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The buildings each have a ferrocement roof and are finished off with a lime plaster.Together, these two domes were constructed for less than ,000 NZ dollars.I ran out of money, made a heap of mistakes and was continually hounded by naysayers.But today I’m sitting inside that beautiful handcrafted home.
Two years ago, the Foutses began building the earthbag home, while researching online, reading “Earthbag Building” and attending the 2014 Natural Building Extravaganza in North Carolina to get ideas and hone their skills.
(Jan Biles/The Capital-Journal) Keith Fouts holds a block of papercrete, which is made mostly of newspaper and cement.
Borax is added during the papercrete-making process to discourage insects and prevent mold and mildew.
is a must-have manual for every home, as an emergency guide.
Now for the first time this book is made available to people around the world by its inventor, award-winning architect Nader Khalili (1932-2008), whose specialty was skyscrapers and who dedicated his life to teaching others how to build shelter for humanity.
(Jan Biles/The Capital-Journal) A block of papercrete, foreground, rests on a table alongside a display showing how the earthen floor is constructed of layers of rock, Styrofoam, sand and cob, a mixture of clay, sand and straw.