During March of 2010, Rowen Wilson and Heather Taylor, the two youngest members of the volunteer team, led a small group of Costa Rican youth in the construction of a prototype Earthbag Building. Composed of sacking tubes filled with clay and sand, and covered with waterproofing material, these structures are inexpensive and fun to build.
9 thoughts on “IAT Earthbag Building in Costa Rica”
looks great nice work guys
Beautiful Structure, can anyone tell me how that design works in a rainforest? I don’t see how the water would be dispersed or where it would go. Is there a cistern hidden behind that outcropping to the left of that window there?
It looks like a living roof (green roof). These roofs require a moisture proof barrier such as EPDM rubber membrane. The water gradually drains off. They require a lot of maintenance. Sort of like a garden with constant weeding.
Weeding, h-e-double-l. Just buy some goats. :)
Tried it. Liked it. Ate them later…
Oh, just stop it! BBQ’d they tasted like heaven! :)
Can you explain to us HOW they built those cool roof extensions over the windows? They give the word “eyebrow” a new meaning!
I would love to try this on one of my project ISBU/Earthbag houses…
Great Job, guys! :)
It’s actually pretty simple. Make a rebar frame over windows and doors, and then add mesh and plaster.
Oh sure… Do it “simple”… Smarty pants…
I expected some “Rain Forest Rocket Science…”
Mumble, grumble, snort…
What exactly is being used to maintain the natural look , and waterproof it?
It’s probably cement plaster with a color coat that matches the local soil. It would just melt away if it’s earthen plaster.