Kelly Hart's DVD
Kelly Hart’s DVD

A Sampler of Alternative Homes: Approaching Sustainable Architecture . This two-hour DVD, produced by Kelly Hart, provides an overview of sustainable building concepts. You can enjoy a look at a fascinating variety of homes and the creative people who built them! Discover how passive solar design and environmentally low-impact materials can be used to create comfortable and economical homes. See the use of both traditional materials, such as adobe, and innovative materials, such as papercrete and earthbags.

This program offers a wealth of information about construction details and other considerations. It covers adobe block construction, piled adobe (similar to cob), rammed earth, both load-bearing and post and beam strawbale, earthships, earth-sheltering, cordwood, thin-shelled concrete domes, papercrete, earthbags, hybrid structures, and recycling various containers for housing. To watch a streaming video introduction to this program, click here.


Step by Step Guide
Owen Geiger’s DVD

Basic Earthbag Building: a Step-by-Step Guide  is a comprehensive DVD created by Owen Geiger. The first part of the DVD provides clear, simple explanations of each step of construction, and includes full coverage of the tools and supplies needed to complete any sized project.

The second part documents the construction of a cool pantry, which uses the same basic steps as most any other earthbag structure. Watching the construction of an actual project is key to understanding the whole process, and will enable you to see how all the steps and parts go together.

For more information about this DVD read this page.




Kelly Hart's DVD
Kelly Hart’s DVD

Building with Bags: How We Made Our Experimental Earthbag/Papercrete House 1 1/2 hr. DVD produced by Kelly Hart. We wanted to build an environmentally sensitive and aesthetically pleasing home at a moderate price. We chose to create earthbag domes covered with papercrete (recycled paper combined with cement and sand). This honest DVD documents details of the construction, insights gained, and the ups and downs (literally!) of the building process. Several other earthbag homes are also shown. For more information about the house see this page. To view a streaming video introduction to this DVD click here.




by Owen Geiger
Owen Geiger’s ebook

Earthbag Building Guide: Vertical Walls Step by Step, by Owen Geiger, is a $20 ebook that you can download immediately after purchasing, which makes it easily available anywhere in the world. Chapter titles include: Dirt Cheap Shelter, Choosing a Plan, Tools, Supplies, Foundations, Bag Walls, Tube Walls, Openings and Details, Lintels and Bond Beams, Insulated Walls, Roofs, Plaster, Finishing Details, and First Projects.

For more information about this ebook read this page.





Kelly Hart's book
Kelly Hart’s book

Rolling Shelter: Vehicles We Have Called Home is a personal account of Kelly and Rosana Hart’s life in two different buses, three vans, two small motor homes, two travel trailers combined into one house, and two cars. Kelly tells stories about how they spent time exploring the western United States, Mexico and Guatemala, all the while living in various RV’s. This book will inspire you and give you some ideas for how you might take advantage of vehicles to provide shelter in your life.

In full color, the book features over 200 photographs and 5 detailed floor plans. With descriptions of how the conversions were accomplished, it is valuable both as an overview of vehicular dwelling and as a construction manual for how you might convert your own.

14 thoughts on “Publications”

  1. I have been an admirer of earthbag construction and believe this can completely change on the housing costs in my community. i live in Uganda East Africa and would like to have more knowledge on earthbag architectural designs that would benefit my community.

  2. Hi there! I am reading the Earthbag Building Guide (it’s excellent, by the way – still have a long way to go), and have encountered frequent mentions of a companion called the “Earthbag Design Guide.” However, I am having trouble finding any information online about it. Could you possibly point me in the right direction?



  3. Hi. Please i want to receive the publications frequently of your naturalbuilding blog. Can you add my email please. Tank you. Chris

    • I’m not sure what you mean. You can subscribe from the home page. Scroll down and you’ll see a Subscribe button on the right hand side.

  4. Hi I’m looking for a university for 2015 to expand my current specialization. I’m doing my honors in Urban and Regional planning, looking at how green infrastructure can uplift communities. Using eco-friendly construction methods is a crucial part of this holistic system. If you know of any opportunities for me please, show me the way.

    Mandre Joubert

    • You’ll want to spend lots of time searching online for Green Building architecture programs, and then visiting your top choices in person.

  5. Thank you for this excellent information. I am planning to build a 40′ X 60′ 4 season Greenhouse and this has caused me to rethink the whole Job. I want Build an Aquaponics System. Is Owen Geiger’s DVD and PDF book applicable? Any recommendations would be welcomed. Larry

    • Yes, earthbags are good for greenhouses. Search our blog here for numerous examples. Climate is a major design factor, so choose a design that fits your climate.

  6. It is very hard to create a residence completely earth quake evidence. In the very most powerful earth quake, even the best designed residence will experience serious harm. However, technicians do their best to create sure the apartments will take a position up long enough for the residents to get out to protection.
    The most serious structures that execute badly during an earth quake are created of low high quality brickwork such as stone or tangible prevent. The surfaces are generally created out of stones placed on one another other and are organized with a mortar. The ceiling is created out of supports of timber set across the top of the walls. The weight of the ceiling is taken downward through the walls of the fundamentals. When an earth quake happens, this type of developing gets a back and forth distress, the surfaces tip over and fall apart and the ceiling drops in on the residents like a house of credit cards. Luckily, the govt in the Malaysia requires the necessary making sure that the apartments in the Malaysia adhere to the appropriate developing requirements to create sure the protection of the public.
    As these components get more complicated, the process of making it more earth quake evidence becomes more complicated. The harmonic features of the developing and floor have to be regarded. Even if the components for the developing is of top high quality, the framework of the developing may be inadequate.
    Some nations take the developing rule for provided. Countries like these usually have a great loss of life rate when disasters such as an earth quake happen. Malaysia has a law in which all structures should follow specific information collections that will create sure the protection of its residents during quakes. Designers should create sure that their design is earth quake evidence before they are accepted. There are various companies in the Malaysia that guarantees the protection of the future structures.
    Philippines being in the “Pacific Band of Fire” knowledgeable a lot of tectonic action. Considering this, there has been no significant deaths because of quakes. Right now, there are a lot of infrastructures in the Malaysia that can achieve as great as 30 surfaces. Some even achieve up to 50. Being in an earth quake vulnerable area, these components are designed in such a way that they will hold up against at least a scale 6 earth quake. The Malaysia has not yet experience a scale 8 earth quake.
    The Malaysia has a lot of volcanoes. A volcanologist institution known as Phivocs, research the area around these volcanoes and provides suggestions for the protection of the components around these locations. There are cases however, in which Phivocs revokes a allow of those infrastructures near volcanoes, as to because these locations are more earth quake vulnerable.
    Engineers are frustrated to develop their tasks near exploration locations. These locations, even if most of them are not in mistake collections, are still earth quake vulnerable. Earthquakes from these locations are artificial, they are man created. They are due to large boost, large equipment and floor displacement.
    The Filipino govt requires all of this into account when making a residence in the Malaysia.
    Dodong Gorge is a author for various subjects relevant to geologic protection and control in the Malaysia. He also leads to articles for sites that offer apartments in the Philippines
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