The earthbag architecture village (Pod 1) is the first of seven different sustainable village models to be built. The earthbag village was chosen as the first village to be built because we believe it will be the most affordable and easy to duplicate. It demonstrates the earthbag method of construction along with many eco-artistic external and functional internal options. This page contains the following sections related to the earthbag village:
The earthbag village consists of seventy-two 150-200 square foot (14-18.6 sq meter) earthbag hotel room styled cabanas plus 4 shower domes and 4 toilet domes and the central Tropical Atrium. The living domes are arranged in three-dome and six-dome clusters with a central sitting area designed for relaxation, a fire pit, and/or growing a small shared garden. Once the straw bale village (Pod 2) is complete this village model will ultimately serve as a rental, student housing, and/or new Community Member living Pod. Visit our furniture design page for the furniture designs for these domes.
Some of the key features and intentions for Pod One’s design include:
Pod One’s primary focus is to demonstrate maximally affordable sustainable housing that can be duplicated as easily as possible. Building with earthbags is easier to duplicate than most other methods because the bags are easy to purchase and ship, earth is free, and the mixture needed to stabilize the earth (lime or cement) is also affordable and globally available. Additionally, although we are currently working on obtaining permitting for our buildings, we chose the 150-200 square foot (14-18.6 sq meter) size to allow most people in most counties in the US to be able to duplicate our designs without permits. We will also open source share information from dome homes and earthbag villages that other people and communities build using our open source earthbag village blueprints to increase interest and global support for this method as a duplicable construction option.
Amira Kessem: Mechanical Engineering Student in Israel
Antonio Zambianco: Civil Engineering Student
Beatriz Rocha: Mechanical Engineering Student
Betty Lenora: Earthbuilding Instructor and Author
Biko Casini: Sustainable Building Expert, Permaculturalist, and Journeyman Mason
Bupesh Seethala: Architectural Drafter & Designer, BS Electrical Engineering (BupeshSeethala.com)
Da Ku: Mechanical Engineer (www.kudakk.com)
Dennis Wohlfeil: Earth Builder, Sustainable Technologies Expert, and administrator of TerraForm.org
Devin Porter: 3D Graphics Design Specialist (DevinPorter.com)
Doug Pratt: Solar Systems Design Engineer (see our Energy Infrastructure Hub)
Douglas Simms Stenhouse: Architect and Water Color Artist
Eric Puro: Sustainable Builder and Co-founder of ThePOOSH.org
Matheus Manfredini: Civil Engineering Student specializing in Urban Design
Mike Creedy: Earthbuilder and Electrical Engineer (FloridaDomeHome.com)
Philip Gill: Interior and Furniture Designer and Owner of Philip Gill Design
Robert Seton: Solar Design Engineer and Owner of Solar Hybrid Design
Ron Payne: Mechanical Engineer and HVAC / Thermal Designer
Samuel Soroaster: Permaculturalist, Sustainable Builder, PhD, and founder of Green New World
Scott Howard: Sustainable Building Expert and Owner of Earthen Hand Natural Building
Scott Thomas and the Shadow Ridge Signature Architecture Program
Sheng Xu: Mechanical Engineer
Song Dong: M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Victor Herber: Mechanical Engineer
As we continue open source project-launch blueprinting the earthbag village and all of its components, build it, and problem solve and evolve all the different aspects of this village model for One Community (and with others around the world) we will use this page as the portal to complete details for duplication. We are also including the additional portals for the vermiculture bathroom designs and eco showers and the Tropical Atrium. Specifics for making duplication of this village model as easy as possible include (links added as details become available):
|What we’re working on now|
|Building plans for all components|
|Detailed materials list and cost analysis for all components|
|Do-it-yourself multi-media resource and information hub|
|How to work with local government if permitting is needed|
|Detailed tools and equipment list, best place to buy, and cost analysis for all components|
|Detailed build-time investment needs for each component based on our building experience|
|Detailed plans for how to build custom furniture to maximize home beauty and functionality|
|Detailed dome-home heating and cooling research, plans, and adaptations by us and others|
|Detailed shower dome and toilet dome maximally energy efficient water heating specifics|
|How to install and utilize water catchment for each structure and the whole village model|
|How to install and maintain internet and a WiFi network for an off-grid community/village|
|Plastering, sealing, and weather proofing the inside and the outside of your natural home|
|Comprehensive remote-village-construction emergency fire, medical, and evacuation plan|
|How to make your build easier than ours and how to solve any problems we encountered in our build|
|Complete and on-going maintenance and upkeep details per our experience with all village components|
|Archive and database of others building similar structures including their experiences, adaptations, etc.|
|List of everyone who helped us design and build this so they can be contacted to help with modifications|
|Automation, monitoring, and control systems design, setup, and data gathering and sharing|
|All of the above for the Tropical Atrium food production and social gathering space|
|All of the above for the earthbag village vermiculture toilets and eco-shower designs|
|All of the above for the all natural greywater processing and reuse system|
|All of the above for complete renewable energy infrastructure|
|All of the above for complete sustainable food infrastructure|
The village and bungalows will include the following additional features:
Once Pod 2 is complete, this pod will ultimately serve as a rental, student housing, and/or new Community Member living Pod.
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Pod 1 is designed to demonstrate affordable, sustainable housing that can be duplicated as easily as possible. The earthbag construction method and cozy size of each unit are used for these reasons. The arrangement of the pods minimizes land needs and adds to the efficiency of this design.
Q: Will the individual units have electricity?
Yes, the individual units will have electricity. See our energy infrastructure details page for more information.
Q: How long will it take to build the entire village?
Please see the Earthbag Village Time Investment Page.
Q: Why are the living units so small?
Q: If One Community is supposed to be an example community to get the mainstream interested and for others to duplicate, how will you motivate people to live in low-tech residences like earthbag houses?
We expect the lifestyle One Community provides will be the primary motivator (initially). The Duplicable City Center also caters to those wanting a more “high-tech” living environment. The Straw Bale Village (Pod 2) is also a much more high-tech approach.
Q: How much will it cost to build the entire village?
Please see the materials list and cost analysis page for these details.
The earthbag village will be built within a 10-minute relaxed walk of the Duplicable City Center.
Q: What is the bathroom and shower to living-unit ratio, and how far are they from the homes?
For this seventy-two unit village there are 24 bathroom stalls and 20 showers built into the layout. The units the farthest away from the showers are about 120 ft (36.58 m) away. The units the farthest away from the bathrooms are about 150 ft (45.72 m) away.
Q: Why is the village designed to fit on only 1 acre?
With the growing population of the planet, we see maximizing space efficiency as an essential component of sustainability. From a Highest Good society perspective, we also see people choosing to live closely together versus distancing themselves as a growth and communication opportunity. Other reasons for this choice include:
Q: How will privacy be addressed with the dome clusters being so close together?
Privacy will be addressed primarily through grouping of like-minded people and communication with each other. The domes construction also makes them very good for containing sound and easy to make private by pulling shades. It is also important to note that additional private spaces, socialization spaces, and recreation spaces are all within a short walk.
Q: How do persons living in poverty go about building the communities that One Community suggests?
Our goal is to keep bringing the prices down for those who want to build with their own funds while also providing enough financial benefit for investors so that they’ll fund building them also. Both cases will provide opportunity for those who have nothing but time and labor to contribute.