5. Sandbag Shelter Future

sandbagwall5. The sandbag technology is still in its beginning stages, but its future is very bright. In many countries it has the potential to revolutionize the construction market. Two major trends are preparing the ground. One is the increasing worldwide ambition to build in a more environ- mentally friendly way, and the second is the fact that the energy required to build sandbag houses is very low. In the future the sandbag system will become cheaper and cheaper as prices for energy and transport are rising all over the place.

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3. Components of a Sandbag shelter

sandbagwallThe Ecobag system is formally presented as a modified timber-frame house. The frame of the house is constructed with Ecobeams forming the inside and outside walls as well as ceiling and roof. The uprights in the wall are spaced approximately 900 mm apart. Any type of window or door can be mounted on the frame. The best way to realize low-cost housing is to put up this light framework by a professional company first. It functions like a three-dimensional plan mak- ing it quite easy to the future inhabitant to finish the in-fill of sandbags by himself without being skilled in construction work.

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4. How It Works In Sandbag Sheltering

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The following is a detailed description of how to build the standard Ecobag house as it is nor- mally done in South Africa. It should give a rough idea of how the technique works.

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2. Why build with sandbags?

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2. Why build with Sandbags?

To say it in one sentence: Because with sandbags you can build better quality houses for less money by using absolutely ecologically sound and natural materials.

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1. History of sandbag approach

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1. At the beginning of the 21st century, the building industry is marked by the development of more and more highly technological and specialized new building materials. Trying to solve the world ÃÅs environmental and energy problems by producing expensive artificial materials in cen- tralized high-tech factories seems to be the current trend. Simultaneously, the on-site building process is becoming more and more complex and difficult and requires highly skilled and very expensive labour.

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