Green Home Building and Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable architecture is an exciting and important field, with many people reviving traditional methods of building and others creating innovations to established practices. Kelly Hart, webmaster of the popular website, posts text and photos featuring what he discovers from around the world.

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Kelly Hart has been involved with green building concepts for much of his life. He has also worked in various fields of communication media, including still photography, cinematography, animation, video production and now website development. Kelly has lived in an earthbag/papercrete home that he built and consults about sustainable building design.

September 18, 2008

Earthbags Gone Wild in the Philippines!

Mainly through the efforts of Illiac Diaz, a charismatic entrepenuer/actor/model/athlete, the Philippines has been home to some very innovative public works utilizing earthbags. Illiac discovered the benefits of this technology several years ago at Nader Khaili’s CalEarth Institute in Hesperia, California, and has been promoting earthbag building in the Philippines ever since.

Diaz is the Executive Director of My Shelter Foundation which has collaborated with various other governmental and industrial organizations to build new schools and clinics throughout the Philippines. He is quick to point out the many economic and sustainable advantages of this method of building, since the main component is abundant and natural earth. In hurricane-prone areas, such as the Philippines, earthbag buildings can withstand the ravages of nature better than most other systems. And with thicker walls, they are more thermally stable.

Here are several pages where you can find out more about the humanitarian works of Illiac Diaz:,,


Anonymous Anonymous said...

let all be fine and well,

i am in the recoding process in portland oregon. we are going to have legal natural building structures! i need some information on earth bags for our proposal. any ideas? send to

thank you!

1:26 PM  
Blogger Kelly Hart said...

The best source of all kinds of information about earthbag building is our collaborative website:

3:36 PM  
Blogger rachel said...

i am a civil engineering student here in manila. I would like see the earthbag buildings constructed here in the philippines personally. Can you help me find the exact location of the said structures?thank you and God Bless!

4:27 AM  
Blogger Kelly Hart said...

If you follow the links to the various articles there may be some clues as to where the various structures are located.

12:10 PM  
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