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Natural building in the “Nature Island” Dominica

October 26, 2015

In February and March of 2015, we spent 8 weeks in Dominica starting the second phase of our farmstead project: an earth-bag round house. Earth-bag or Super-adobe construction utilizes rammed earth and adobe techniques to create a low cost and extremely durable building design. Requiring only simple tools the technique can be learned easily. This form of natural building uses local materials, and re-connects the builder to the soil as her main building material.

Super-adobe architecture suites Dominica perfectly because it is low cost, durable and most of all, it is completely natural. Earth-bag buildings have withstood earthquakes in Nepal, hurricanes in dominica and other extreme weather conditions around the world. Dominica is the ” Nature Island” of the Caribbean and is known for its awesome Waitukubuli national trail, which traverses the entire island with 100 miles of well maintained tracks.

Lacking white sand beaches, but abundant in untouched forest and other natural wonders, Dominica has fully embraced her ecological assets and has become a leading ecotourism destination. On any given day, you can find scores of backpackers, hikers and other eco travelers enjoying themselves in what is known locally as the Zion. The “Zion” is simply the name for the pristine, untouched and wild Dominican outback. So grab your back pack and hiking boots and come enjoy nature with us in Dominica. Here are a couple of pics of our build in DA.

Natural earthen plaster

Natural earthen plaster

Earth-bag under construction

Earth-bag under construction

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