Sandbag Houses use sandbags instead of traditional brick-and-mortar to build a house that does not require skilled labor or electricity.
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To construct the walls for the Sandbag House, sandbags are assembled inside timber frames and then plastered over, with strong wire attached to the corner section.
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User Provision Model
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Each Sandbag House unit takes 3500 sandbags to build, with the sand is providing fireproofing, waterproofing, and soundproofing. The walls are made of sandbags in-fills between Eco-beam frames, with a plaster applied over a wire mesh as a wall finish. The Eco-beam frames are made in a Cape Town factory and transported to the building site.
Technical support on the use of this technology is available from Ecobeam International.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
This construction method targets low costs of construction and sustainable appropriate technological transfers.
Vetted Performance Status
No known safety hazards are related to this product.
Complementary Technical Systems
The sandbag construction is designed to operate along with eco-beams.