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Arizona Earthbag construction

 
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Anyone building with earthbags in Arizona. If so I need to know more about getting plans developed for a home. I also would like to know anyone in the Yavapai county area that has built with earthbags. Im trying to find a contractor designer that is familar with meeting building codes.
 
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You are most likely inside a city limit but if you do build outside any city limit you dont need to build to code.
I am not too sure they have a code for earthbag?

I would do a quick google search to see who else have build one near you and see who they used or if they can help.
I would also love to know if your are going to build a food forest and if so what plants you are going to get.

Someday hopefully I will get to where you are at and I will be able to build my home.
 
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S Bengi wrote:You are most likely inside a city limit but if you do build outside any city limit you dont need to build to code.
I am not too sure they have a code for earthbag?

I would do a quick google search to see who else have build one near you and see who they used or if they can help.
I would also love to know if your are going to build a food forest and if so what plants you are going to get.

Someday hopefully I will get to where you are at and I will be able to build my home.



Hi S. Bengi
Thank you for contributing I am not in the city limits the property is zoned RCU10a which means it's rural residential and it can come under building codes. Today I recommend to anyone building with any alternative materials to check their local Safety and Building Department. It's not so much the materials but meeting certain codes for load bearing walls and septic use etc. The International Residential Building Codes in my area have no restrictions to materials used the IRC codes do require load bearing insulation values and other code requirements much like any house construction.
Hence the reason for looking for a contractor familiar with what I want to build with and can keep me from having issue.

The Safety and Building Inspectors do not spend time trying to find code violations here as much but even with a 40 acre piece of property one still has to worry about a neighbor calling something in because they don't like what your doing. It is a risk that not many discuss on forums that I have seen.
Another issue is that if you build with out codes you run the risk of an inspector telling you you have to tear it down or costly fines or both and having to go back into making it compliant.

I would love to have been able to buy in some other place perhaps with no building codes but I follow a wise practice of building environmentally, sustainable and preparedness which leads to building with in easy distance of where you are. Available materials on the land and water needs are all important reasons to make your decisions on.

I wish you luck in finding that piece for yourself as it already brought me piece of mind.
 
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I have just begun looking into building with earthbag construction in Navajo County AZ. I am trying to gather as much info as possible at this time before I get started; in that search I came across this firm which will do the engineering of your plans to code: http://www.structure1.com/index.html . I have called and spoken to the owner and he has done other earthbag projects to code (approved) in AZ.
 
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Hello, I'm considering buying land in yavapai county and would like to learn how to build earthbag homes. If anyone is taking on this task in Arizona and would like some help, please let me know. I'm willing to give my time on weekends for the learning experience. My email is zbryant8@yahoo.com. Thanks and good luck!
 
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I also live in Yavapai County & am considering on Earthbag or Compact Earth house, & would like to know what the local laws are regarding this.
 
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Hello everyone! Just saw this thread and wanted to jump in. We have land outside of Seligman, AZ and are seriously considering an earth bag home. Off-grid no codes. We actually have bags already and are visiting Cal Earth this weekend for their open house. We are far from being an expert but are happy to get in on the discussion

Jim
 
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Hi Jim.  I have property in between Seligman and Ash Fork AZ & was wondering if you had made any progress with earthbag building?  My plan is to build Spiral 2 one of Owen Geiger's house plans bags filled with scoria.  Would love any feedback anyone might have.  

When I talked with Yavapai County about plans for earthbag homes they said that they must be engineer stamped.  Structure1 has been recommended by Dr Geiger for this purpose.
 
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I'd like to know how this turned out for you.  We have land in Rimrock, (Yavapai Cnty) and are considering either super or hyper adobe, or cob.  Did you have any issues with building with earth?  Thank you!
 
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We're doing research on Mohave County for earthbag building. Lots of info and so far have found that "alternative" building does require a stamp.
Any others here that have built earthbag structures?
 
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Try looking at the Coconino county web site. They have an earthbag section. I'm trying right now to get approved for an EB home. It's slow going.
 
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Jim Grieco wrote:Hello everyone! Just saw this thread and wanted to jump in. We have land outside of Seligman, AZ and are seriously considering an earth bag home. Off-grid no codes. We actually have bags already and are visiting Cal Earth this weekend for their open house. We are far from being an expert but are happy to get in on the discussion

Jim

  I recommend going on the county web site and making sure about codes. Daily fines and taking down the structure are possibilities.
 
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I looked at the Yavapai county site and they want permits and inspections for everything. I did not look that hard,  but saw nothing about EB homes.
 
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I was considering the same thing in Apache county, and wound up contacting an earthbag engineering form known as structure1. They would be happy to engineer your structure for you, but when I inquired, they would utilize the properties of rubble stone in their calculations. As far as I know Yavapai, Apache and Navajo counties will let you build using alternative methods, BUT you have to have engineer stamped plans. That pretty much absolves the building code people from any liability. Though your experience may (and probably will) be different than mine I remember it would have cost about $4000 to get drawings.
 
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I am a natural builder living in Phoenix Arizona. I have built cob, adobe, and wood hybrids. I am starting an earthbag hybrid project in Idaho until winter comes (first experience with earthbags). After fall I will be available in Arizona to help with earthbag or any natural building project if needed.
 
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Hi, I am looking for a person who can help me to build a  earth bag home in eloy arizona. I googled but did not find anyone. Please help if you anyone interested .
 
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I am also looking at Apache County and possibly Mojave County. How are those homes coming along?
 
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Coconino county. Single wall earthbag walls don't meet the county's requirements without 2 inches of foam panels to meet required R values. I never could find an online statement of what Rvalue a cinder rock and dirt filled earthbag would be. While the ADEQ says a double vault compost toilet is approved you will need a septic tank for greywater? I had planned watering shade trees with greywater and running any excess or plumbing problems I would have a diversion to a pit filled with wood chips and some plants. I guess that's why so many people live in travel trailers.
               My earthbag build is on hold.
 
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