We've been experimenting with a few earth bag buildings in the past - the compost toilet shelter, the shower spiral, our future fire pit... So this time we built an actual earth bag dome as per Nader Khalili (www.calearth.org ). We employed three youths from the surrounding farm with the view of training them as part of the team to build many more of those structures for our volunteers and hopefully also to inspire a more appropriate, thermally efficient low cost house instead of tin shacks!
This 4-meter diameter dome also has a sleeping pod attached to the east.
It took us 24 days to complete the rough bag work - just before Christmas - with some scratch plaster in the bottom sections.
We'll complete the exterior plaster in the next few days.
Thomas Linders, Michèle Schiess, Sid Organe and Meisha Mulla run Rosendal Permaculture Centre on Waaipoort Farm with the assistance of Honest Moyo and many volunteers from all over the world