Mitimilele Ltd

Earthbag House Foundation

Msambweni, May 2015

Laying the foundation for our earthbag house in Msambweni has been finished. The size of the house will be 12 meters in diameter. The unique building method we employ for this building project was pioneered by Iranian-American Nader Khalili who first put his ideas to practical use by providing emergency shelter for Iraqi refugees in 1995. Hence the houses made of earthbags needed to be highly affordable, easy and quickly to build for non-skilled labourers as wells as made from widely available materials with only the simplest of tools.

In a nutshell Earthbag building boils down to filling bags with an appropriate fill material, tamping them solid and stacking them sensibly. And since most of the material used for erecting the shell of the house is locally available earth this building method goes beyond the aforementioned advantages and further impresses through a very low impact on the environment, extreme durability and a high degree of sustainability.

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