Despite the excellent publications and numerous example
buildings by Easton in the USA and CRATerre in France, earth
building has grown slowly in America and Europe. There are
now about a dozen SRE builders in the southern states of
the USA, whereas Europe does not appear to have any dedicated
However, in Australia, the popularity of SRE houses in WA
created a demand for builders able to offer this new, attractive
building form. Numerous contractors set up in business to
offer this new technique, but not all had the required skills.
Giles Hohnen thought that some cooperation amongst them
would be beneficial, so in the mid 1980ís he set up asEg.