Between 2009 and 2011, Hubert and Julien built five earthbag structures on the tropical island of Koh Phangan, Southern Thailand. The structures include two darkroom meditation domes, a large 2-room fortress-like toolshed (roughly 1100 earthbags and over 50 metric tons of dirt were used) and a spacious, minimalist, and rather luxurious “cave” house that artfully combines granite, wood and earth.
Maggi McKerron is building guesthouses with bags filled with rice husks (hulls) in Chiang Dao, Thailand. Here is her latest report.
“The label “natural building” can refer to a wide variety of construction methods and materials. The natural buildings that we build at Earth Home are made from wood, clay, sand, rice husks, straw and water. Some cement is used in the foundation of the buildings. Since roofs are the most expensive element in the entire … Read more
“The DinDang Natural Building and Living Center aims to promote the natural and traditional techniques of building and the lifestyle that goes with it in the Phato area in southern Thailand.
“Daruma Eco-Farm is a sustainable permaculture project located in Bang Phra, Thailand. We offer permaculture design courses, have an artist-in residency program, and are an active member of WWOOF (World-Wide Opportunities in Organic Farming), Couchsurfing, and WarmShowers. Volunteers coming to Daruma Eco-Farm can expect to work on anything from planting rice paddies to sustainable construction to assisting our on-site alternative learning school, Mosaic. There are always different projects going on, depending on the season.
“We will learn how to build a roundhouse with a dome roof, using rice-husk bags, bamboo, earth and other local materials. We will not be using any electrical tools. After the workshop, you will be able to go off and build one for yourself!