Adobe Homes for All Climates: Simple, Affordable, and Earthquake-Resistant Natural Building Techniques

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Chelsea Green Publishing, Sep 6, 2010 - House & Home - 272 pages

The lay-up of adobe bricks is an easy, forgiving way to achieve a solid masonry-wall system. Contrary to stereotypes, adobe is perfectly adaptable for use in cold, wet climates as well as hot and dry ones, and for areas prone to earthquakes. With its efficient use of energy, natural resources for construction, and minimal effort for long-term maintenance, it’s clear that the humble adobe brick is an ideal option for constructing eco-friendly structures throughout the world.

The book is ideal both for first-time do-it-yourselfers and for experienced adobe builders seeking to improve their craft. Drawing on the experience of more than fifty major adobe projects since 1993, Adobe Homes for All Climates describes Adobe Building Systems’ patented reinforcement and scaffolding systems, showing readers how to construct adobe homes more easily and safely, and with superior strength, durability, structural integrity, and aesthetic appeal, as compared to earthen homes of the past.

All aspects of adobe construction are covered, including making and laying adobe bricks, installing lintels and arches, conduits and pipes, doors and windows, top plates and bondbeams, ideal wall dimensions, adobe finishes, and other adobe construction components, such as the inexpensive use of scaffolding. These methods will produce a premium product that will meet and often exceed inspection standards.

Equipped with this manual, you will be able to obtain a building permit, make adobe bricks swiftly, and confidently lay them up. You will be able to beautifully finish your adobe walls with earth plasters creating stunning colors and outstanding light effects and create a beautiful, energy-efficient home that will last for generations to come.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Preview of the Adobe Building Process
23
Getting Started with Your Design
27
Materials for Adobe Construction
35
Preparation of Site Equipment and Materials
43
Adobe Madre Brick Types and Molds
51
Making an Adobe Mix
56
Adobe Brick Making
63
Adobe Madre Scaffolding System
113
Electrical Plumbing and Other Services
119
Installing Lintels
123
Installing Adobe Brick Arches
137
Installing Joinery
148
Installing a Bond Beam
152
WallConstruction Process Overview
160
Choosing a Finish
164

Adobe Brick Curing and Storage
68
Footings Foundations and Floors
74
Preparation for AdobeWall Construction
83
The Crew for AdobeWall Construction
89
Guidelines for Laying Adobe Bricks
95
Reinforcing in Detail
100
Creating the Reinforced Concrete Column
104
Preventing Cracks
110
Preparing Your Materials for Finishing
171
WallFinish Application Methods
174
Closing
187
Acknowledgments
189
Glossary
191
Index
193
About the Authors
205
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Lisa Morey Schroder is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management as well as a diploma in Architectural Design. She has been involved in the design and planning stages of dozens of adobe homes and has years of hands-on experience in all aspects of adobe construction. Schroder lives with her husband and two children near Denver, Colorado, and offers services under Colorado Earth LLC.

Vince Ogletree founded Earth Building Consultants & Contractors, Ltd., in Auckland, New Zealand. Before his untimely death in 2005, he had twenty-three years of building experience including twelve years working with earthen and adobe methods. Vince dedicated himself to working on this manual in the last year of his life so that others could benefit from his knowledge and expertise in adobe building and share in his passion for earthen building and in his vision for environmentally conscious construction.



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