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

Handbook / Manual

By: Lisa Morey Schroder and Vince Ogletree

224 pages, colour photos

Chelsea Green

Paperback | Jul 2010 | #186935 | ISBN-13: 9781603582575
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NHBS Price: £29.95 $39 / €34 approx

About this book

Contrary to stereotypes, adobe is perfectly adaptable for use in cold, wet climates as well as hot and dry ones, and 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.


Preview of the Complete Construction Proces. 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 Brick Curing and Storage. Footings, Foundations, and Floors. Preparation for Adobe Wall Construction. The Crew for Adobe Wall Construction. Guidelines for Laying Adobe Bricks. Reinforcing in Detail. Creating the Reinforced Concrete Column. Preventing Cracks. Adobe Madre Scaffolding System. Electrical and Services. Installing Lintels. Installing Adobe Brick Arches. Installing Joinery. Installing a Bond-Beam. Wall Construction Process Overview. Choosing a Finish. Preparing Your Materials for Finishing. Wall Finish Application Methods.

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Lisa Morey Schroder has 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. 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.

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