(A very small house, “Moon Cocoon”).
Learning and building an Eco-Dome is an excellent way to prepare for building a larger design such as the 3-bedroom house, because it provides a hands-on learning experience on the essential aspects of Super adobe construction. The Eco-Dome’s size of approximately 400 square feet (interior space), makes it a manageable structure for the first time owner builder. The finished “very small house” is self-contained and can become a small guest house, studio apartment, or be the first step in a cluster design of vaults and domes.
Built from local earth-filled Super adobe coils (soil-cement or lime-stabilized earth). Maximum use of space through alternative options. The main dome and four niches, depending on local code approval, can function as:
Natural disasters are human created disasters blamed on nature.
After a fire, hurricane, flood, or earthquake we immediately declare that this was a natural disaster, an act of God. Then we ask if we have insurance, or how soon will the government or U.N. come to help? And these are repeated and echoed in the media around the globe over and over again. But these are not the right questions. The right question is why did our house burn, fall apart, or get swept away? And when we have the chance to re-build it, why should we build it the same way and in the same place? Ultimately “natural disasters” are human created disasters blamed on nature.
The human impact in nature and its effects: pollution, deforestation, land mismanagement, the green house effect, and more, will undoubtedly accelerate the rate of disasters in the future. Added to that are the man-made disasters: millions of displaced humans, wars and human aggression and act of terrorism with its incalculable damage to human life and property. There is a sense of urgency to educate ourselves and our children to act more in harmony with nature, rather than insisting on dominating and interrupting the environmental process. As well as urgency to awaken to a new set of questions where we, and not nature or God, are to be blamed.
We must also prepare ourselves for the inevitable disasters. One of the best ways to shield against fire, flood, and storm may as well be with earth, water, air and fire. Nature does that itself. The equilibrium of the natural elements are the natural balancing acts among these universal elements.
To build simple emergency and safe structures in our backyards, to give us maximum safety with minimum environmental impact, we must choose natural materials and, like nature itself, build with minimum materials to create maximum space, like a beehive or a sea shell. The strongest structures in nature which work in tune with gravity, friction, minimum exposure and maximum compression, are arches, domes and vault forms. And they can be easily learned and utilize the most available material on earth: Earth.
Here, using a simple sandbag-and-barbed-wire technology, named Super adobe,
Use the materials of war (sandbags and barbed wire) to create a safe shelter in most regions of the globe as well as in your backyard.
· Utilize minimum amounts of purchased product and maximum amounts of the free earth under your feet.
· Participate in a family or community activity by building a shelter, or a sustainable community.
· Create a shelter with maximum protection against natural and man-made disasters.
prototype 3-Vaulted house has been tested and approved for California’s severe
earthquake codes and natural elements, in the harsh climate of the Mojave desert
(over 100 degree F summer temperatures, freezing winters, flash floods, high
speed wind, and the highest US earthquake zone 4).
features of the Earth house and 3-vaulted designs are:
Features of the Earth home design:
· Built with Super adobe (earth/stabilized earth filled sandbags and barbed wire).
· Simple design based on the repetition of a single module to simplify construction
· Vaulted earthen construction eliminates the need for timber.
· Environmentally friendly earthen materials, (non-toxic earth plasters and milk paint.)
· The new invention of offset vaults in the design eliminates corridors and creates a feeling of spacious interior.
· Passive cooling and heating options
· More vaults or domes can be added later. Start with 1 bedroom and grow to 4 or more.
· Wind scoop faces prevailing summer breezes for cooling. Doubles as winter fireplace.
· Indoor temperature lag due to thermal mass of material.
· Standard doors, windows, and interior fittings can be bought at local hardware stores.
· Can be built by hand using self-help techniques, or by machine using standard concrete pumps.
EARTH HOME MODEL D Plan (not to scale)
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