Earthbag Stone Dome

Yesterday’s video about How the Pyramids Were Built shows how loose limestone can be turned to stone. This method seems easier and simpler than using MICP, don’t you think? This seems like a good time to experiment with geopolymer cast stone to make the first ever earthbag stone dome. The mountain range near our home … Read more

Earthbag Locations

We know of earthbag structures in the following US states: AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, ID, KY, MD, MI, MN, MO, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, WA We know of earthbag structures in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican … Read more

Mortgage Mess Was Avoidable

Thousands of families who have built affordable homes, cash up front, made of earthbags, straw bales, cordwood, cob and rammed tires are not in danger of losing their homes in the current mortgage crisis. And if you include affordable adobe, bamboo and thatch homes built worldwide, over a third of the world’s houses have avoided … Read more

Local Materials, Small Designs and DIY Labor = Sustainable and Affordable Housing

What does it take to build truly sustainable houses – the kind people really want and can afford – and not some greenwashing hype? Most contractor-built houses are not affordable to the masses, so obviously something is amiss. And because buildings account for the largest share of energy use and cause devastating effects to our … Read more

Updated Step-by-Step Earthbag Building

My Step-by-Step Earthbag Building article at has been updated. I built a demonstration wall and photographed each step. YouTube videos have been embedded to further demonstrate the process. All the latest tools and techniques are shown, including use of stronger sheetmetal sliders, 2-gallon cement buckets, bucket chutes, bags turned inside out, and filling bags … Read more