- 10 Day Earth-Building Workshop (Philippines)
22 April to 2 May 2014
Barangay of Pari-an, Sigma, Capiz
Off Grid Aid wants to empower Filipinos to build cost-effective, typhoon resistant housing using local materials. This workshop will be run by experienced international volunteers to provide training in earth-building technologies and permaculture solutions. This workshop is designed for Filipinos interested in utilising such technologies in their home towns.
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At this workshop you will…
- Build a 6.8m X 4m Day-care Centre that doubles as an evacuation shelter.
- Work with our team to understand how these technologies can complement traditional Filipino techniques.
- Walk away being able to build typhoon resistant houses in your community.
This workshop is part of the “Philippines Eco Housing Project“. This will be the first of two workshops, with the second being held in October 2014 as an extension of the first. The Day-care Centre built during the workshop will be built as a prototype to facilitate local acceptance and understanding of the technology. Read More about this prototype…
You will be taught the theory and practice of:
- Earth-bag building technology
- Natural building techniques
- Permaculture (sustainable living solutions)
- Waterproofing techniques
- Rendering / Plastering (palitada)
- Reading and making blueprints (plans)
- Site planning and preparation
- How to apply this technology to your community
- Theory in Off-Grid energy / cooking / rainwater catchment / waste recycling systems
What is Earth-Bag Technology?
Long or short rice bags filled with earth and arranged in layers or long coils (compression) with strands of barbed wire placed between them to act as both mortar and reinforcement (tension). Stabilizers such as cement, lime, or asphalt emulsion may be added. Earth-bag structures have passed earthquake and typhoon resistance testing.
Off-Grid Aid sees earth bag technology to be effective when combined with traditional Filipino techniques (e.g. Nipa roofing). Our curved wall prototype promises the strength of arch geometry, while being simple to learn and apply.
This technology was originally patented by Cal-Earth as “Superadobe”. Read more on their website.
Are you ready to foster the bayanihan spirit?
Do you want to build with the earth under your feet?
We are looking for workshop attendees who:
- want to learn and apply earth-building technologies, while transferring these skills back into their local community.
- are willing to coordinate homeless and unemployed Filipinos to work together to build typhoon resistant housing for each other. (Tentatively scheduled for 2015. Efforts will be supported with a daily allowance of PHP 200 per day.)
- have a basic ability to read, write and speak English.
- are in good physical health.
Want to Join the Workshop?
Download April 2014 Workshop Pamphlet
This pamphlet will be given to prospective Filipinos interested in attending the workshop.