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Low Cost Earthbag Options for Nepal — 5 Comments

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  1. When building an earthbag wall that is over one story high, or when building a retaining wall as inferred to in the original post above, I like to look at the example of the Servian Wall built encircling the city of Rome around 396 BC and still stands in places today. It is composed of stone blocks that are shaped much like a tamped down earthbag, longer when looked at from the side and shorter when looked at from the end. The blocks were placed in alternating layers, first turned one way with the next course laid at 90 degrees to the layer beneath it.

    If the walls are built two bags thick, and then the next layer laid 90 degrees across, it will make the wall much more stable than simply laying two bags side by side in layers up the wall. Here is a link that shows a couple good photos of this method, the first and last photos being the best example.

    http://www.livius.org/ro-rz/rome/rome_servian_wall.html

  2. Imagine if 100 homes in your neighbor were suddenly destroyed and had to be rebuilt. That’s the situation in Goldhunga where I am conducting the first earthbag training in Nepal. So far the training is going extremely well. Nepalis like the training and earthbag building, and plan to start building this way when they return to their villages. The current class is a group of about 20 young engineers. Skilled builders like them are the future of Nepal. They have the skills to design and oversee projects, not just stack bags.

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