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Earthbag, awesome but totally illegal in my state?

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I'm trying to get information on how to legally build an earthbag residence in South Carolina but I can't find anything. Via google I read about a lady who is based out of Charleston who is a licensed architect and has a website lowcountrynaturalbuilding.com but it hasn't been updated in at least 6 months and I didn't get a reply to my email. So, who knows what happened. I just thought I'd include that b/c it does come up and I didn't want people to think I haven't tried researching the topic myself.

If anyone could please point me in the right direction, I would appreciate it.


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Hmmm....not sure if this will help, but much of the groundbreaking work was done in California at "Cal-Earth." They should point you in the correct direction. You may also need to change the "language" of your building plans...don't call it "earth bag"...or...augment the design with structural timber frame and use the earth bags to fill with something like "light straw clay." I am confident with some 'finagling' you will find something that fits you plans.

Here are some more links, and more pop up all the time:




Hope this helps...
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