Are you ready to build? Having just completed a workshop with the California Institute for Earth Art and Architecture (www.CalEarth.org) we can answer with a resounding "YES!"
The wonders of Super Adobe:
Charlie and I slept in this exact one for our first week at Cal Earth.
The "Eco-Dome" can be built & finished by 4 people in about 9 weeks. It is 400 sq. ft. and this particular model cost just under $5,000 to construct and finish. Add more helpful hands and reclaimed construction materials to significantly reduce build time and cost.
Looking for something closer to a "normal" home. Check out the roughly 2,200 sq. ft. Earth One.
What is Superadobe?
These are tubes of sandbag material filled with 90% Earth from the building site and 10% cement. Between the bags is a single line of 4 point barbed wire. Can it withstand the Elements? When tested for Earthquake resilience by the city of Hesperia, California, the Hesperia Building Official said: "The buildings were stronger than the testing equipment." Fire doesn't burn Earth. Wind can't lift this home. Water is a risk for unstabilized, open-air Superadobe bags (shown above), but stabilizing with 7%-12% cement and properly maintaining a waterproof membrane will ensure a home for the next couple generations to grow up in.
Needless to say, the Cultural Recyclists are excited about this new technology and experience. I am seriously considering building a ~150 sq. ft. home for myself back in PA (it's all part of a Plan to be elaborated on in a future post).
Keep dreaming my dear readers. As we have found out, with enough faith and determination, they might just come true one day...