Adobe Homes for All Climates: Simple, Affordable, and Earthquake-Resistant Natural Building Techniques
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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A Preview of the Adobe Building Process
Getting Started with Your Design
Materials for Adobe Construction
Preparation of Site Equipment and Materials
Adobe Madre Brick Types and Molds
Making an Adobe Mix
Adobe Brick Making
Adobe Madre Scaffolding System
Electrical Plumbing and Other Services
Installing Adobe Brick Arches
Installing a Bond Beam
WallConstruction Process Overview
Choosing a Finish
Adobe Brick Curing and Storage
Footings Foundations and Floors
Preparation for AdobeWall Construction
The Crew for AdobeWall Construction
Guidelines for Laying Adobe Bricks
Reinforcing in Detail
Creating the Reinforced Concrete Column