent disaster-resilient schools which is very much needed in said areas.
We have been pursuing the idea of an earthbag school but we dont know how to do it. I am writing to you to ask for some help on how to go about with the project. We would appreciate any help from your end.”
Thanks and best regards,
Ar. Rey Gabitan
Head, UAP Emergency Architects Group
We have helped a lot of groups all over the world and have assembled the disaster-resistant housing information on one website: Earthbag Shelters.com This site will answer most of your questions.
We have at least one earthbag school and some dormitories that are fully designed and ready to go for free. Other plans are on the drawing boards if you’re interested.
We have several free emergency shelter designs and house plans:
Our main site is Earthbag Building.com where we have lots of project photos, recommended videos, articles, testing reports and so on.
Our Natural Building blog focuses on earthbag building, but also includes many other types of low cost natural building methods.
Let us know how we can help.
Cc: Kelly Hart