Updated on March 11, 2024


Created on October 21, 2020

Sandbag Houses

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Sandbag Houses uses sandbags to construct walls inside timber frames.

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Product Description

Sandbag Houses use sandbags instead of traditional brick-and-mortar to build a house that does not require skilled labor or electricity.

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Manufacturing/Building Method

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.

Intellectural Property Type

Select Type

Distributions to Date Status

10 houses

Unique Design (Yes/No)


Intended number of occupants (#)

5 occupants

Duration of construction (days)

84 days

Footprint area (m²)

40 m2


Number of storeys

1 storey

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Flammable flash point temperature (ºC)


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Seismic Design Category


Suitable Climates


Design Specifications

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.

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Technical Support

Technical support on the use of this technology is available from Ecobeam International.

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Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

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.

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Compliance with regulations

The product is certified by Agrement South Africa the South African Bureau of Standards and the National Home Builders Registration Council.

Other Information

The building technology is certified under Agrément Certificate #2011/398.

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