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When was this Sand Bag system developed?

This Sand Bag Building System that makes use of a timber ladder frame was first developed for new Staff housing at Twinstreams Environmental Centre in Mtunzini on the northern coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal. The project was completed in 2004. This project and it’s innovative building system went on to win the Africa Sustainable Building Best Practice Award for residential projects in 2004. In response to using the only locally available materials at hand, sand and timber, a new building system was developed for the project that could largely involve the local unskilled labour force.


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"E-WIRE" lights by Andy Horn

The Eco Design lighting range is made from local or recycled materials. Standing Floor Lamps, Desk Lamps, Pendant Lights and Chandeliers are available. The lamp stands are from locally moon phase harvested alien timber. Recycled car parts are used as bases. Various paper shades & low energy LED light bulbs provide good lighting and create a beautiful atmosphere.

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We offer a number of construction & info manuals on our website on natural building technologies which specifically refer to the South African context. The info manual "A LIME DUNG PLASTER RECIPE" has recently been added to the collection.   Click here for more information.

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