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Inhabitat Reader Builds Sustainable Homes in Ghana

by , 09/22/10

ghana, brandon rogers, africa, ghana, earth bag, sustainable building, eco building, eco architecture, green architecture, green design, eco design, sustainable home

Rogers’ second project is an earth bag home located in the eastern region of Ghana near the township of Akosombo on the banks of the Volta River. Two structures are being planned for the site, the first of which is a guest house with approximately 1000 sq. ft. for one bedroom, a main space for the living/dining/kitchen areas and a multi-purpose room which will act as studio. The second space will act as the main residence and is going to be a two bedroom unit with a second floor loft.

Rogers decided to use earth bag building because of its many benefits. The walls ended up being 20 inches thick, meaning they can resist the elements while at the same time cooling and protecting. In fact, Rogers asked a few hunters to shoot the walls with shotguns, and they were proven to be bulletproof.

For the guest house, a wall was built using stone that was harvested from a neighboring mountain. From there, Rogers and his crew cast floor slabs and began the process of filling, sewing, ramping, and hauling the polypropylene sacks into place. The bulk of the walls went up very quickly over approximately a three-week period. The exterior was then plastered with a cement finish to minimize maintenance and then detailed with stone. The result of all of this work is a sturdy house made out of simple bags of earth.

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6 Comments

  1. Fati May 17, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    this is good but think it will be appreciated better if the cost and time needed to put up the structures can be compared to conventional ones.

  2. RaTheRepatriate October 7, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Brandon can be reached @ Brandon@MigratingCulture.com His Ghana cell # is +233540912240

  3. mykk01 July 20, 2011 at 7:20 am

    This type of house or structure is just what we are looking to do in the Northern regional town of Tamale.I am a former Pecae Corps Education Volunter,and I have built cabins with AT RISK YOUTH in Tenneessee.This would be a business that I and my Deaf friend/partner would like to build to help employ those that are “UNIQUE” as we like to say,not diasabled.Any contact information for Mr.Rogers and his “Neighborhood” would be great.Thisngs like materials needed the cost of both structure,both labor and materials.We want to start with one structure then later build more structures with the knowledge learned from Mr.Rogers projects.We are already buying the land so it won’t be long before we start looking for the labor.Thank you for your time.Michael H.Linahan

  4. Helical Earthbag Shelte... November 16, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    [...] for the surrounding desert environment. Ward-Karet wanted to gain some real world experience in the earthbag construction method while building in a manner that was in keeping with the surroundings. With a budget of $1,000, she [...]

  5. jade benji October 20, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    love to contact brandon rogers,could i hire him? would like his advise for a building project we have in mind in ghana.

  6. akyeame September 24, 2010 at 1:55 am

    I’m in Ghana and will be going to see a similar structure a friend is building as his home. Do you have the contact info for Brandon Rogers?

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