“A “House of Sand” sandbag [earthbag] building combines leading edge technology and patented processes, resulting in homes and buildings that are substantially lower in cost to build and run.
The inherent eco-friendly elements that are part of our system are ideal for custom homes and together with our design team, you are assured of a home that reflects your individualism.
The carbon dioxide emission of one square meter of sandbag wall is more than 95% less than that of a conventional brick wall.
Sand can be found locally nearly everywhere around the world, in some regions even directly on the construction site. As there is no need for centralized processing, there is very little transportation of materials. The sand makes up 98% of the weight of the wall materials.
Due to its flexibility, the system offers several cost saving options, depending on the needs of the builder. Due to the enormous weight of sand, Sandbag homes are very wind resistant. The unique quality of sand to absorb impact is not only responsible for making the walls virtually “bulletproof”, but also perform well in earthquake conditions. According to California Standards testing, results have documented the Sandbag system as one of the best methods of construction for earthquake-prone regions.
Plastered sandbag walls are highly fire resistant. Tests conducted in South Africa in 2011 awarded a fire-rating of more than 1 hour, half an hour being the benchmark for fire test certification.
This construction alternative offers design flexibility, environmental responsibility, energy efficiency, long-term structural integrity, durability and lower home-operation costs.”