From the Ground Up

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If you have been searching online about Earthbags and like us (when we first looked) found that nothing seemed to cover how to actually make it happen then you are in the right spot.

In August 2017, we got our Building Permit for Australia’s first Earthbag Dome Home.
It was not an easy process.

It took us two years before we got approval, and it was more of a headache than it should have been.
As we write this we are in the process of rendering and fitting out our home, and should be living in it by June 2019.

The biggest thing was – trying to work out how each item would meet the Building Code and then explaining it to “the experts” along the way until we found the right people.

We needed to:

  • Create learning / explanation materials for the “experts” and translate a lot of the “earthbag jargon” into building industry language.
  • We needed to create a lot of the diagrams for them (which they would then go through, verify and approve)
  • We needed to work out what questions to ask
  • We needed to work out what we needed to change or compromise on (compared to traditional earthbag building techniques) in order to make this happen.

And we did it!

  • We met Energy Efficiency
  • We met Bushfire Ratings
  • We had Engineer Sign off
  • We had a folder of materials on each and every aspect of our home …
    and our home has a final cost of less than $40,000

So, our thoughts were that rather than you needing to scratch your head and wonder how the heck to do it or if it you could, we would do up a book and go through all the different stages for you from the Ground Up.

This book is scheduled to be released June 2019
This is to ensure that through experience each and every part of the way, we can share what worked, what didn’t and the real human experience so that you can explore this idea with your eyes open.

We share:

  • Part 1: The Preparation and Building Approval Process (including a Timeline to help show where things fit in the order of things)
  • Part 2: The Build, each step in the process (The good, the bad, the ugly, what worked, what didn’t and all the little tips and tricks that helped along the way)
  • Part 3: The Tools and References (how to make the different tools, bag stand, where to find suppliers etc)
  • Part 4: The Human Experience: How it felt, working with others, running workshops vs. working by ourselves, managing time on the build vs working regular jobs etc. and more …

If you are interested, let us know and we can get in touch when it is done!