Several previous posts have already covered the basics of the Eternally Solar’s earthbag system. Today Dr. Johnny Anderton of Eternally Solar / EarthBagBuild explains how mesh bags can be sewn to work like their bags.
Owen: What about sewing mesh bags or tubes (Hyperadobe) to create a product similar to yours? Can owner builders do this on their own homes without conflicting with your patent rights? (This could be done on a heavy duty sewing machine.)
Johnny: My feeling is that this sort of technology should be available to all who need it. Having said that, I am sure that more innovations are made/discovered if the originator can be reasonably sure that costs of developing the idea, which can in some cases be very high, are covered. In this case we still have not been able to raise enough funds to put the system through the official Agrement International building code tests. This will cost in the region of USD $ 70 000. So my response to the issue of patent rights is that we would appreciate a donation towards a fund that will allow us to further develop the system, have a complete rational design compiled by a structural engineer and then have it officially tested and certified. Once this is done it will set a standard for other building code authorities in other countries to follow. So I would just ask that anyone who uses and benefits from the system considers helping towards it benefiting others by supporting its official development. Rather like open source software with a voluntary donation ‘honesty’ system.