need to learn about the materials and the process-
the nuts-and-bolts.This is true regardless of whether
you plan to "build your own", or determine
if that contractor or architect back home is really
qualified to build for you.
We deploy slides, power-point, lecture, and on-the-spot sketches in the
classroom. At hands-on, we stress safety, demonstrate the
techniques and encourage you to get into the work. We want
you to learn about your cost options, about the thermal aspect
of mass walls, about seismic design and about the codes.
We back up our lecture with handouts and reference material.
plan and major topics-
The 2-day agenda is classroom all day on Saturday and Hands-on all day on Sunday. We may switch these days if Sundays prediction threatens rain. Class begins at 8 a.m. with coffee and fresh fruit/juice provided. We will typically hold class to a later hour on Saturday (6:30 pm) and let you out earlier on Sunday (3:30pm). In class, we'll be taking you through the steps for Earth wall construction: Preparing the site, identifying proper soils, stabilization, foundations, fireplaces, walls and windows, bond beams, and popular roofing solutions. Threaded in with the steps are tips on passive solar, green building, cost savers and finish options. We always stick to the current codes (the 2006 International Building Code and the 2006 International Residental Code.
For Sundays class, it's a rustic Hands-on day. Bring your work (or old) clothes, along with hat, gloves, supportive footwear and dark glasses (for eye protection from glare and flying adobe chips). We'll be building on a real