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Adobe Homes for All Climates
Simple, Affordable, and Earthquake-Resistant Natural Building Techniques
by Lisa Schroder and Vince Ogletree
The lay-up of adobe bricks is an easy, forgiving way to achieve a solid masonry-wall system. In Adobe Homes for All Climates, two veteran adobe builders show how modern spins on an old art can make adobe practical even for cold, wet, or earthquake-prone areas.. With its efficient use of energy, natural resources for construction, and minimal effort for long-term maintenance, the humble adobe brick is an ideal option for constructing eco-friendly structures throughout the world.
This 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. Paperback. 205 pages. Chelsea Green Publishing. 2010. ISBN: 978-1-60358-257-5.
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