Could earthbag construction be a good choice for a back to nature sustainable tree hugger home? Earthbag construction has evolved as an earth friendly construction over many years and offers an ecological and economical choice for someone interested in building one. Earthbag construction can be a good decision for your health, investment and lifestyle with the right location and right mindset. It is a very effective and efficient means for building an interesting eco home that can save money, resources and time compared to more conventional houses using synthetic and toxic materials. You may be thinking there is no way that you would live in an earthbag home but at least read this post to see if the basics and benefits of a more ecological and economical living space might work for an in law / outlaw suite.

Earthbag Construction

An example of earthbag construction.

Earthbag construction is typically a combination of natural materials like cement, clay, lime, metal, mortar, rock and stone. These materials are the basic building blocks found in most countries around the world. Earthbag construction is earth friendly in that  it uses clay and sand which are the most abundant natural materials available for providing affordable and practical healthy homes. You can conserve energy, materials and resources by using the natural and renewable resources found locally. Earthbag construction also called sandbag construction is a fairly easy process if you have a contractor or consultant who knows what they are doing and can access the necessary labor and materials. Well built and designed earthbag construction can even be built off grid and in remote areas to provide a cost and energy efficient healthy home.

Easy Earthbag Construction

Earthbag construction can be a great solution for the home needs of a wide variety of people when built properly. If done improperly earthbag or sandbag construction can result in a health hazard and living nightmare. When earthbag construction is done properly and combined with clever architecture and planning it can offer a healthy home and sustainable lifestyle. With a good design and mostly local materials  you can enjoy the benefits of an affordable, durable and energy efficient healthy home for a simple and sustainable lifestyle. Earth friendly earthbag construction can help provide quality healthy homes with a lower carbon footprint and price tag compared to the majority of modern conventional homes.

Earthbag construction provides a relatively easy and fast way to build and provide a comfortable, durable and earth friendly home. They can withstand a wide variety of climates and conditions when properly designed, maintained and well built. Creative earthbag construction designs can offer a wide selection of safe, strong and sustainable designs. Architects, designers and engineers using Computer Automated Design (CAD), combined with  a little desire and creativity can draft blueprints of beautiful homes. Earthbag homes can benefit the owner with lower energy, maintenance and repair costs. This method offers many eco friendly choices that may contain less toxins than most conventional modern homes. There are many examples of well built and designed earthbag construction in different areas of the world that can potentially last for 100+ years of practical use with minimal maintenance and upkeep. The current global economy, energy issues and environmental concerns are encouraging more people to reduce their carbon footprint and rethink energy efficient home designs, ideas and options. Earthbag construction offers a better alternative to many conventional houses built with harmful and toxic materials. Maybe building one could create the perfect healthy home for you and your family.


Tools needed for earthbag construction.

Many people could be better off with earthbag construction they build themselves rather than spending a fortune buying a conventional house our mobile home containing lots of toxic chemicals and materials that will off gas for decades. Many people are sinking deeper in debt with a big 30 year mortgage and payments creating a major drain on their health, money, resources and time for the typical builder grade materials and subpar workmanship. Building or buying earthbag construction can offer you a better option since it requires less fossil fuel resources while providing cost and energy efficient features. It offers an affordable, durable, eco friendly, efficient, functional and sustainable home that can meet a small family’s long term needs. This information is intended to help educate, inspire and motivate people to look at earthbag construction as a cost effective way to reduce their carbon footprint while enjoying a more sustainable lifestyle.

Many smart people are waking up to discover that earthbag construction can offer a better building alternative for less than many other housing options. When we invest the energy, money and time to educate our selves and demand better construction choices we find some amazing new ideas and options available to us. The last two years of research and travel for better earth friendly construction practices has helped me gain great ideas, insights and inspiration  for developing and designing eco homes for our Belize Eco Village.

Earth Friendly Earthbag Construction

As more people investigate, learn and research about saving energy, simpler lifestyles, sustainable solutions and transition towns the idea of using earthbag construction is a choice to consider.    We will likely see more earthbag homes in earth friendly, intentional and sustainable communities as the benefits becomes better broadcast. As more people understand the benefits of building and living in well designed earthbag home they will discover the benefits over conventional homes that can negatively impact their finances, health and lifestyle. Earthbag construction provides healthy homes to help supply the growing global demand and benefits include:

  • Affordable, natural and renewable materials create beautiful healthy homes.
  • They are vert durable, maintainable and sustainable .
  • Using local, natural and plentiful building material is less disruptive to the ecosystem.
  • Earthbag homes can be encompass a variety of unique building designs and features.
  • Building with earth and local materials like cement, clay, lime, sand, rock and stone is earth friendly and sustainable construction.
  • Flexible designs and shapes offer attractive and creative earthbag homes.
  • Natural and non toxic building materials create healthy homes that are beneficial for people with chemical sensitivities.
  • It is most cost efficient when built near local material sources to avoid expensive transportation costs.
  • Minimum skills are needed to do sustainable external and internal earthbag construction.
  • Transportation costs are reduced when using local clay, rock, sand, stone and wood.
  • Potential concerns and considerations with earthbag construction include: building codes, city planning, quality control, septic systems, waste water issues, weather and zoning restrictions.

SandbagsThe best way to get educated and excited about earthbag construction is to learn directly from some experts. Earthbag Building offers a wealth of information on earthbag construction as a viable option for many eco friendly people looking to transition to a smaller carbon footprint and sustainable lifestyle. How Stuff Works has a great article with a wealth of information on how earthbag construction works. A Treehugger News article and video on earthbag construction shows an impressive and inspiring earthbag home built for $11.50 per square foot. Nifty Homestead also had an interesting article about building earthbag homes.

Our blog shares simple strategies to help people embrace earth friendly construction ideas like earthbag construction to help provide quality housing for people around the planet. As we discover the real long term cost for conventional houses built with harmful materials we realize the urgency to embrace more cob and wood construction in the US and many other countries. Earthbag construction can provide affordable, durable and energy efficient housing which may be a great option for many people.

Healthy Habits & Habitats

In 2017 Morningstar NEWS will focus 50% on Healthy Habits and 50% on Healthy Habitats and Sustainable Systems. As we research and role model proven principles for our future Belize Eco Village and wellness center we are eager to share the wisdom we find. Our vision is attracting a wide variety of conscious and passionate people to help design, develop, build and live in our eco friendly, healthy, sustainable transition community. Being healthy as we invest, live, retire, travel, visit and work results from a happy, healthy and heavenly lifestyle. We invite ideas, insights and inspiration to help us focus our planning and progress. Sharing solutions, strategies, suggestions and systems will help all of us design and develop better eco communities.

Where is Your Gap?

What actions, behaviors, beliefs and decisions regarding your habits and habitats are impacting your happiness and health? What will it take to make better choices to avoid the health hazards of unhealthy homes? Investing in earthbag construction could provide a healthy home that offers great value. A small investment of energy, money and time will help you understand the benefits of owning a healthy home made using earthbag construction. Does supporting an  ecological environment and sustainable standard of living sound appealing enough to check out earthbag home construction?

Mastery Action Plan (MAP)

Our daily habits and habitats impact our happiness and health. There is a wealth of wisdom showing the benefits of building earth friendly earthbag construction for a healthy home and wise choice. What are you willing to do to provide more sustainable housing choices? Creating a healthy habitat code of conduct and mastery action plan will enhance the quality of life now and in the future. We cannot sustain our happiness and health without healthy changes and choices.  Are you ready to de-clutter, detox and down size in order to build an earthbag home that is modern, modular and more sustainable?

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