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Two-story Round Earthbag Building with Root Cellar in Belize — 5 Comments

  1. I desperately would like to see the insides of the existing EB buildings there. I love the vines. I wonder if they could possibly pose any structural threat? I know they are very invasive and as tenacious as a two year old.
    I’ve asked about building in Belize – there’s little information because there’s a lot of focus on areas more susceptible to earthquakes than there is about areas of tropical/subtropical climates so this absolutely piques my interest. Would a root cellar last/work here? Would the domed roofs be okay in such harsh conditions? With the humidity and the rains?
    How often would the lime plaster need to be redone?
    I’d love to find this man and pick his brain!

    • Lots of people are building with earthbags in tropical climates. No problems reported so far. Just be sure to take common sense steps to avoid water damage (build on high ground, build a good roof with wide overhangs, etc.).

      Vines will penetrate any little crack in the plaster and in turn create larger openings for water penetration. You may not notice the water damage until it gets bad. Plus, vines make it very difficult to replaster. For these reasons I wouldn’t use vines on high value structures.

      They’ll probably send an update before too long.

      • Thanks for the response, Mr. Geiger.

        Weird, I didn’t get a notification. Yeah I thought the same thing about vines re water damage but I wondered about living roofs..I’m really torn on the best kind of roof to use because I seem to recall reading somewhere (I believe on your site?) that using round roofs or domes in humid/rainy climates would be inadvisable so now we’re laboring over alternatives that stay true to eco-friendly ideas.

        • Any shape or type of regular roof is fine. It’s just domes that are vulnerable in rainy climates because they don’t have roofs.

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