kristin gooding wrote:I want to build an earthbag home but i want it mostly underground. Have you heard of anyone doing this? Is there a web site to locate builders? Ive done lots of research on earthbags but would rather get it done right the first time.
Time Beardsley wrote:A question for dillion, could you tell us more about your ferro-cement plaster?
Jay C. White Cloud wrote:I try to not generally get too deep into the EB discussions, unless I see a "direct question," or I am able to speak to or an overt observation about a method that can and has lead to issues. I admit I have some strong reservation about this "repurposing" of this "gabion and embattlement/erosion strengthening methods" into domestic architecture that has become EB architecture. Yet I do see some possible positives in certain applications.
In this thread my primary concern will be with improper plaster choices. OPC cement plasters/renders (aja ferro cement) are not a "good practice" in either natural building or any structure that is expected not to have moisture issue and good ventilation. It may seem disconnected (I don't believe it is) but the following video's of a professional colleague of mine speaks to the many challenges that opc cement renders have on architecture....I would further note, that it can take years or decades before these issues reveal themselves and more time before the damage they cause are noted further. In general OPC or other modern cements are just not a good material to ever use in any application...and especially in natural building and its related systems.