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Sandbag Houses by MMA Architects — 2 Comments

  1. I’m not very impressed with this house for a number of reasons. I blew the photo up to 200% which revealed a number of flaws. First of all, the architects still have the ‘stick-built’ house mentality. There are a number of vertical beams throughout the structure, notably tying the window frames with the foundation and the bond beam. In between these posts they have stacked the earthbags so that there are no overlaps, or very few. Most sections have vertical seams between each level of the bags, from foundation to the roof. This weakens the structure considerably. It also appears that they have constructed the mold for the bond beam before the earthbags even get up to that level, which will potentially leave gaps that will have to be sealed at some point. There are much better ways of building the structure.

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