Awhile ago, I wrote to you asking if you had any recommendations for stabilizing our 14′ (inner diameter) scoria dome tank house which had started to fail as a result of the bags breaking down. I wanted to give you an update.
We paid a crew last November to shotcrete it inside and out, and it is performing very well. I just wish I knew whether it was the mass of concrete or the insulation of the bags. Probably a combo. I am interested to see how it performs once the mass has heated up a bit this summer.
My husband Mike put a couple of temperature sensors on the building, one inside and one out in the shade. I’ve included those charts, as they are quite interesting. Please use this info in any way you feel is worthwhile for others.
Thanks, Tina Phillips
Cañon City, CO
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Clay DiMeno has been up to his usual tricks, building a unique fire pit at his Texas property. Here you can see him adding faux stone plaster to the arch. Both the bench and the ring around the fire pit were fashioned with earthbags. In this photo you can see how he has begun to […]
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For many years I have wondered about the effectiveness of various products that advertise that they can insulate roofs and walls by simply painting them! The technology is said to stem from the science (developed by NASA) of protecting space vehicles by coating them with tiny ceramic spheres that reflect heat, so that they don’t […]
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I got an email from Cari Corbet-Owen saying, “I recently completed producing a 2- part series on 1) why natural building is so imperative and 2) the challenges that stand in our way aka. building codes. I have posted them on youtube so that they are freely available and readily accessible. I’d love for them […]
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Make your own modeling clay with this Cold Porcelain Recipe…
Kroy Socks Yarn by Patons – a review of socks knitted with this yarn…
Jenny Pickerill is a professor of environmental geography at the University of Sheffield, and I met her when she was conducting research for this book, gallivanting around the world on a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Fellowship. She interviewed me and we toured a variety of novel eco-homes near Crestone, Colorado, where I was living […]
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A group called Sawah Bali is boosting economic activity in rural areas, and protecting farmland and traditional lifestyles in Bali. Their economic stimulus program revolves around saving agriculture by promoting organic farming, permaculture and improved business practices. More at the source: Sawah Bali
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