“Stand on a Kathmandu street corner and meet the smartest, most talented young men and women you’ll ever run into, all determined to get their country back on its feet after a catastrophic earthquake. Hike into the mountains and meet their parents, living in tin shacks and waiting for government aid that may never come.
“Bottom Leaf will be hosting our first official earthbag building workshop on May 6 – 8th at our community property one hour north of Asheville, NC. Participants can arrive Friday afternoon, if they wish to camp, or on Saturday by 9am. There will be sites available for primitive camping and two meals will be served daily. This class will teach many of the basics of earthbag building. The hours of the workshop will be from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday with an hour-long break for lunch each day. Enrollment is limited to 10 people. There is an early rate of $250 ($50 off) that will be available until April 15th. The regular price of the class is $300 per person. If you’re unable to afford the fee but would like to attend, alternative arrangements can be discussed.
This article describes a low cost method of building insulated basement walls without concrete, using geotextiles. Typical basement walls are expensive and use large amounts of concrete, a major contributor to global climate change. Concrete basement walls are typically built by contractors, because they require expensive forms and specialized knowledge. Plus, in cold climates they … Read more