First Earthbag House in Tamil Nadu, India

“This earthbag house is environment friendly, very cheap to build. Operational energy is almost nil.”

Earthbag roundhouse and dome in India
Earthbag roundhouse and dome in India

Best views of completed house at 2:19 (photo above) and 3:29.

25 thoughts on “First Earthbag House in Tamil Nadu, India”

  1. We are building a court yard restaurant on black soil. Can we build earth bag pillars where in the roofing will be of manglore tiles with wood structure and no walls only pillars. Total build area 15 feet × 25 feet. We want some help to build the pillars and in our soil the foundation is 6 feet depth. Please help us in this construction

    • It is possible to build earthbag pillars, but they will end up being considerably larger than either wood or steel would be. The foundation or base for each pillar could be created like a rubble trench, with the hole filled with stone or urbanite (broken concrete). The lower few courses of bags can be filled with gravel to keep water from wicking upward. I suggest making the pillars square with each side being the length of about 1 1/2 bags, so that the pattern would be one bag length one each side and the next bag laid 90 degrees at the end. The next course would offset the pattern like bricks going up. This would create a hollow core. I further suggest pounding vertical rebar pins through each corner for more stability.

  2. As part of the Executive Programme, I pursue at IIM Kashipur. My project is focused on Ultra low-cost housing for poor and the Tribes residing in non-motorable locations in India.

    I came across your website and found a product of yours might be useful for my project and wanted to discuss further.

    Kindly let me know, what date and time would be appropriate to meet you in person and discuss.

    • Polypropylene bags are used for storing rice, grains, animal feed, etc. Look for used bags at feed stores, etc. They’re very common. Every large city usually has a company that sells bags. Do not buy bags with plastic liners. Standard size is 18″x30-32″

  3. Sir I am watching ths vedeos from long time.i understand the concept.but I am wondering,where I ll get earhbag in India.if you have any idea regarding the same than pls let me no is 9922440116.

  4. Happened to see your earthbag house today here.I am intrested to know more about the to live in simple house like that.Is it
    possible to have the contacts of the builders

  5. I happened to see this earth bag today and I wasn’t aware of this concept until I saw your page i am same interested to know more about it pls get in touch with me

  6. Nice.

    They hit most of the important best practices.

    Build on High Ground. Check.

    Good foundation. Check.

    Good roof overhang. Check. (could have used more overhang, or even a porch, but what they did is okay.)

    I’m not sure about how well the dome will fare during India’s wet season. May need to add a roof to that later. The local micro-climate may be drier than most of India, so they may have no trouble.

    It’s just a cosmetic choice, but it would have been nice to have the plumbing for the toilet run under the floor so it didn’t need to be attached to the surface of the wall.

    Still. It’s a nice structure. Should last a long time as long as the roof and the plaster are well maintained.

  7. Very nice. You always see pictures of India congested with people and shrines etc. It’s nice to see trees, hills etc. That’s a place that earthbags would seem to be a great place for it’s use.


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