Precision Structural Engineering has kindly provided a free sample house plan to showcase their earthbag engineering prowess. Here’s the free PDF plans. As you can see, their code approved engineered plans are very extensive and detailed. Precision Structural Engineering is the clear leader in getting earthbag projects code approved. They are licensed in 47 states and have an excellent reputation.
“Learn tried-and-true methods of building and maintaining your small farm or homestead from historic US Department of Agriculture books and bulletins. The University of North Texas provides online editions of thousands of United States government sponsored books and documents. Here’s a small sampling of USDA publications from the 1930s through the 1960s. These old works do not show the latest and best methods, but they are still valuable for ideas.”
Proposal for free creative commons natural home designs.
Wiki Natural Houses: free, open source, downloadable PDF and CAD files so everyone can build their own low cost home.
Complete plans now available as a downloadable PDF. This PDF was actually finished about six months ago but somehow never got uploaded to our Free Plans page. Dozens of people wrote for the free plans. I mistakenly sent them to the preview page, which doesn’t have all the plans. Plus, the preview page had my old email address. (My new address is at the top of the page under About Us.) Sorry for the mix-up.
Sustainable Lifestyle from Spreading the Word
Jon is creating a sustainable lifestyle for himself in a poor country. He is fortunate to have access to a computer and the Internet. With a little help from a friend, he’s discovered a whole new world of possibilities for building sustainable homes, cooking stoves, heaters, renewable energy, organic gardens and more. Jon has discovered some of the free guides on the Internet that explain and illustrate extremely low cost ways of living and building things. He’s not only getting a great (and free) education for himself. He’s also learning valuable skills that can help his local community raise their standard of living, improve their health and create sustainable jobs.
Background information from Wiki: Open Source Architecture “Open-source architecture (OSArc) is an emerging paradigm describing new procedures for the design, construction and operation of buildings, infrastructure and spaces… it describes an inclusive approach to spatial design, a collaborative use of design software… A contemporary form of open-source vernacular is the Open Architecture Network launched by … Read more