I want to build an eco (mud house).

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Hiya,

I'm trying to locate some builders who can build an eco house our of adope mud or earthbags for me in India.

Would anyone have any leads one who I can contact?
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Why do you need a builder? The only thing you will achieve by going the route of a builder or a contractor is paying exorbitant amount. Get hold of any village craftsman who makes mud houses, you will know about such people by simple enquiry. This way you will not only save money, but provide livelihood to the needy which may help the dying art of constructing mud house in a small way.
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yes it is a good idea, the only thing I cant find anyone in Puttaparthy who builds mud houses, they used to build stone houses here, but its a dead art now. All buildings within the small villages here are being built by cement etc, as they get aid from the government now to build their own houses, I've asked around for years locally but with no luck I'm afraid.
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Have you heard about Earthships? There is one in Kodaikanal. See this site, maybe they can help you:
http://www.earthshipkaruna.net/
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You may look at getting in touch with INTACH (http://www.intach.org/)

This organisation helps in restoration of old buildings by using the same technique/method as was used when during the original construction. They may know people who know the art.
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Hadn't you better decide where to live first, Angelie?
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Ive decided Nick, I'm spreading out, having a small place in Parthy, as well as Mysore/coorg. A cheap and cheerful place in both locations, can move between both and then when and if the time comes leave Parthy for good!
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Originally Posted by snonymous View Post Have you heard about Earthships? There is one in Kodaikanal. See this site, maybe they can help you:
http://www.earthshipkaruna.net/
Excellent, Ive contacted him and he's keen to help! Thank you so much for the lead. God bless ya!
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post You may look at getting in touch with INTACH (http://www.intach.org/)
A very interesting link and they've a gr8 video up too!! Wonderful work they're doing, I will bare them in mind. Thank you!
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Eco house does not necessarily mean a mud house. Bricks in India are made out of baked mud too. There is more to engineering and science than putting a thatches/wood and mud shelter. Go find a good architectural student help you think this "eco" thing through.
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That is really a nice idea
If your option is in coorg pls let me know..
I am living in Wayanad and have a good connection with the tribals there who are very much expert in making mud houses
They will use mud and bamboo for that ,very much eco friendly and cost effective too
and the wonderful part of the idea is the money you are going to spend will reach directly to a tribal artisan group
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Originally Posted by Narayan moorthi View Post That is really a nice idea
If your option is in coorg pls let me know..
I am living in Wayanad and have a good connection with the tribals there who are very much expert in making mud houses
They will use mud and bamboo for that ,very much eco friendly and cost effective too
and the wonderful part of the idea is the money you are going to spend will reach directly to a tribal artisan group
That's wonderful, can you pm me your email/phone number plz, so I can contact you. Could these people come and build them in Mysore or Puttaparthy for extra cost?
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Thank you for interest..
I am not sure whether adding a e mail ID is against fair practice of this forum.
pls go through this website and hope Dr satheesh,who is an expert in Wayanad can help you more regarding this..
please google the word Green leaves wayanad ..since I forgot his num and web ID
you can reffer my name also to him
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Originally Posted by Angelie99 View Post That's wonderful, can you pm me your email/phone number plz, so I can contact you. Could these people come and build them in Mysore or Puttaparthy for extra cost?
Eco friendly also would mean utilising locally available materials. Bamboo is not local to either Mysore or Puttaparthi. Also skills/methods/design useful in Wayanad may not be appropriate in Puttaparthi. The climate is just too different.

Going a little into the rural interior in both places will get you people who might have skills to make use of local materials and build something that in in sync with and appropriate for the local landscape/climate.

Just my thoughts(2cents).
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